In Memoriam: A concert in honour of Nicolas Economou

Limassol Municipal Symphony Orchestra

The Limassol Municipal Symphony Orchestra, under the musical and artistic direction of Francis Nectarios Guy presents at the Patticheio Municipal Theater of Limassol: “In Memoriam: a concert in honour of Nicolas Economou”.

In addition to being a world class pianist, Nikolas Economou (1953-1993) was also a talented composer. Four pieces from his 16 piano children etudes entitled “Childhood Whims”, have been orchestrated by Alkis Baltas and will form the overture to the concert commemorating the 30th anniversary from the passing of the great, “Sui generis”, Cypriot musician.

The Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64, by Felix Mendelssohn, one of the most beautiful works of the romantic repertoire, will be performed by the renowned Limassolian violinist Victoria Mavromoustaki. Victoria has been living permanently in London since the age of 15, first as a scholar at “The Purcell School for Young Musicians”, then as a student at “The Royal School of Music” and now as a professional musician.  She has a remarkable career, with appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall and Royal Albert Hall as well as concerts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The highlight of the evening will undoubtedly be the masterful First Symphony in C major, opus 21. This “Viennese” symphony is characterized by its clear, beautiful, and easy-to-understand melodies and by its clear structure of composition, form and proportions.

VICTORIA MAVROMOUSTAKI | VIOLIN

Victoria leads a varied career both as a performer and an educator. In addition to her solo engagements and her regular collaborations with pianist Eleni Mavromoustaki, Victoria is also a founder member of Isolde piano trio. Victoria has made both solo and chamber appearances in Europe, Africa and Middle East and has been on stage at some of the most prestigious venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. As a soloist she has performed with several orchestras including the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, and Oxford Philharmonic.

Born in Limassol, Cyprus, Victoria began studying violin at the age of three with Andreas Konstantinou and made her début recital at the age of seven. She won numerous awards and prizes including, in 1999, a scholarship to study at the Purcell School of Music in the UK with Maciej Rakowsky. She, later, went on to study at the Royal College of Music under the guidance of Itzhak Rashkovsky.

As well as being a Royal College of Music Scholar, she also received many awards including the MBF Myra Hess award, the Kit and John Gander Award and the Joan Weller Award. In 2006 she won the Philip Crawshaw memorial prize at the ROSL competition and in 2008 she received an award at the Carl Flesh International Violin Competition.

Victoria is involved with many educational projects in London such as Music Masters UK and the Albert Hall ensemble “Alberts Band”. She has previously also held the position of teacher of violin at Junior Trinity. She is the founder of “Cyprus Music Makers” an organisation that aims to bring high quality performances and mentoring in Cyprus.

Victoria is a member of the Intervana Project and the founder of The Amaryllis Music Project and Concert series in London.

Future engagements include solo appearances as well as performances and the UK and abroad with her sister Eleni Mavromoustaki. Victoria plays on a fine instrument by Andrea Guarneri made in Cremona in 1683.

FRANCIS GUY

Conductor | Musicologist

British-Cypriot conductor and musicologist, Dr. Francis- Nectarios Guy, has been known for his concert activities and publications focusing on western and southeastern European medieval and contemporary music creation.

He has studied and worked with distinguished choral and orchestra conductors, composers and musicologists around the globe including Yorgo Sicilianos, Dimitar Christoff, Georgi Robev, Vassil Kazandjiev, Yuri Simonov and many others.

He is the artistic director and conductor of The Commandaria Orchestra, ensemble founded under the umbrella of the Cyprus Wine Museum in 2009.  Francis has a rich Symphonic and Operatic repertoire, and he finds combining his concert activities with his research projects extremely challenging. An example of this is performing works written without bar-lines, (free bar-line notation) in a series of concerts in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Poland and Russia. This trend is noted in modern and contemporary composers such as Michel Jarell, Pierre Boulez, Giya Kancheli, Kalrheinz Stockhausen, Yiannis Christou, Dimitar Christoff.

Michel Jarell’s opera “Cassandre” was performed with his Commandaria Orchestra in a production by the Comédie de Genève, within the framework of Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture, with the renowned Fanny Ardant in the main role. Notable also are his recordings of works by Dimitar Christoff for the Bulgarian National Radio, his concert series with the Sofia Academic Symphony Orchestra, his collaborations with the National Opera of Sofia, the Varna State Opera, Russe State Opera, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and others.

LIMASSOL MUNICIPALITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (LimSO)

Studying the cultural flourishing of the city of Limassol during the second half of the 20th century, one can discern, among many other ventures and successes for the local cultural activities, the efforts to create and maintain a Limassol chamber orchestra based on European standards.

October 22nd, 2019, however, can be considered a landmark date; Due to the efforts and actions of the mayor of Limassol Mr Nikos Nikolaides and the town’s Municipality Council on the one hand, and the continuous consultations with active citizens on the other, the Chamber Orchestra of the Municipality of Limassol makes its first appearance in a concert organized by the Municipality in memoriam to Solon Michaelides under the baton of Mikis Michaelides.

The continuation and consolidation of the orchestra as a permanent professional ensemble with continuous artistic presence and development seemed even more difficult with the problems created by the pandemic crisis.

The concerts given by the ensemble during the last three years, initially as a string orchestra and later as a Symphony orchestra, for instance “Zorbas” ballet suite, Cavalleria Rusticana, Symphonic Rembetiko and the established Christmas Gala Concert under the music and artistic direction of Francis Nectarios Guy, gave a different dynamic and determination to its development.

Important announcement:
According to the theatre’s regulations, children under the age of 16, will not be allowed to enter the theatre without adult supervision.

April 8 @ 20:00
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