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A minute with Yiannis Hadjiloizou Conductor, composer, pianist


Where do you live and with whom?
I am based in Nicosia, living on my own

Best childhood memory?
I would like to say the moment of my birth, but really I can’t recall. There’s so many moments for which I feel grateful, such as watching old Greek cinema and drinking granita in the open air theatre at Agistri island with my parents and brother.

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to?
Mother Mary’s kitchen is a standalone, to my taste. All meals cooked with love to perfection. From Haute and Note by Note to Nouvelle and Vegan, Mediterranean to Japanese, Arab to South Indian, I maintain my curiosity for all the world’s cuisines and find it a direct way into the understanding of modern folk culture. Especially when accompanied by à la carte live music. Favourite meal: Fresh Fish. Dislikes: McRubbish.

What did you have for breakfast?
Bijou Fresh Berries.

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
I just am. Both Sun and Moon have inspired some of humanity’s greatest achievements. Debussy’s Claire de Lune, Richard Strauss’ Prelude from Also Sprach Zarathustra, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon are to name a few. The perfect outing always involves exploring, creating and sharing.

Best book ever read?
I write over read. Recently, though, I have been given a soon to be published draft of Leonida’s Hadjimitsis Breathe for review by the author himself, and was impressed by the finesse in his writing style and workmanship in keeping personal life experiences unbiased from the reader’s right to own interpretation. A worthy binding of science, belief, and example. Other favourites include Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince, Aristophanes’ Pluto, and John’s Apocalypse.

Favourite film of all time?
Toughie. Roberto Benigni’s La Vita e Bella struck me in it’s protection of a young boy’s innocence over war, the captivation of a Lady’s heart, and the melting of boundaries through gentlemanship. Tasso’s Bouzmetis Politiki Kouzina, and Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut are also on my top list.

Favourite holiday destination? What’s your dream trip?
Each trip to a new destination offers an opportunity for betterment of one’s human spirit. Travelling the world and exchanging musical experiences with artists of different backgrounds, meeting people of different cultures and habits, and tasting foods and wines of various localities enriches me in ways that no other form of education is able to.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Perhaps I could indeed be writing this interview and driving at the same time. But I am not.

What is always in your fridge?
Wine, San Pellegrino and Maltesers.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
I am fortunate to love the house in which I live. It has history, palm trees, and a piano. Dream house would be on the Moon, Sunny, Earth view.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Beethoven. We would not speak much.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Save it.

What is your greatest fear?
Not being able to offer to my parents what they have offered to me.

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