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Folk inspiring music

This Thursday and Friday pianist Stavroula Thoma will be giving two recitals under the name Folk-Inspired Piano Music.

By interpreting pieces from the folk-inspired solo piano repertoire, the pianist will aim to communicate the originality and idiomatic character of this unique fusion.

The folk idiom, which derives from and communicates directly with the people, will be combined with a more sophisticated kind of expression when it meets the classical musical form.

In Limassol on Thursday, and in Paphos on Friday, Thoma will perform Fantasia and Variations on ‘Au Clair de la Lune’ by Muzio Clementi, Polonaize, op.71, in D minor by Frederic Chopin, Sonatina by Mikis Theodorakis and Ruralia Hungarica by Erno Dohnanyi.

Thoma is a Cypriot pianist who has performed in the UK, Cyprus, Greece and Hungary. She was a scholar of Georgiou and Maria Tirimou’s foundation, and was awarded the Marzorie Hulzehurst Piano award.

She gave her concerto debut in May 2014 with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, as part of the CYSO ‘Young Soloists First Step’ series, and performed the Bach D minor Piano Concerto with conductor Roland Melia.

The pianist enjoys performing as a soloist, but is also passionate about chamber music. She has performed as part of chamber groups and attended coaching with renowned musicians, such as the Barbican Trio, cellist Christopher Richter, violinist Oliver Wille and pianist Daniel Tong.

She is currently studying for the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire and aims to produce her first recording album in 2016.

Folk-Inspired Piano Music
Piano recital by Stavroula Thoma. May 5. The Cyprus Museum, 42 Paphos Street, Erimi CY-4630, Limassol. 8pm. €10. Tel: 25-873809

May 6. Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, Paphos. 8pm. €10. Tel: 70-002420

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