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This Thursday a recital by the exceptional young Viennese violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian and young Viennese pianist Maximilian Karl Kromer will open the 16th International Pharos Chamber Music festival at 8.30pm.

The two will join forces to perform Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Fantasie in C major by Franz Shubert, Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major and Fritz Kreisler’s Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta.

Tjeknavorian, born in Vienna in 1995, played his first public concert at the age of seven. He has studied at the University for Music and Performing Art in Vienna under Gerhard Schulz, former member of the celebrated Alban Berg Quartet.

The violinist came to international attention when he won the Second Prize at the Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in 2015. He also received the Special Prize for the best interpretation of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto for his performance with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. In September 2014 he was the first Austrian in the history of the International Fritz Kreisler Competition to make it to the final round, where he won Third Prize. Two months later, the violinist was honoured at the Vienna Volkstheater with the Casinos Austria Rising Star Award to great acclaim.

He plays an Antonio Stradivari violin from 1698, Cremona, generously loaned to him by a patron of the Beare’s International Violin Society.

Kromer, born in Vienna in 1996, entered the Vienna Music School at the age of four. He studied with Susanna Spaemann, was accepted at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna as juniour student of Noel Flores, and later became a student of Martin Hughes.

As a soloist, he has been awarded numerous national and international prizes including the First Prize at the Prima la Musica Austria competition, the First Prize at the International Jeno Takacs Competition, the Second Prize at the International TV-Music Competition Nutcracker in Moscow and the Second Prize at A Step Towards Mastery competition in St Petersburg. Kromer has given numerous recitals throughout Austria and abroad. In 2010, he played in the opening ceremony of the Nutcracker competition, performing Chopin’s Grande Polonaise Brillante with the Tchaikovskij Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseev.

Tjeknavorian and Kromer first met in 2010. Immediately they found a musical and personal rapport, and they have performed as a duo in a number of concerts and competitions, winning the First Prize and the EMCY Prize at the Prima la Musica Austria in Salzburg 2011. The duo went on to perform throughout Austria, appearing in venues like Ehrbar-Hall Vienna. In 2015 they were invited to participate in the Academie de Musique Lausanne Violin-Piano Duo Masterclass by Pierre Amoyal and Anna Queffelec. There, they were awarded the Meilleur Duo Prize and their performance has been broadcast on Suisse-Espace 2. Future plans include concerts in London and an appearance at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin Festival Gstaad 2016 in Switzerland.

The recital, which is supported by the Embassy of Austria in Cyprus, will take place at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia at 8:30pm.

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian and Maximilian Kromer
Opening concert for the 16th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival. May 19. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 22-663871

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