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Music from Paphos

By Maria Gregoriou

Next week the Technopolis 20 cultural centre in Paphos is set to host enough events to satisfy any music lover.

The week, when it comes to music, starts on Wednesday with a performance by two young singers and guitarists who seem to be making a career on YouTube, Polys Ioannides and Savvas Chrysostomou. The pair will play live in the centre’s garden to welcome the summer season under the starry sky and amongst the smell of jasmine.

Now that summer has officially come on the scene, Thursday will bring along a new show entitled My Bygone Eras by the band Epea Pteroenta. The five-member group will perform as a tribute to the legendary Greek composer Apostolos Kaldaras.

Get ready to remember the days of old as a folk guitar, a three-string bouzouki, a violin, a baglama and a double bass will bring together some vintage nostalgic sounds. You will be transported to the 50s, 60s and 70s by the music, singing and dancing, the three elements that always seem to equal a good old fashioned time.

Friday finishes off the pick of the week when the centre will feature a classical music concert by soprano Tina Chester, Doros Zesimos on the cello, and Natalia Lezedova on the piano.

The three musicians will perform, among others, Schubert, Mozart and Elgar.

Chester has been making a few appearnces lately around the island. She is from north-west England, where she studied classical and performance techniques with various teachers.

The singer worked with children and adults in theatre schools and her own studio in the UK for many years. Her musical taste has developed into an eclectic mix of music from the different genres including what is termed Classical Cross-Over.

Zesimos started cello lessons with Evgenia Karapataki in 1993 and cello lessons with principal cellist of the Cyprus State Orchestra Aude-Marie Auphan in 1999.

In 2002 he continued his studies at the National State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, from which he graduated with a Master of violoncello.

Since then Zesimos has played for orchestras in Bulgaria, participated in concerts in the UK, Northern Ireland, the USA and Cyprus. He has also attended music festivals in USA, Bulgaria, France and Cyprus.

The celloist has appeared as a soloist and a chamber music player in various concerts in Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, UK, France and USA. Furthermore he appeared in concerts with soprano Maria Papaioannou and Maestro Marco Balderi as well as with the Cyprus Opera Organisation.

He is currently teaching at the Music Workshop of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, in Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos’s Governmental Music Schools and collaborates with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.

Lezedova, from Tajikistan, where she started her musical education and from 1992 continued her studies in Saint-Petersburg, is the winner of the Grand-Prix musical festival competition Severnaya Venetsia in 2012.

Since her musical career took off the pianist has performed in Russia, Ukraine and Cyprus. From 1999 until 2013 Natalia worked at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia on the Musical Faculty in Saint Petersburg as a Concertmaster.

Polys Ioannides and Savvas Chrysostomou
Live performance by the pair. June 17. Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, Paphos. 9pm. Free. Tel: 70-002420

My Bygone Eras
A performance by the Epea Pteroenta group as a tribute to Greek composer Apostolos Kaldaras. June 18. Technopolis Cultural Centre 20. 8.30pm. €10

Classical Music Concert
Classical concert with Tina Chester, Doros Zesimos, and Natalia Lezedova. June 19. Technopolis Cultural Centre 20. 8.30pm. €10

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