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A music festival comes to an end with the piano

Dedicated to promoting the links between old and new music so that the listener can become familiar with the historical cohesion of music evolution, the eighth International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival will conclude on Sunday at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia with a recital by pianist Joseph Houston.

The pianist, who is one of the most sought-after rising stars on the international contemporary music scene, will present an all embracing programme, ranging from Scarlatti and Liszt, all the way through to Messiaen, Ives and Xenakis, and the Cyprus premieres of works by Thomas Simaku and Christian Mason.

Joseph Houston is a pianist based in London and Berlin. His wide-ranging curiosity has led to activity in a variety of fields, particularly in Contemporary and Experimental Music. He has performed throughout Europe and in China, and his playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, as well as on Albanian national television. After studies at the University of York and the Royal College of Music he won the second prize in the British Contemporary Piano Competition and was selected as a PLG young artist through which he gave solo recitals at the Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall. Other awards include a Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, an Emerging Excellence award from Help Musicians UK, and selection to be part of the City Music Foundation young artists scheme. Joseph has given the first performance of numerous new works by, among others, Christian Wolff, Thomas Simaku, Colin Matthews, Christian Mason, Charlotte Bray, Martin Suckling, and Simon Holt. Future projects include a solo recital for Unerhorte Musik (Berlin), a recording of solo piano music by Thomas Simaku for Naxos, and a USA tour with violinist Aisha Orazbayeva in 2017.

Piano Recital by Joseph Houston
The Pharos Arts Foundation presents a performance by Joseph Houston. October 16. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 22-663871

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