ON MONDAY the Pharos Arts Foundation will present a concert with international rising opera star Cypriot soprano Zoe Nicolaidou, clarinettist George Georgiou and pianist Annini Tsiouti at the Shoe Factory in Nicosia as part of its Cyprus Artists Series.
The three artists will come together to perform a diverse programme with chamber music, songs and Lieder by Schubert, Spohr, Villa-Lobos, Weiner, Lovreglio and the world premier of Guyot’s Liber baruch. Nicolaidou studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna – Magister Artium. She has performed under the guidance of such conductors as Philippe Jordan, with whom she performed Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Bernharndt Kontarsky on Fenelon’s Faust, and Dan Ettinger to bring to life Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
In 2011, she received the award for the most promising young singer of the season, Le Prix Lyrique du cercle Carpeaux. In 2012 and 2013 she was invited back to the Opéra Bastille, under the baton of Evelino Pido, to perform the role of Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and made her debut at the Rudolphinum in Prague in the world premiere of Kabat’s piece for string quartet and soprano Misterium Fidei.
The soprano won the Schlossoper Haldenstein International Singing Competition in 2007, and she was also a finalist of the Hilde Zadek Singing Competition during the dame year in Vienna. She has recently received the 2013 Kyrenia Opera Award.
Joining her will be clarinet player Georgiou who began clarinet lessons at the age of nine and continued to study the instrument at the City University in London and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, also in London.
As a soloist he has appeared with the Moscow Vistuosi, as well as performing in a number of recitals in Cyprus, UK, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Malta and USA. Georgiou has collaborated with several renowned musicians around the globe, including Vladimir Spivakov, Movses Pogossian, Rohan de Saram, the Chilingirian String Quartet and the Apple Hill String Quartet.
He has also collaborated with many young Cypriot composers in their new works, of which he has given the world premieres, and several works for clarinet and bass clarinet have been dedicated to him.
Completing the trio is piano player Tsiourti who started taking piano lessons at an early age at Ethnikon Odeion Kyprou. After obtaining her diploma she continued at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, where she studied piano and chamber music. She was awarded the Ville de Paris bursary for her studies at the Conservatoire Claude Debussy and she also studied Musicology at the Sorbonne University where she obtained her Masters degree specialising in the piano music of Nikos Skalkottas.
Triourti has appeared in many international festivals and has given concerts in Europe and the Middle East, as a soloist, accompanist or as part of chamber music groups. She has been living and working in Cyprus since 2008, where she is still actively involved in the contemporary music scene and has given first performances of many works by Cypriot composers.
The Pharos Arts Foundation presents soprano Zoe Nicolaidou along with clarinettist George Georgiou and pianist Annini Tsiouti. November 24. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15/10. Tel: 22-663871