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Chamber music to flirt with the ear

By Maria Gregoriou

This Saturday promises to be one concert lovers from Paphos and Nicosia can really sink their teeth into with pianos, violins, cellos and a whole orchestra.

Starting off in Paphos, the Technopolis 20 cultural centre will host a piano concert for four hands with Clio Papadia and Stefanie Sotiriou, who will perform pieces for piano duets.
The night will begin in Austria, with a performance of Mozart’s Piano Sonata for 4 hands in D major. Then Schubert will welcome us with his romantic Phantasie in F minor and Saint-Saens, there will then be a slight shift in atmosphere as the pianists will bring to our ears Schubert’s Dance Macabre, arrangement for piano four hands.

The audience will then move on to France with the eccentric and energetic La Belle Excentrique by Satie. And finally, we arrive in Argentina with one of Piazzola’s best known compositions, Adios Nonino, a work written as a requiem after his father’s death.

As a pianist, Papadia has performed in various concerts in Cyprus, Greece, London and Austria and as representative of Greece in the Closing Ceremony of the 29th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in Beijing. She has participated in courses and seminars on Piano Performance and Chamber Music and has made presentations on Piano Pedagogy and Music Education topics in conferences and seminars of the International and Greek Society for Music Education. She has been awarded a scholarship by the States Scholarship Foundation of Greece and the Leventis Foundation. She teaches piano in the public Music Schools of Cyprus.

Soteriou has performed with the Ionian University Orchestra as a soloist as well as with various ensembles of the University. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts in Cyprus and Greece. She has participated in seminars, music conferences and masterclasses of piano and chamber music.

Since June 2012, she has been the accompanist of the Athienou Music Club and since 2014 she has been a piano teacher at the Music School of Larnaca. In 2015 she founded her own music school called Diapason in Athienou.

The concert starts at 8pm but Technopolis 20 will be open half an hour before for pre-concert drinks.

For those not able to make the performance in Paphos on Saturday, the two pianists will also be at the Kanthos Art Centre in Nicosia next Thursday.

If you are in Nicosia on Saturday and you feel like some chamber music members of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Nicos Pittas on violin and Petros Gospodinov on cello, will present a programme with works by Bach, Ravel, Kodaly and Handel.

Two of JS Bach’s most popular two-part inventions open the programme. Ravel and Kodály works for violin and cello are among the best samples for this combination of instruments. Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello, dedicated to the memory of Debussy, features modal-sounding themes as well as Hungarian dance rhythms.

Kodály’s Duo is an emotionally charged work, injected with Hungarian folk-music rhapsodic gestures and rhythms. Halvorsen based his Passacaglia for violin and cello in G minor on the last movement of Handel’s keyboard suite no. seven, expanding it with an elaborate set of inventive new variations.

The chamber music concert will be repeated on Sunday in Limassol.

Piano in 4
Piano concert for four hands with Clio Papadia and Stefanie Sotiriou. February 20. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 8pm. €10/5. Tel: 70-002420
February 25. Kanthos Cultural Centre, Ayiou Nikolaou 49, Pallouritisa, Nicosia. Tel: 96-744854

Chamber Music Concerts
Concert performed by musicians of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. February 20. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. 5pm. €5/3. Tel: 22-463144
February 21. Papadakeion Municipal School of Music, Limassol

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