By Maria Gregoriou
Cypriot pianist Martino Tirimo will give a performance on Friday at the Presidential Palace to raise funds for the Rotary Club of Nicosia-Aspelia’s scholarship fund.
Tirimo, who is thought to be our finest international musician and whose playing is often compared to that of Schnabel, Arrau and Rubinstein, will perform a selection of much-loved classical songs. The night’s programme includes hand-picked pieces by Chopin and Tchaikovsky, namely Polonaise in C sharp minor Op.26 no.1 and the Nutcracker Suite.
The pianist, who was born in Larnaca into a musical family, started piano and violin lessons with his father, a distinguished conductor and violinist. He gave his first concert at the age of six, performed Hayden’s Concerto D at eight-years-old, and at the age of 12 conducted seven complete performances of Verdi’s La Traviata. At the age of 13 his family moved to London and he continued his education at Bedales School.
At 16 he won the Liszt Scholarship to the Royal Academy and went on to graduate with the highest honours and in 1971 and 1972 he won International Piano Competitions in Munich and Geneva, which launched his international career.
He later worked closely with Gordon Green, whom he regarded as his greatest mentor. He has appeared with many of the world’s orchestras, including the major British orchestras and those in Berlin, Cleveland, Dresden, Leipzig, Prague and Vienna.
With the Dresden Philharmonic he directed several cycles of Beethoven’s five piano concertos from the keyboard in various concert halls in Germany and the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Tirimo also performs as part of the Rosamunde Trio, which also includes Daniel Veis on cello and Ben Sayevich on violin.
The trio’s name is derived from Tirimo’s love for Cyprus and a piece of work by the German-Austrian composer Franz Schubert named Rosamunde Furstin von Zypern, or Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus, which was inspired by a romantic play written by the German authoress Hemina von Chezy.
Tirimo has been performing with Veis and Sayevich since 2002, and during their 13 years of co-operation they perform music with imaginative and exciting performances.
This concert, which prides itself on being suitable for all, hopes to help more students be able to receive a tertiary education. To date about 120 students have received such assistance from the fund. Fundraisers, such as this concert, are the fund’s main source of income.
The concert is held under the auspices of first lady Andri Anastassiades.
Live performance by the pianist for charity. October 16. Presidential Palace, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €20. Tel: 99-487603