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An exclusive night with Brahms

On Monday, Apollon International Connections will present a chamber music concert entitled Brahms: From Cyprus to Berlin with violinist Wolfgang Schroder, pianist Maria Yavroumi and horn player Darius Mikulski at the Pallas Theatre in Nicosia at 8pm.

The all-Brahms programme will begin with the Klavierstucke Op 118, which are six individual movements composed and premiered separately but, for the sake of convenience, published together in 1893 under a single opus number.

This will be followed by the FAE Sonata which was the result of Schumann’s idea of writing a collaborative composition with Dietrich and Brahms to celebrate the return of violinist Joseph Joachim to Dusseldorf in 1853. It was so named to reflect Joachim’s personal motto ‘Frei Aber Einsam’ – Free but Lonely.

Dietrich wrote the first movement, Schumann the second and fourth movements and Brahms the third. The concert will conclude with the Horn Trio in E flat Major, Op. 40.

Schroder, well known to the Cyprus public as soloist and concert master of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, has performed with a number of orchestras including the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic and Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also worked with internationally renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrey Boreyko and Daniel Raiskin.

Schroder founded the Belcanto String Trio in 1992 and regularly performed as the violinist with the Trio Parnassus. The Trio Parnassus received the prestigious Echo Classic Award for their complete recordings of the Schumann Piano Trios.

The violinist’s discography is extensive and includes the Complete Sonatas for Violin by Eugene Ysaye for Hook Records, which was released in late 2015.

Talking about the concert, Schroder said “we are really looking forward to this concert – the music of Brahms is very close to our hearts and we hope that the Cyprus as well as German public will enjoy the programme.”

The concert will be repeated in Berlin on Friday.

Pianist Yavroumi has performed as a soloist and chamber music musician in Greece, England, Portugal, Poland and Germany. Her interpretations of piano concertos by Mozart and Chopin established her presence in the musical world, but she has also devoted herself to the 20th- and 21st-century repertoire, specialising in the works of Greek composers such as Yannis Constantinidis, Manos Hatzidakis and Constantinos Kydoniatis.
Conductor, horn soloist and producer Mikulski is one of the most important and talented Polish musicians, with appearances all over the world.

He is the winner of numerous competitions and, as an orchestral musician, has worked with many top orchestras such as the Baltic Philharmonic, Norddeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonie and the Wroclaw Philharmonic. He regularly participates in festivals around the world including the Salzburger Festspiele, Berliner Festwochen and Rheingau Musikfestival.

Mikulski is regularly invited to international music workshops and masterclasses and is the founder of the Great Philharmonic of Poland Symphony Orchestra. He has been honoured by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage with the Gloria Artis medal, and was also awarded the Silver Medal of the City of Berlin in 2011 for his cultural contribution.

Brahms from Cyprus to Berlin
The Apollo International Connections present a chamber music concert with violinist Wolfgang Schröder, pianist Maria Yavroumi and horn player Darius Mikulski. March 7. Pallas theatre, Nicosia. 8pm. €10/7. Tel: 96-301300

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