Cyprus Mail

A trio of real class

By Maria Gregoriou

If you are in Paphos on Friday, or if you love classical music and don’t yet have plans, may we suggest you visit Technopolis 20 cultural centre for a music recital for the clarinet, cello and piano.

The three instruments will be played by George Georgiou on the clarinet, Doros Zesimos on the cello and Corina Vassiliou on the piano.

Georgiou, from Nicosia, started his musical training on the violin at the age of seven and went on to learn the clarinet at nine. It was clear that he had a bright future in music as his talent shone through during his performances as part of orchestras and ensembles, some of which are the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, Themis Christodoulou String Orchestra and the Cyprus Clarinet Band. During this time he also performed in concerts in Cyprus, Greece and Israel.

By the age of 15 he had passed the Advanced Certificate of the Royal Schools of Music in Clarinet and his Grade eight in Violin with distinction. He was also a runner-up in the Eurovision competition for young musicians in Cyprus, in 2002.

He is a graduate of City University, London, where he studied the clarinet. During his studies he created and directed the City University Chamber Players in which he performed concerts in London. He also co-founded the City University Music Festival, and became a founding member of the City University Music Society.

Since 2004 he has been a member of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. He has played with a number of ensembles, such as the Skolia Ensemble and the City Lights Ensemble, and he was also a guest player with the GSMD wind band in a concert dedicated to Sofia Guabatuilina and broadcast live by BBC radio 3.

As a soloist, he has performed with the ensemble Moscow Virtuosi and has performed a number of recitals in the UK, USA, Cyprus and Ireland.
Zesimos started cello lessons with Aude-Marie Auphan, principal cellist of the Cyprus State Orchestra. In 2002 he continued his studies at the National State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria.

From 1999-2001 he was the principal cellist of the Cyprus Youth State Orchestra. In 2001, when he was a member of the Cyprus Fulbright Ensemble, he participated in concerts in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, USA and Cyprus.

He has performed in music festivals in USA, Bulgaria, France and Cyprus and has had cello master classes with Yoncho Bayrov, Emilia

Baranowska, Thomas Carroll, Maria Kliegel, Franz Bartolomey, Stephan Popov and Bridget MacRae. The cellist has appeared as a soloist and a chamber music player in various concerts in Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, UK, France and USA.

Another highlight of his career is his concert appearance with soprano Maria Papaioannou and Maestro Marco Balderi. He has also collaborated with choreographer Machi Demetriadou-Lindahl on the dance play Distant Land, and with Eleana Alexandrou on the dance performance Moving solo.

Zesimos is currently teaching at the Music Workshop of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, at Limassol, Larnaka and Paphos’ Governmental Music Schools and is collaborating with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.

Vassiliou started playing piano and cello at the Municipal School of Music from a young age. She holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of St. Louis. Her Doctorate research was sponsored from the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus and Limassol Municipality.

She currently works at the Municipal Museum-Archive Solon Michaelidis and Limassol’s Municipal School of Music as a piano teacher.

Music for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Classical concert by George Georgiou, Doros Zesimos and Corina Vassiliou. March 20. Technopolis 20, 18 Nikolaou Nikolaidi Avenue, Paphos. 8pm. €12/5. Tel: 70-002420

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