Over the last two years that the cultural centre Technopolis 20 in Paphos has been running, audiences have been invited to listen to music inside the premises and outside in the garden, to watch film screenings under the stars, view exhibitions and watch theatrical plays. So just when we thought the team behind promoting classical and contemporary art in Cyprus couldn’t be innovative with what they put on, they offer us a live performance by Cypriot concert guitarist Dimitris Regginos in the centre’s studio.
The guitar recital, taking place on Friday, is the first event to be held in a former TV studio, bringing the old feel of entertaining even closer to the current artists creating on the island and the audiences who seek more and more cultural experiences.
Regginos will perform works by Cypriot composers, including Cyprus Rhapsody composed by the guitarist, Studies 9 and 10 by Kemal Belevi, Etudes on Aphrodite by Evagoras Karageorgis, Asherombasmen, Ta Mmathkia ta Yiallouritka and Aspron Trantafyllon by Faidros Kavallaris, Sketches for Guitar by Giorgos Karvellos and Curiosity, Reverie, and Greek Dance by Nicolas Economou.
The performer has had an active international career since 1996 having performed in Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, France and Japan. He is the first prize winner of the International Guitar Competitions of Volos, Greece, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic and Tokyo.
Regginos is frequently invited to perform and give masterclasses in International Guitar Festivals. He has premiered works by composers, such as, Gregory Nemirovsky, Faidros Kavallaris, Nicos Troullos, Constantin Papageorgio, Marios-Elia Ioannou and Kemal Belevi on numerous occasions.
As well as being a guitar pedagogue and a soloist, Regginos has also released four CD recordings. These are Chamber music with guitar – works by Cypriot composer Kemal Belevi – Recital – works for solo guitar – Kypriaka Erotika – works for solo guitar by Cypriot composer Faidros Kavallaris – and Tradition and Music, with violinist Menelaos Menelaou.
The guitarist began guitar studies at the age of 14. He studied at the Gnessin’s Russian Academy of Music, Moscow under Alexander Frauchi, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts.
Today he is committed to developing the popularity of the classical guitar in Cyprus. In order to reach this goal, he became president of the European Guitar Teachers’ Association and has established the annual EGTA-Cyprus International Guitar Festival and Competition for Young Guitarists.
Recital with Dimitris Regginos. July 8. Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre, Paphos. 8pm. €10/6. Tel: 70-002420