The Pallas theatre in Nicosia is getting ready to present the world premiere of Artemis Aifiotiti’s Concertino for Clarinet and String Orchestra with soloist George Georgiou and the Commandaria Orchestra.
The concert will also include Ravel’s Pavane Pour Infant Defunte, Respighi’s much loved Ancient Airs and Dances and Grieg’s Holberg Suite.
Commenting on the event, composer Aifotiti said “It is very exciting for me to have another world premiere and especially for it to be in my home country. Having one’s works performed is not always an easy process so, for it to be programmed into a concert is thrilling.
“I particularly enjoy writing for wind instruments, and enjoy exploring the opportunity of different timbres and techniques and how it sounds in different registers and how different conventional or extended techniques can be used in a piece. What I don’t like, is to change the instrument’s identity.”
Georgiou, from Nicosia, started his musical training on the violin at the age of seven and went on to learn the clarinet at nine. It was clear that he had a bright future in music as his talent shone through during his performances as part of orchestras and ensembles, some of which are the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, Themis Christodoulou String Orchestra and the Cyprus Clarinet Band. During this time, he also performed in concerts in Cyprus, Greece and Israel.
He is a graduate of City University, London, where he studied the clarinet. During his studies he created and directed the City University Chamber Players in which he performed concerts in London. He also co-founded the City University Music Festival, and became a founding member of the City University Music Society.
As a soloist, he has performed with the ensemble Moscow Virtuosi and has performed a number of recitals in the UK, USA, Cyprus and Ireland.
Speaking about the upcoming concert he said “I believe that contemporary music opens new horizons and it always evolves, and follows the latest trends and technologies. There is wonderful music out there, but most importantly, it is a process which continues each day. I’m thrilled to be giving this world premiere, and that we have the support of so many.”
Joining Georgiou on stage will be the Commandaria Orchestra, which was established in 2009 by the Cyprus Wine Museum. The orchestra’s appellation refers directly to the origin and region of the sweet wine of Cyprus. The primary aim is to disseminate both European and Cypriot musical culture directly connected to Greek history and mythology.
The organisers of the concert, CultureTones, Apollon International Connections and Commandaria Orchestra, will donate a part of the proceeds from the performance to the Congenital Heart Defects Association.
Commenting on the charitable nature of the performance and the performance itself, CEO of Apollon International Connections Saskia Constantinou said “I believe that Albert Schweitzer had the right pearls of wisdom – the purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. We’d like to invite everyone to join us for a marvelous evening of music which will be followed by a cocktail reception.”
Air and Graces
Performance by clarinetist George Georgiou. May 26. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. 8pm. €10/7. Tel: 99-831163