Cyprus Mail

Let the strings be strummmed on

By Maria Gregoriou

If the sound of violins, cellos, harps or any other string instrument gives you that feeling – as only music can – of the whole world making complete sense, then get ready for everything to come into perspective on Sunday at the Technopolis Cultural Centre in Paphos with a performance by the Amiche String Quartet.

The Amiche String Quartet, Ayse Karaoglan and Anna Wrobel on the violin, Ewa Bartmann on the viola, and Miranda Papaneokleous on the cello, will be joined by Katerina Kitsou from Greece on the harp, to perform works by Louis Spohr, Claude Debussy and Arnold Bax.

The members of the Amiche String Quartet come from different cultural, religious and political backgrounds. Their close friendship has grown from a common love for the instruments they play and the common language of music. As a group the members came together for the first time to perform at the Pancyprian Festival of Modern Composers several years ago.

All four musicians are versatile and can perform an array of musical compositions. For years they have been actively participating in the Cypriot music scene, taking part in nearly all major music events, either giving solo concerts or performing in chamber ensembles. They are also members of the Cyprus Symphonic Orchestra.

As a group, they have successfully performed all over Cyprus and have also appeared abroad. The ladies are known for performing modern music but their repertoire also takes the audience back in time to the romantic and classic periods.

The name of the group comes from the Italian word meaning friends and who better to do your favourite thing with than friends?

Kitsou, from Thessaloniki, began her musical studies at the age of eight. She studied the harp and violin at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki.

She then went on to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Köln in Germany. She also studied chamber music at the Conservatory of Rotterdam, Holland.

During her career Kitsou has been awarded in the National Competition H.O.N for Violin in Athens Greece, and has received a number of prizes both there and abroad.

In 1997 she began playing the harp with the Youth Orchestra of the European Union and the Youth Mediterranean Orchestra in Marseilles.

She has participated in many concerts with the State Symphony Orchestra of Thessaloniki, in Goethe Institute, with the Chamber Opera of Thessaloniki, and the Symphony Orchestra of Volos performing at the Megaron-Athens City Hall.

So, as you can see, Sunday will bring together five very talented musicians whose collective musical experiences will put on quite a show.

Classical Music Concert for Strings and Harp
Live performance by the Amiche String Quartet and Katerina Kitsou. January 17. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 5pm. €10. Tel: 70-002420

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