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2017 Pharos Review

The PHAROS ARTS FOUNDATION is a non-profit cultural and educational organisation dedicated to the promotion of a wide range of activities in the fields of the humanities and the arts. Using Cyprus – uniquely positioned on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa and a member of the European Union situated on its south-eastern boundary – as its main venue, the Foundation draws on the island’s unique heritage and location, offering a vehicle for increased interaction and intercultural dialogue between Europe, and the rest of the world. The Foundation presents cultural and educational programmes that are characterised by a strong commitment to artistic excellence and the creative process. The Foundation has established an international reputation for its Concert and Recital Series that takes places throughout the year by a great number of renowned soloists, chamber music ensembles and chamber orchestras. The Cyprus Artists Series, which is presented concurrently with the Concert and Recital Series, is dedicated to the promotion and support of leading musicians of Cypriot ancestry, as well as musicians residing and pursuing a career in Cyprus. The Jazz Series is committed to bringing the highest quality jazz music to Cyprus audiences. Since 2001, the Foundation has been organizing the International Chamber Music Festival, which has established itself as the most important annual music event in Cyprus, and has gained an international reputation for its quality concerts and magnificent settings. In 2009, the Pharos Arts Foundation introduced the International Contemporary Music Festival, the mission of which is to propagate the music of 20th and 21st centuries and to present contemporary works and newly-commissioned compositions. The Festival has so far presented over 50 world premieres by a number of exceptional gifted contemporary composers from all over the world and a great number of Cyprus premieres. The Foundation’s Education Programme presents workshops, master-classes, lectures and educational concerts for the benefit of students and private schools from different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, promoting music as a non-verbal expression vehicle which transcends the boundaries of language. Over 70.000 students from all over Cyprus have benefited from the Programme in the last years. The Visual Arts Programme features contemporary art exhibitions by distinguished international artists working in all ranges of media; the Pharos Centre of Contemporary Art hosts major contemporary art exhibitions, acting as a space where artists can create and present their work. Exhibition catalogues on the hosted artists, as well as other monographs and books on contemporary art and photography are published by Pharos Publishers. Throughout the year, the Foundation presents a Screening Series of an eclectic range of films, documentaries, rare sound and vision footage, as well as historical performances that showcase the various ways of art expression and history. The Lecture Series serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas by influential thinkers on issues of global importance. Through the Foundation’s Residency Programme, artists, writers, musicians, scholars and composers are invited to visit Cyprus and create new work. The Pharos Arts Foundation is directly dependent on sponsorship and other contributions for the continued development and enrichment of its activities.

Cover image: Yvonne Georgiadou, “Cipactli-II”, acrylic on canvas, 2017

A venue in the heart of the city

The Shoe Factory 304 Ermou St., Nicosia


by the President of The Pharos Arts Foundation

I am very pleased that 2017 has been another successful and creative year for the Foundation. In 2017, the Pharos Arts Foundation has presented over 30 concerts with outstanding musicians and artists from all over the world, reinforcing its reputation as a centre for creativity and artistic excellence. The Music Education Programme, which accompanies almost all the events organised by Pharos, continues to be a vital part of what we do and who we are. Over the past decade we have offered educational concerts, master-classes and workshops for over 75.000 students. In addition to hosting students at the Shoe Factory we are live streaming these educational events to dozens of schools all over Cyprus. We believe that providing such opportunities for young students to interact with artists and musicians enhances their own creativity and curiosity and contributes to fostering a better, more culturally developed society. We are proud of what we have achieved so far and look forward to expanding our educational initiatives. Pharos aspires to be a beacon of light in our society and it is among the most active Foundations in Cyprus. Amid all the seemingly impenetrable darkness that permeates our world, light gives us the opportunity to consider how it is one of the most important transformative energies in our lives. It is during these difficult times that we need the inspiration and light that only the arts provide. The highest expressions of the human spirit in all cultures, nations and religions have come through the arts. They unite us and reveal the mystery and magic of what it means to be a human being. We cannot imagine a future that transcends narrow definitions of identity, ethnicity and space without an enriching cultural dimension to our lives. It is our imagination and thoughts that shape our reality. When we focus on the creative spirit in us, and on our inner light, which so often emerges through the power of music, I believe we shall find a place of beauty, harmony and harmlessness. We will continue to do everything in our power to enrich people’s lives through the arts and to cultivate creativity and understanding in our society. I would like to thank everyone who contributes to the success of Pharos. These include the extraordinary musicians who we consider a part of our family, the Artistic Director of the Foundation Yvonne Georgiadou, the Pharos team, our volunteers, our loyal and appreciative audience, as well as the diplomatic and cultural missions that support us. Our sponsors play the most vital role in enabling our work to materialise. Their support is deeply appreciated. All of us play an important role in keeping the flame of Pharos alight and all of us together should recognise that what we do is crucial for the well-being of our island and our society. Garo Keheyan Founder & President Pharos Arts Foundation

25 – 29 January 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review Following the great success of its first edition in 2016, enLIVE opened the Pharos Arts Foundation’s 2017 season with a new fascinating series of ciné-concerts. The first project of its kind to be inaugurated in Cyprus, enLIVE gave audiences the opportunity to enjoy some of the most emblematic films of the silent era, set to original music by contemporary composers and performed live in the intimate surroundings of The Shoe Factory. In addition, it presented short films by contemporary filmmakers set to the music of classical composers and included a number of educational activities for students. The first day of enLIVE2 featured Curt and Robert Siodmak’s People on Sunday – a brilliant hybrid of documentary and fictional storytelling and one of the earliest experiments in neo-realist filmmaking that would become a mainstream hit and influence generations of film artists around the world. The film is most notable today for the behind-the-camera contributions of several young German filmmakers who would later win great fame after expatriating to the US following the rise of the Third Reich. The original music for People on Sunday was composed by Minas I. Alexiadis, who performed it live on the piano and synthesizers. The second day featured Dziga Vertov’s Man with A Movie Camera, considered to be perhaps the most dazzling and sophisticated work not only of the Soviet, but of world silent cinema. Through a revolutionary montage of constructivist and modern architecture and within a Marxist ideology, Vertov created a futuristic city that would serve as a form of commentary on the existing Soviet ideals. The film has been declared by the British Film Institute as “the Best Documentary of all time” and it stands as a unique example of experimental cinema in Russia in the late 1920s, as well as a panorama of and a manifesto on the nature of the socialist society of the country. The original music for Man with a Movie Camera was composed by the Artistic Director of enLive, Alexandros Mouzas, and it was performed live by Kostas Tzekos (clarinet), Kostas Panagiotidis (violin), Alexandros Botinis (cello), Christos Sakellaridis (piano). enLIve 2 was concluded with a screening of “It” – a silent romantic comedy film by Clarence G. Badger that turned actress Clara Bow into a major star and led people to label her the “It girl”. The film was considered lost for many years but after a nitrate-copy was found in the 1960s, the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress selected it for preservation as a “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant film”. The original music for “It”, for jazz ensemble, was composed by Panagiotis Theodosiou and it was performed live by Alexandros Makris (piano), Efstathios Kiossoglou (clarinet), Yiorgos Arnis (double-bass), Vasileios Panagiotopoulos (drums). The first two days of enLive 2 were prefaced by new short films created by Nicoleta Avgousti and, a team of young filmmakers from the International Motion Festival under the direction of Demetra Englezou – corresponding to art-songs by Richard Strauss and P.I. Tchaikovsky and performed live by Markos Kleovoulou (baritone) and Kyriakos Kyriakou (piano). The final day of enLive caught the audience by surprise as it was prefaced by Charlie Chaplin’s hilarious The Lion’s Cage, which, as part of Pharos’ Music Education Programme, was set to music by a team of students from the Paphos Music Lyceum under the direction of their professor, Constantinos Papadopoulos.

8 February 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review As a guitarist, Arne Jansen has never thought in genre categories. Melodic compositions, transparent arrangements and a warm guitar sound have always been his trademark. His programmes encompass many “songs without words” and some of them, quickly and without any detours, make their way into our consciousness where they seem to have always felt at home. The artist, winner of the ECHO Jazz in 2014, is very selective as with regards to the means he uses to develop intense atmospheres and stronger statements. The Arne Jansen Trio (comprising also bass-player Robert Lucaciu and drummer Eric Schaefer) are renowned for preserving the song form, avoiding exaggerated abstraction and finding depth in ambiguous, associative understatements. As a result, they remain accessible without becoming frivolous. For their first appearance in Cyprus, the Trio beguiled the audience with their exceptional aesthetic and approach in a sold-out concert, organised in collaboration with the Goethe Institut Zypern.

CLARINET & PIANO RECITAL 15 February 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review The Pharos Arts Foundation presented a memorable recital with the legendary Wenzel Fuchs – Principal Clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1993, who joined forces with the eminent German pianist Elisaveta Blumina. In front of an appreciative audience, the two artists delivered a superb performance of an exciting programme comprising the poetic miniatures from Schumann’s Phantasiestücke, Op.73; Brahms’ Sonata for clarinet and piano No.1 in F minor, Op.120 – a work that signified the composer’s longstanding collaboration with the virtuoso Richard Mühlfield and the creation of some of the richest 19th century repertoire for clarinet; Debussy’s dreamlike Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano, and Poulenc’s deeply touching Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in B-flat major – a memoriam piece, which was tragically written a few months before the composer’s sudden death.

23 February 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review Formed in 2012 by the young Turkish-Cypriot violinist Nihat Agdac and pianist Emil Duncumb, after performing in the master-classes of artists such as Maxim Vengerov and Thomas Brandis, the Duo Attitude has already appeared in a number of important venues all over Europe and it is quickly establishing itself as a dynamic and talented violin-piano duo. For their recital at The Shoe Factory, the Duo performed Schubert’s Sonatine No.2 in A minor – a piece demonstrating the 19-year-old composer’s combination of utterly apt lyricism with harmonic skill; Franck’s famed Sonata in A Major, which was composed as a wedding gift for the composer’s friend and Belgian compatriot, Eugene Ysaÿe; Brahms’ highly expressive Sonata No.2 in A major and Szymanowski’s imaginative Mythes, Op.30.

10 March 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia



Pharos Review The Ioannou / Vafeas Jazz Quartet was created in 2016 after many years of collaboration and friendship between saxophonist Charis Ioannou and drummer Ioannis Vafeas. Both artists perform regularly in festivals and concert halls in their homeland Cyprus as well as the rest of Europe, and they have frequently collaborated in recordings and theatre productions. They are both graduates of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, holding a Master’s Degree in Jazz Music, and they are professors in the Department of Music at the University of Nicosia. Pharos presented this highly talented Quartet (comprising also of double-bass player Greg Makamian and pianist Dimitris Miaris) in a new project entitled Bridge of Locks – a unique journey into jazz with the sounds of award-winning saxophonist and composer Chris Byars. The concert was a preview of the Quartet’s CD, Bridge of Locks, which was released later in the year.

24 March 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review Mark Viner is recognised as one of the most exciting British concert pianists of his generation and he is becoming increasingly well-known for his bold championing of unfamiliar pianistic terrain. He was the winner of the Alkan-Zimmerman International Piano Competition in 2012, and he has since appeared in concerts and recitals all over the world. For his recital at The Shoe Factory, which was organised in collaboration with the Keyboard Charitable Trust in London, this wonderful young pianist performed a refreshingly resourceful programme of Liszt’s Réminiscences of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Bellini’s Norma as well as selection of works by the lesser-known but equally important contemporaries of Liszt, Charles-Valentin Alkan and Sigismond Thalberg.

CELLO & PIANO RECITAL 5 April 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review In view of their first recording together of the complete Beethoven cello and piano music, which was released later in the year, the Pharos Arts Foundation presented the talented Christian Elliott – cellist of the Zehetmair Quartet and Principal Cellist of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and pianist Robin Green – described by Gramophone as an “intelligent and sensitive musician with a genuine flair for imaginative programming”. For their recital at The Shoe Factory, the duo performed a programme comprising two of Beethoven’s sonatas for cello and piano, which were written twelve years apart – No.1 in F major, Op.5/1 and No.3 in A major, Op.69, Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, as well as a wonderful selection of Lieder by Schumann transcribed for cello and piano.

21 April 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review Pharos presented a literary evening featuring the works of the celebrated Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, and the launch of the Greek edition of The Hour of the Star, which was her last book before she died in 1977. The book brings together all of the philosophical themes that the author considered over her writing career: the nature of truth, the meaning of existence, the power of language, the finality of death, and the role of spirituality. As part of the event, Stephanos Stephanides, poet and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cyprus, gave a talk and, extracts from the works were read by actress Nayia Karacosta and poet Lily Michaelides. The event was organised in collaboration with Ideogramma and the Moufflon Bookshop, and with the kind support of the Embassy of Brazil in Cyprus.

28 April 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review Described by Gramophone Magazine as “a thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold”, Ashley Wass is highly in demand on the international stage, having performed as a soloist with numerous leading orchestras, at many of the world’s finest concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus. For his much anticipated return recital at The Shoe Factory, the phenomenal Ashley Wass presented a Shakespeare-inspired programme comprising Beethoven’s “The Tempest” Sonata, Smetana’s pianistic tone-poem Macbeth and the Witches, Liszt’s Paraphrase on Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Prokofiev’s exquisite piano suite Romeo and Juliet: Ten Pieces for Piano, Op.75, which the composer constructed out of themes from his famous ballet, Romeo and Juliet.

5 May 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia



Pharos Review Theodore Tzovanakis is one of the most sought-after and talented pianists of his generation in Greece. He studied piano at the Cologne University of Music, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. For his recital in Nicosia, which was supported by the Embassy of Greece in Cyprus, Tzovanakis performed an all-Russian programme consisting of Alexander Scriabin’s 24 Preludes, Op.11 – a set of unabashedly Romantic miniatures for piano in each of the major and minor tonalities that were greatly inspired by Chopin’s Op.28 Preludes; the prodigious Four Preludes written by Scriabin’s 11-year-old son, Julian, in 1914, just before the boy was drowned following a boating accident; Tchaikovsky’s Dumka in C minor, Op.59 and Medtner’s astoundingly inventive Four Lyric Fragments, Op.23.

12 May 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia



Pharos Review The Tetraktys String Quartet is recognised as one of the most dynamic and innovative quartets in Europe and it is internationally acclaimed for its technical excellence and stylistic elegance. Distinguished for its impeccable and absorbing sound as well as the expressiveness and passion of its performances in both the classical and the contemporary repertoire, Tetraktys (consisting of violinists Giorgos Panagiotidis and Kostas Panagiotidis, violist Megumi Kasakawa and cellist Dimitris Travlos) has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including, Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique in Paris and Musikverein Wien. For their concert at The Shoe Factory, the Tetraktys demonstrated their unique artistry by presenting an adventurous and highly virtuosic programme, which comprised Beethoven’s monumental Grosse Fuge – a piece that was so ground-breaking for its time that the composer’s contemporaries described it as “incomprehensible”; Schnittke’s String Quartet No.3 – a masterpiece showcasing the composer’s “polystylistic” approach by incorporating in its structure a number of fragments from other works such as Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge and Shostakovich’s famous “musical signature”; Shostakovich’s heart-rendering String Quartet No.7 in F-sharp minor and Ginastera’s electrifying String Quartet No.2, Op.26.

17 May – 5 July 2017 Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia



Pharos Review The Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art presented Gideon Rubin’s first solo exhibition in Cyprus. Based in London, this fascinating Israeli artist has had numerous international solo exhibitions around the world, including at Chengdu MOCA, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in San Jose ICA, Galerie Karsten Greve in Paris, Rokeby Gallery in London and Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco. Though firmly ensconced in the 21st century, Gideon Rubin is unquestionably a painter of history. His is a complex and multivalent history, one that draws in equal measure on the past and the present, the known and the unknowable, the personal and the universal. By using anonymous photographs, often from the turn of the century, Gideon Rubin selects characters and scenes which he conveys onto canvas or linen. Through the use of broad brushstrokes and a muted palette, the figures and landscapes are often abstracted, details are effaced and scenes move in and out of the picture plane. The surfaces of the paintings reveal strata of previous paintings or are scraped back to reveal the canvas beneath. In other instances, Rubin leaves entire areas of canvas untouched so that they become integral parts of the work whilst drawing attention to the paintings support. Embedded within layers of paint or receding from view, it is as if his selected characters are entrenched in multiple histories or are unrecoverable in the here and now.

2 – 20 June 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia Royal Manor House, Kouklia


Pharos Review Since its inception seventeen years ago the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival has established itself as the highlight of the Pharos Arts Foundation’s Concert and Recital Series, garnering enthusiastic acclaim from music lovers all over the world. The Festival has become one of Europe’s preeminent music festivals, while it has made chamber music more accessible to the general public in Cyprus, by presenting exciting programmes and performances of the highest level by some of the world’s most renowned soloists. The Festival also maintains a strong tradition of community service, with educational concerts organised for students of public schools and a number of master-classes for young instrumentalists. Organised between 2 and 20 June 2017, the 17th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival welcomed to Cyprus some of the most remarkable artists on the international music scene, who joined forces for eight concerts at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia and at the Gothic Hall of the Royal Manor House in Kouklia, Palaipaphos. The Festival explored the many forms of the chamber music genre, and encompassed an impressive array of instrumental combinations and repertoire, ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century, as well as a number of rarely performed masterpieces. The 17th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival opened on 2 June 2017, at The Shoe Factory, with a voice and piano recital by the renowned Danish coloratura soprano Susanne Elmark who joined forces with the international repetiteur Christian Westergaard in a programme of art-songs by Debussy, Berg, R. Strauss, Prokofiev and Grieg. A few days later, The Shoe Factory welcomed the return visit of the sensational young pianist Vitaly Pisarenko, winner of the First Prize in the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, in a recital that was organised in collaboration with the Keyboard Charitable Trust in London, and included works by Schubert, Schumann and Liszt. After an intensive week of educational activities, the Festival moved to the Royal Manor House of the ancient village of Kouklia, which was specifically transformed by Pharos to a first class concert venue. Some of the world’s greatest musicians joined forces for six memorable concerts. The Festival hosted one of the most renowned names of the great Russian piano school, Sergei Babayan, claimed for his extraordinary mastery in exploring a stylistically diverse repertoire; it also featured one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted pianists of the new generation – the Gold Medallist of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko; and the return visit of the incredible Yevgeny Sudbin, hailed by The Telegraph as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century”. Besides the Festival’s regular guests – distinguished cellist and artistic director of the Festival Alexander Chaushian, the impressive Russian violinist Boris Brovtsyn, violinists Levon Chilingirian and Monika Urbonaite, violists Diemut Poppen and David Abrahamyan, and cellist Tim Park, the Festival also hosted for the first time the brilliant Alena Baeva, who is fast emerging as one of the finest violinists of her generation; one of the most celebrated and engaging French violinists of our times – Nicolas Dautricourt – winner of the Sacem Georges Enesco Prize; the prodigious violinist Clara-Jumi Kang – prize winner in several major competitions, including, Tibor Varga, Seoul, Hannover and Indianapolis violin competitions; and the fascinating violist Jennifer Stumm, recognised as one of the world’s dynamic advocates for her instrument. The 17th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival also welcomed the return visits of Marc Coppey – considered nowadays one of the leading cellists in the world, the renowned Italian flutist Massimo Mercelli, and the newly founded Cyprus Guitar Trio, which comprises three distinguished classical guitarists from Cyprus – Vasilios Avraam, George Christofi and Socrates Leptos.

JAZZ AT THE SHOE FACTORY 9 September 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review The resourceful yet unassuming music disposition of pianist/composer Marios Takoushis and bassist/ composer Gabriel Karapatakis, exuding a modern and distinctive European jazz sound and based on strong melodies and virtuosic improvisations, defies any self-classification. Their music is developed from the fundamentals of jazz improvisation and individual self-expression, displaying original ideas which are inspired by the music traditions of the Mediterranean. And while it does not engage in loud and ostentatious conversations with these traditions, it brings about “memories”, which are stemming from the two artists’ motherland – Cyprus, but also from the evolution of the jazz genre, and which are deeply embedded, inseparably intertwined even, in the Project’s musical corpus. The Pharos Arts Foundation opened its Fall season 2017 with this highly acclaimed jazz duo, who joined forces with the renowned German percussion virtuoso Udo Demandt in a deeply inspiring, sold-out, concert.

15 September 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia



Pharos Review Pharos was thrilled to welcome the return visit of the sensational Emmanuel Tjeknavorian. Winner in such important competitions as the Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2015, the Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in 2014 and the Johannes Brahms Competition, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has already achieved international acclaim, and has appeared in some of the world’s most important concert venues, including Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Boston Symphony Hall and the Helsinki Music Centre. Despite his young age, Tjeknavorian has already appeared as a soloist with such renowned orchestras as the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Emmanuel Tjeknavorian’s electrifying recital at The Shoe Factory inaugurated the beginning of an extensive tour in some of Europe’s most prestigious venues, including the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philharmonie in Luxembourg and Barbican in the UK, where he was scheduled to perform the same programme: J. S. Bach’s Sonata in G minor, BWV 1001; Ysaÿe’s extremely popular, yet tremendously taxing Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, Op.27; Prokofiev’s Sonata for Violin solo in D major, Op.115; excerpts from Enescu’s evocative Impressions d’ Enfance; Ernst’s Variations on “The Last Rose of Summer” – a work that is so fiendishly difficult for the violinist that that only a handful of violinists have recorded it in history; and Suite des Alpes – a new work composed by the acclaimed Austrian composer Christoph Ehrenfellner.

6 – 13 October 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review The International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival has established itself as one of the most innovative and cutting-edge annual music events in the Eastern Mediterranean. Under the artistic direction of the internationally renowned Cypriot composer, Evis Sammoutis, the Festival has become a platform for composers and performers to explore new sound worlds in chamber music settings and it has so far presented hundreds of Cyprus and world premieres. Entitled “EAST music WEST”, the 9th International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival was dedicated to the evolution of traditional music into what we now identify as ‘new music’. For a week, the Festival became the meeting point of traditions from east to west, from the past to the present: a crossway in which instruments from various cultures mingled with their western descendants, a hybrid platform where music elements from various traditions around the globe were exposed, and a unique sonic experience where oral practices were combined with modern notation and compositional techniques. The Festival presented four distinct concerts, alongside a number of other corresponding activities, such as lectures, workshops and educational activities. The impressive first concert of the Festival travelled us to the Far East and the transcendental sounds of the Chinese Sheng and the Japanese Shō. The Sheng is one of the oldest wind instruments in the world, with a history over 3.000 years, and it was important in the development of other musical instruments, as for example the harmonica in the West and Sheng’s smaller sibling, the Shō, in Japan. The Festival welcomed for the first time in Cyprus the world famous Sheng player Wu Wei, who joined forces with the brilliant Shō player Naomi Sato. Having appeared as a soloist with many leading orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Kent Nagano and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel, Wu Wei has helped to develop the Sheng into an innovative force in contemporary music. The second concert of the Festival was an exciting percussion experience by Shawn Mativetsky – one of the most dynamic performers of Tabla in the world and a pioneer in bridging the worlds of Western and Indian classical music. His instrument, the Tabla, is regarded as the king of the percussion instruments and it has a very distinct sound that makes it an integral part of Indian music. The third concert of the Festival presented for the first time in Cyprus the outstanding Ensemble C Barré which joined forces with soprano Sarah Maria Sun, under the direction of Sebastian Boin. Associated with the National Centre for Musical Creation of Marseille, C Barré is an ensemble of unique personality, quite distinct from today’s musical landscape. The unrivalled makeup of the Ensemble (conventional western instruments as well as accordion, mandolin and cimbalom) is further enriched by a number of traditional instruments – as in the case of C Barré’s exceptional concert in Nicosia, which also included instruments such as bouzouki, duduk and zithers. The concert featured works by Xenakis, Stravinsky, Britten, Markeas, and world premieres by Mikel Urquiza, François Rossé and George Christofi. The 9th International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival ended its journey with the Lingua Franca Ensemble, featuring instruments such as yayli tanbur, tarhu, ney, oud, guitar, violin and percussion. The Ensemble circumnavigated on a musical wandering during which the rich eastern Mediterranean traditions and western music elements blended and composed colourful soundscapes in a unique programme that also included world premieres by composers Vasilis Filippou and Andreas Tsiartas.

18 October – 3 November 2017 Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia



Pharos Review The Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art presented Vahagn Hamalbashyan’s first solo exhibition in Cyprus. Born in 1983, in an artistic family in Armenia, Vahagn is a graduate of the State Academy of Fine Arts in Yerevan and has already held three solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions. The artist is inspired by things that weigh on his mind and he considers himself as much a citizen of the world as of Armenia. Locally, he finds himself caught in the middle of the formation of a new Iron Curtain. He staunchly opposes Armenia’s return to the Soviet Union’s difficult realities rather than its romanticized verisimilitude for several reasons: the large amount of corruption in all sectors of the government, the lack of allocated resources for the general public, and the downtrodden mentality of life in general. Vahagn uses a brush, acrylic paint, and canvas as his main instruments. He also takes advantage of a printmaker, pencils, charcoal, watercolour, spray cans, stencils, and Armenian wine. “When it comes to communicating emotionally with the world, I don’t hold back,” he says. One of his works that was exhibited at the PCCA embodied the complacent attitude towards disaster on the horizon. It depicted a nuclear explosion over a beach where heads levitated and licked ice cream. In another work, a Russian aircraft carrier dominated a lake, while nude people were relaxing and looking at the aircraft but do nothing about the lurking danger. But it is not only the contemplation of problems which dominates Vahagn’s artistic investment; he also believes in the value of human life and how its beauties radiate the surrounding environment. He points out how the nude people in his painting imparts elation to the scene. Vahagn supports free expression and believes that not only does each human being deserve a space to exist and work, but also every living thing.

27 October 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia



Pharos Review Pharos presented for the first time in Nicosia the sensational pianist Konstantin Lifschitz. Having established a worldwide reputation for performing extraordinary feats of endurance with honesty and persuasive beauty, Lifschitz has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls with leading orchestras, besides being an active recording artist and a commanding conductor. His performance was praised as “the most magical moment” and “deeply satisfying” by The Independent, and “naturally expressive and gripping” by the New York Times. For his historical, sold-out, concert at The Shoe Factory in front of an appreciative audience, Lifschitz performed a colossal programme lasting over two hours with what is considered the twin peak of the classical keyboard repertory: Bach’s Goldberg Variations – a display of unmatched craft in music history and genuine, poetic imagination, and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations – a work of exhilarating humour, described as “the greatest of all piano works, where the utmost elaborated compositional techniques are combined with concrete operations of historical reinterpretation, quotations and musical parody”.

16 November 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review Prize winner in a number of important piano competitions, including the Gold Medal and the Audience Prize at the prestigious Cincinnati World Piano Competition in 2015, Artem Yasynskyy has already won considerable recognition around the world for his “most interesting manner of playing, in which a constant variety of touch was in constant evidence” (The Salt Lake Tribune), his “stage presence which conveys a sense of authority from the outset” (Chopin Magazine, Sendai) and the “authority and panache he brings to all the performances and his considerable technique that serves the music’s expression instead of calling attention to itself” (American Record Guide). For his recital at The Shoe Factory, this remarkable young pianist performed a spectacular and diverse programme consisting of J.S. Bach’s Partita in G major No.5, BWV 829; Szymanowski’s Variations in B-flat minor, Op.3 – showcasing the 20-yearold composer’s perfect intuition for the technical and timbral possibilities of the piano; Haydn’s greatly expressive and technically demanding Sonata for Keyboard in C major, Hob.XVI:50; Prokofiev’s Sonata No.8 in B-flat major, Op.84 – a work of extreme emotions and technical demands, which stands as the composer’s third of the so-called trilogy of the “War Sonatas”; and Britten’s magnificent set of pictures for piano entitled “Holiday Diary” Suite. The recital was organised in collaboration with The Keyboard Charitable Trust in London.

29 November 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia



Pharos Review As part of its Cyprus Artists Series, Pharos presented the inaugural concert of the Acamandis Piano Trio – a newly formed trio for piano, violin and cello, comprising three of the most talented and active musicians in Cyprus. Consisting of pianist Yiannis Georgiou – graduate of the Trinity College of Music in London and the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, violinist Sorin Alexandru Horlea – graduate of the Ciprian Porumbescu Music University and prize winner at the George Enescu Childhood Memories Competition in Bucharest, and cellist Jakub Otčenášek – graduate of the Prague Conservatory and Principal Cellist of Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Acamandis Piano Trio was formed out of its members’ mutual passion for chamber music and their keen interest in the exploration and performance of the neglected repertoire for piano trio. For their first concert together, the Acamandis presented a rarely performed programme of piano trios, which were written while their composers were still students, in their late teens: Rachmaninov’s Trio Élégiaque No.1 in G minor – a concise, single-movement work that was inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio written ten years earlier; Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No.1 in C minor – a passionate, single-movement work, which strongly recalls the influence of Scriabin and Rachmaninov, and it is perhaps the most romantic work Shostakovich had ever composed; and Debussy’s Piano Trio in G major – an undeniably charming and graceful work that was never performed during the composer’s lifetime and it was not published until 1986.

8 December 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review The fascinating Matan Porat is considered to be one of the most original voices to have emerged in recent years, with artistic activity encompassing a wide spectrum of work as a pianist and composer. Having appeared in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, Porat has been praised for his varied and exciting concert programmes, which range from Baroque to contemporary repertoire: “Porat plays with a magnificent sound and breath of expression” (The New York Times), “An astounding feat of creative musicianship” (The New Yorker), “Sviatoslav Richter would have loved to hear the extraordinary pianist Matan Porat” (La Croix). Porat delivered a breathtaking performance and received a standing ovation at the end of his much anticipated concert at The Shoe Factory, which comprised Rameau’s Suite en La, Schumann’s Humoreske, and Debussy’s Images from Book I as well as an interesting transcription for solo piano, by Matan Porat, of Debussy’s Prelude à l’après midi d’un Faune. The concert was organised in collaboration with PwC Cyprus.

15 December 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia



Pharos Review The Pharos Arts Foundation, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain and the Cervantes Institute in Cyprus, presented once again a guitar recital with the most recent First Prize winner of the International Sevilla Guitar Competition. The winner in 2016 was Damiano Pisanello – a young guitarist from Switzerland, praised for his brilliant technique, transparent, dramatic sound and rich melodic nuances. For his recital at The Shoe Factory, the notably talented Pisanello demonstrated his uncompromising artistry in a unique programme of works by Tristan Murail, Miguel de Fuenllana, Joan Manén, Manuel De Falla, Maurice Ohana and Felix Ibarrondo.

VOICE & PIANO RECITAL 19 December 2017 The Shoe Factory, Nicosia


Pharos Review The Pharos Arts Foundation culminated its 2017 season with the renowned Italian soprano Alda Caiello and pianist André Gallo in a memorable recital, kindly supported by the Embassy of Italy in Cyprus. The fascinating Alda Caiello, regarded as one of the leading vocal performers on the European scene and celebrated for her versatility, refinement and expressiveness, has appeared in some of the world’s prestigious venues under the baton of important conductors. The duo presented a programme of 20th-century masterpieces, inspired by the folk music of various traditions: From Sibelius’ Karelianinduced songs to the Ancient Greek eroticism of Debussy’s Bilitis Songs, from the dark Cuban sensuality of Montsalvatge’s Canciones negras through the Andalusian passion of de Falla’s Canciones Populares Espanolas, to Berio’s highly virtuosic Four Folk Songs, the recital was unquestionably the perfect way to conclude another yet successful year for the Pharos Arts Foundation.

January – December 2017 Cyprus


Pharos Review One of the most important aspects of the Pharos Arts Foundation’s activities is its Education Programme, which has so far benefited over 75.000 students in Cyprus. All the artists, scholars, composers and musicians who participated in the Foundation’s 2017 programme, have also taken part in educational and community activities – educational concerts, workshops, lectures, open-rehearsals and master-classes, for students of primary and secondary education, as well as university students, young professionals and people with special needs. Part of the Foundation’s Education Programme is organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and a number of educational activities have been broadcast to tens of schools throughout Cyprus.

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INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTERS BENEFITS 2018 ■ CONTRIBUTORS (€100 for single membership or €150 for couple membership) A Contributor of the Pharos Arts Foundation confers the following benefits: ● 25 – 30% (discount on all standard tickets for Foundation events ● 20% discount on Pharos’ publications / art-catalogues ● 30% discount on commercial CDs by participating artists, sold at events ● 10% discount on books at the Moufflon Bookshop, Nicosia ● Advance notice on forthcoming events through post and/or Email ● Advance notice on film screenings at The Shoe Factory ● Over the phone Ticket Reservations for events through the Pharos Arts Foundation Box Office ● Invitations to after-concert receptions ● Recognition in the Sponsors’ page on all Concert Booklets ● Acknowledgment in the end-of-the-year Review Publication ● Recognition on the Foundation’s website ● One (or two for couple) complimentary ticket voucher(s) to be used at any Pharos concerts throughout the year ■ SUPPORTERS (from €250 for couple membership)

A Supporter is entitled to all the benefits of Contributor membership (couple), plus: ● A highlights CD of Pharos 2018 concerts ● Complimentary Concert Booklet for all concerts ● Six complimentary Ticket Vouchers to be used at any Pharos concerts throughout the year

■ THE PHAROS CIRCLE (From €500 for couple membership)

The Pharos Circle membership confers all the benefits of the Supporter membership, plus: ● Complimentary tickets to all the 18th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival ● Complimentary tickets to all the 10th International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival ● Priority seating when booking is confirmed ● Private preview of concert rehearsals, educational concerts, exhibitions ● Invitations to receptions and after-concert dinners with the artists ● A gift package of 4 CDs/DVDs from Pharos Concerts

■ PATRONS (From €1.000 for couple membership)

Patrons receive all the above benefits as well as additional individually tailored benefits to suit one’s preferences including: ● Complimentary tickets to all the events ● A complimentary commercial CD by participating artists (upon request) ● If desired, recognition on promotional material, invitations and advertisements of two events. ● Gift package of 10 CDs/DVDs from Pharos Concerts ● A Complimentary Hotel Room (double) for one night during the 18th International Chamber Music Festival

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CORPORATE SUPPORTERS BENEFITS 2018 ■ CORPORATE CONTRIBUTORS (From €2,000) A Corporate Contributor of the Pharos Arts Foundation confers the following benefits: ● Company LOGO to appear on: Print Advertisements & Tickets of 2 events and TV Commercial of 1 event ● Company ADVERTISEMENT (A4, full-page, colour) to appear in the Concert Booklets of 2 events ● Company ADVERTISEMENT (A4, full-page, colour) to appear in the end-of-the-year Review Publication ● 8 complimentary Ticket Vouchers to be used at any concert throughout the year ■ COPRORATE SPONSORS (From €5,000)

A Corporate Sponsor of the Pharos Arts Foundation confers the following benefits: ● Company LOGO to appear on: Print Advertisements & Tickets of 5 events and TV Commercials of 2 events ● Company ADVERTISEMENT (A4, full-page, colour) to appear in the Concert Booklets of 5 events ● Company ADVERTISEMENT (A4, full-page, colour) to appear in the end-of-the-year Review Publication ● 16 complimentary Ticket Vouchers to be used throughout the year ● Preferential seating for Board members


A Pharos Corporate Circle of the Pharos Arts Foundation confers the following benefits: ● Company LOGO to appear on: Print Advertisements of 10 events, TV Commercials & Tickets of all events, Banners & Billboards of all large scale events ● Company ADVERTISEMENT (A4, full-page, colour) to appear in the Concert Booklets of 10 events ● Company ADVERTISEMENT (A4, full-page, colour) to appear in the end-of-the-year Review Publication ● A Company FEATURE in the Pharos Review Publication (upon request) ● Publicity Material / Products of Company to be displayed during all events (upon request) ● 4 complimentary Tickets for each concert ● Preferential seating for Board members ● Private preview of concert rehearsals, educational concerts, exhibitions, as well as opportunities to meet with the artists for Company’s personnel and valued customers

■ CORPORATE PATRONS (From €20,000)

A Corporate Patron of the Pharos Arts Foundation confers the following benefits: ● Company LOGO to appear on: Print Advertisements, TV Commercials & Tickets of all events and Banners & Billboards of all large scale events ● Company ADVERTISEMENT (A4, full-page, colour) to appear in the Concert Booklets of all events (cover or inside back cover) ● Company ADVERTISEMENT (A4, full-page, colour) to appear in the end-of-the-year Review Publication ● Company PROFILE in all Concert Booklets (upon request) ● A Company FEATURE in the Pharos Review Publication (upon request) ● Creation of Banner with Company advertisement in the foyer of venue for all concerts (upon request) ● Publicity Material / Products of Company to be displayed during all events (upon request) ● Copies of the audio recording of the event sponsored by the Company, for Company’s personnel and clients (upon request) ● 6 complimentary Tickets for each concert ● Preferential seating for Board members ● Private preview of concert rehearsals, educational concerts, exhibitions, as well as opportunities to meet with the artists for Company’s personnel and valued customers ● A Complimentary Hotel Room (double) for one night during the 18th International Chamber Music Festival In addition to the above benefits, all corporate sponsors receive: ● Company NAME to be acknowledged on the Foundation's website, in the end-of-the-year Review Publication and all Concert Booklets ● Company LOGO to appear on Foundation’s website with hyperlink to Company’s Website ● Invitations to after-concert receptions ● 20% DISCOUNT on tickets and Pharos’ publications / art-catalogues for Company personnel ● 25% - 35% DISCOUNT on commercial CDs by participating artists, sold at events for Company Personnel ● 10% DISCOUNT on books at the Moufflon Bookshop, Nicosia for all Company personnel ● Advance notice of forthcoming events and film screenings through post and/or Email ● 10 highlights CDs of 2018 Pharos concerts ● Complimentary Concert Booklet for all concerts for all Company personnel ● Complimentary copies of the end-of-the-year Review publication For more details and ideas on Corporate Sponsorship, please contact the Pharos Arts Foundation. Tel: 22 663871 / Email:

The Pharos Centre A vision for the Future Since its inception, in 1998, the Cyprus-based Pharos Arts Foundation has established an international reputation for artistic and cultural excellence. The Foundation’s programme includes a regular concert and recital series, an annual Chamber Music Festival now in its sixteenth year and a Contemporary Music Festival now in its eighth year, a music education programme, exhibitions of contemporary art, publishing, and a lecture series on issues of global importance with distinguished speakers. Our vision is to expand these activities by creating a centre for Art, Culture, and Dialogue in a beautiful setting of ancient olive groves and pine forest at Delikipos. The Centre will provide space for the visual and performing arts as well as a library and accommodation for visiting artists, writers, composers, musicians, and thinkers from all disciplines and backgrounds. An important element of this Centre would be the Pharos Forum, providing a venue for dialogue and debate on issues that concern us all. Universal spiritual and material progress which we call civilization can only flourish in what has become the global village of the 21st century if we share basic ethical principles and develop a new world view, a paradigm determined by a reverence for life and nature as well as creative expression. The distinguishing characteristics of the Pharos Forum will undoubtedly be its setting and its human scale, bringing people together from all over the world to an intimate natural environment that allows the landscape to work its magic, and gives individuals time to develop genuine friendships and valuable conversations. John McMurray, the Scottish philosopher said ‘The purpose of all meaningful knowledge is action, and the purpose of all meaningful action is friendship’. The Pharos Forum will cultivate these crucial notions and offer new collaborative ways of addressing difference and discord – of moving away from private understandings, as Heraclitus would have put it, towards perceptions of unity. An additional crucial component of the project is the emphasis that would be given to music and the arts. All cultures and religions have expressed their highest aspirations through music and the arts. Sophocles says ‘He who neglects the arts when young has lost the past and is the dead to the future’. The Pharos Centre will offer participants opportunities to listen to music-making of the highest order from the western classical tradition as well as other cultures and to engage in dialogue with leading international artists. The Pharos Centre, situated on an island at a pivotal point between three continents and diverse cultures, will bring together men and women of goodwill to find a common language and to explore ways in which we can develop a saner, healthier and more sustainable world at the beginning of a millennium. If you would like to learn more about the Centre and contribute towards the realisation of our vision, you may contact the Pharos Arts Foundation at

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Pharos Arts Foundation - Review 2017  
Pharos Arts Foundation - Review 2017  

The annual report of event highlights of the Pharos Arts Foundation - Year 2017