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The museum will give us melody

The Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum not only presents us with an array of art and gives us the chance to take part in workshops, but it also puts on musical events in a stunning setting.

Its next ‘Music at the Museum’ event will see the world-famous Prazak Quartet (from Czech Republic), along with the Cypriot clarinettist and artistic director of the Music at the Museum series George Georgiou, in a concert featuring works by Leos Janacek and Carl Maria von Weber.

The Prazak Quartet is considered to be one of the world’s leading international chamber music ensembles. The quartet was established in 1972 while its members were students at the Prague Conservatory. Since then, the quartet has gained attention for its place in the unique Czech quartet tradition, and for its musical virtuosity.

For more than 30 years, the Prazak Quartet has been at home on music stages worldwide. They are regular guests in the major European musical capitals — Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Madrid, London, Berlin, Munich, etc — and have been invited to participate at numerous international festivals.

George 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 with various orchestras and ensembles including 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, with whom he performed various concerts in London. He also co-founded the City University Music Festival and became a founding member of the City University Music Society.

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Performance by the Prazak Quartet and clarinettist George Georgiou. May 19. Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum, Nicosia. 8pm. €7/10. Tel: 22-456093

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