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Since its inception sixteen years
ago the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival has established itself
as the highlight of the Pharos Arts Foundation's Concert and Recital Series,
garnering enthusiastic acclaim from music lovers all over the world. Guided
by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence, the Pharos
Festival has become one of Europe's preeminent music festivals, while it has
made chamber music more accessible to the general public in Cyprus, by
presenting exciting programmes and performances of the highest level by some
of the world’s most renowned soloists. The Festival also maintains a strong
tradition of community service, with educational concerts organized for
students of public schools and a number of master-classes for young
Organized between 19 May and 4 June 2016, the 16th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival features a line-up of twenty unique musicians who will join forces for eight concerts at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia and at the Gothic Hall of the Royal Manor House at Kouklia, Palaipaphos. Exploring the many forms of the chamber music genre, the Festival will encompass an impressive array of instrumental combinations and repertoire, ranging from Paganini and Boccherini, all the way through Mozart, Schubert and Brahms, to Shostakovich and Prokofiev, as well as a number of rarely performed masterpieces.
THE 2016 EDITION:
The 16th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival will open on Thursday 19 May 2016, at The Shoe Factory, with a recital by the exceptional young Viennese violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, who has impressed audiences worldwide a few months ago after winning the second and special prizes at the Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki. Emmanuel will join forces with another rare young talent from Vienna, pianist Maximilian Kromer, in works by Mozart, Schubert, Franck and Kreisler.
After an intensive week of educational activities, the 16th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival will move to the Royal Manor House of the ancient village of Kouklia near Paphos, which is specifically transformed by the Festival to a first class recital hall. Some of the world’s greatest musicians will join forces for six concerts, between 27 May and 2 June 2016, in an impressive array of works. The Festival will host, for the first time in Cyprus, the great Yuja Wang – a pianist who radiates palpable magnetism and a distinctly contemporary sensibility, described as “simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today”. The Festival will also welcome the return visit of the exceptional Yevgeny Sudbin – hailed as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century”. Along with the Festival’s regular guests – distinguished cellist and artistic director of the Festival Alexander Chaushian, Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Daishin Kashimoto, the impressive violinist Boris Brovtsyn, violinist Levon Chilingirian and violist Diemut Poppen this year’s Festival will also host, the fascinating German pianist Katharina Treutler, violinist Henning Kraggerud – famed for his deep natural musicianship, virtuosity and beauty of tone, renowned double-bass player Nabil Shehata, the remarkable Alessandro Carbonare – principal clarinettist of the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Fabio Zanon – one of the pre-eminent guitarists of our times, violinist Monika Urbonaite, violists David Abrahamyan and Shira Majoni, cellist Tim Park, and two wonderful and extremely charismatic young singers – soprano Ruzan Mantashyan and Cypriot baritone Markos Kleovoulou.
On Saturday 4 June 2016, some of these amazing soloists will guide the Festival back to where it started – at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia, for a suitably festive finale with an exciting and wide-ranging programme of works for strings, guitar, piano and voice.
WHAT, WHEN & WHERE:
Thursday 19 May @ The Shoe Factory
A violin and piano recital with Emmanuel Tjeknavorian (violin) & Maximilian Kromer (piano)
Friday 27 May – Thursday 2 June @ Royal Manor House
Six chamber concerts in the Royal Manor House in Kouklia with 18 renowned soloists in a wide-ranging programme.
Saturday 4 June @ The Shoe Factory
Festival Finale with some of the Festival’s soloists
**Concerts start at 8.30
Click here to download the full programme
Piano: Yuja Wang, Yevgeny Sudbin, Katharina Treutler, Maximilian Kromer
Violin: Daishin Kashimoto, Henning Kraggerud, Boris Brovtsyn, Levon Chilingirian, Monika Urbonaite, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian
Viola: Shira Majoni, Diemut Poppen, David Abrahamyan
Cello: Alexander Chaushian, Tim Park
Double-Bass: Nabil Shehata
Clarinet: Alessandro Carbonare
Guitar: Fabio Zanon
Soprano: Ruzan Mantashyan
Baritone: Markos Kleovoulou
Pharos Arts Foundation
Box Office: Directly from the Foundation’s website www.pharosartsfoundation.org/Tickets_online.htm or Tel. 9666-9003 (Monday - Friday 10:00am-3:00pm)
Tickets also available from: Kyriakou Fullpage Bookshops: 30 Ellados Ave., 8020 Paphos, Tel:26822850
The Royal Manor House in Kouklia is one of the finest surviving monuments of Frankish architecture on the island and an unparalleled venue for intimate chamber music performances. The building also houses an archaeological museum, which records the rich history of human activity in the region from about 2800 BC to the present day. The Royal Manor House, which is part of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s “Aphrodite’s Cultural Route”, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Palaipaphos, or Old Paphos, was a city-kingdom of Cyprus and one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world. It was the site of a famous sanctuary of Aphrodite, the oldest remains of which date back to the 12th century BC. Join us in a leisurely exploration of the history and cultural heritage of the western region of Cyprus.
The Shoe Factory is situated in the old part of Nicosia, near the buffer zone. Through it, the Pharos Arts Foundation is helping to revitalize this beautiful and historic section of the capital city by attracting a wide and diversified younger audience. All concerts are characterized by a unique feeling of intimacy and music is performed in an exceptionally inspiring setting: a modern venue decorated with contemporary art by mainly local artists; a venue situated in the “run down” part of Nicosia that offers the audience the unique opportunity to sit within an amazing proximity to world famous artists and experience performances in a venue like no other.
How to get to Kouklia from Nicosia / Limassol:
On the motorway towards Paphos, take the exit ‘Kouklia-Archimandrita’ (this is the next exit after the exit of Aphrodite Hills). Turn left and drive straight for a few metres until there is a stop sign (facing the sea).
Turn right and follow the main road. Keep following the main road until you see a sign Kouklia and from there, turn right and go up the little hill. You are at Kouklia! If you get there a bit early you will get the chance to see the archaeological site in daylight, get your tickets and enjoy a glass of wine before the concert!