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A lifetime devoted to the violin

The Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform with renowned violinist Salvatore Accardo at a concert in Nicosia next week.

A spokesperson for the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra (CyYSO) said that the concert at Strovolos Municipal Theatre on Monday, will take place under the auspices of his Excellency, the Ambassador of Italy in Cyprus, Guido Carbon.

“The orchestra, under the Artistic Direction of Yiorgos Kountouris, is honoured to collaborate with Salvatore Accardo, one of the greatest violinists of all times. Salvatore Accardo will interpret Tchaikovsky’s Violin concerto in D major, op. 35, which combines utmost lyricism with extreme virtuosity,” she announced.

The CyYSO will open the programme with Verdi’s tempestuous overture from his opera La forza del destino, and in the second part, it will present Shostakovich’s 9th Symphony in E flat major, op. 90.

“This is an exciting programme, with the familiar dynamism of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its conductor, coupled with the unique interpretative art of Salvatore Accardo, promising an unforgettable musical experience,” she said.

In addition, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the CyYSO is organising masterclasses with Accardo, which are open to the public. These will be held on Tuesday 29 March from 3pm until 9pm at Pallas Theatre, Paphos Gate.

“Six talented advanced young violinists up to the age of 19 are given this precious opportunity. The violinists were selected after a competition open to candidates from any public or private music education programme or institution,” she said.

The aim of these masterclasses is to promote the musical development and creativity of young musicians.

Salvatore Accardo is world renowned, and regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time.

He performed Paganini’s 24 Capricci at his first professional recital in 1954, aged 13, and at 15 he won the Geneva Competition.

He regularly performs with the world’s leading orchestras and directors, and also takes on the role of conductor. He has recorded the Paganini Capricci three times, and was the first violinist to record all Paganini’s Concertos for violin.

His numerous recordings include Bach’s Sonatas and Partite, the Tchaikovsky, Dvorák and Sibelius Concertos with Colin Davis, the Mendelssohn Concerto with Charles Dutoit, the Brahms and Beethoven Concertos and Max Bruch’s works for violin and orchestra with Kurt Masur.

From 2011 to 2014 Deutsche Grammophon released three box sets entitled ‘L’Arte di Salvatore Accardo: una vita per il violin’ (Salvatore Accardo’s art: a lifetime devoted to the violin).

He was awarded the ‘Premio Abbiati’ by the Italian critics in recognition of the exceptional standard of his playing and interpretation.

In 1982 he was granted Italy’s highest honour, the ‘Cavaliere di Gran Croce’, by the Italian Republic President of Italy. In 1999 he was granted the order of ‘Commandeur dans l’ordre du mérit culturel’, the highest honour of the principality of Monaco.

The one performance evening concert will be given on Monday, at Strovolos Municipal Theatre at 8.30pm.

Tickets cost €20, €10 (under 18, student-card holders and pensioners) and can be bought before the concert online at, or at Pallas Theatre box office (Tel. 22-410181) every Wednesday, 16:00-19:00 and on the concert day at Strovolos Municipal Theatre box office, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

Performance by violinist Salvatore Accardo and the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra. March 28. Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 8pm. €20/10. Tel: 22-463144

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