The International Music Festival “Evmelia” that already completed its 4th Edition in April 2015 under tremendous success, always with the strong support and organization of the Porphyrogenis Foundation in Agria-Volos and under the inspired artistic direction of the eminent Greek concert pianist from Volos Dino Mastroyiannis, has established itself as one of the most prestigious festivals, not only for the Magnesia region but also for the whole modern Greece. Evmelia I, II, III and IV have organized within 4 years 32 concerts (recitals, chamber music concerts and concerts with orchestras ), have succeeded a live Internet streaming worldwide for the first time in Greece (at least as far as concerns a festival of classical music) through its website www.evmelia-festival.org with the technical support of the Greek Company “Friktoria”, and/or a VOD (video on demand) broadcasting of all their concerts.
Takashi Yoshimatsu's message to the "Evmelia" V Festival
I am deeply honored that my work is to be presented at your music festival in Greece, the birthplace of western music, which I so love and admire.
Though I was born and raised in Japan, when I was in my teens I was captivated by western classical music and started to make music myself. Japan has music with a thousand-year history, and when I was a youth it was the rock era. But I was drawn to the sound of orchestras and, in the belief that there was a way to make all music understood with the "five-line staff" system which describes this orchestral sound, I chose to become a composer.
"C’est avec une très grande joie, mais surtout avec une immense satisfaction que j’apprends la décision définitive du déroulement du Festival EVMELIA bel et bien en cette année 2013 également. Il est, en effet pour moi, si important de rappeler le rôle inaliénable et primordial de la musique tel qu’il fut jadis défini par nos ancêtres grecs. Le rappeler ici et maintenant à ce monde actuellement en proie à un matérialisme éhonté et qui, avec une arrogance extrême, tente d’exclure les lieux où se trouvent les berceaux de notre culture commune à la place de les honorer dignement. C’est à mes yeux précisément cette fatale erreur que le Festival EVMELIA corrige avec sa simple et courageuse existence. Je l’en félicite très sincèrement et lui souhaite une longue vie."
Robert Sélitrenny, Chef d’orchestre / Lugano-Suisse / 12.3.2013
Ståle Kleiberg is a major Norwegian composer with a considerable international reputation. His music is widely performed in Norway and abroad, and is mostly commissioned by outstanding orchestras, ensembles and performers. His music is well represented on CDs, and several of these have received outstanding international reviews. Kleiberg’s music is characterised by a highly distinctive form of extended tonality and by meticulous attention to coloristic details. This is especially the case in his orchestral works, including his first symphony, The Bell Reef, and his Violin Concerto, issued on the Grammy nominated 2L album Treble and Bass: Concertos by Ståle Kleiberg with Marianne Thorsen as the violin soloist. Kleiberg’s large-scale works in oratorio and opera format constitute an important part of his output.
1) Niš Symphony Orchestra (Serbia) - 15.04.2016 conductor: Milena Injac (Serbia) / soloist: Dino Mastroyiannis (Volos-Greece) program: - F.MEINDERS-Variations on a Theme of Chopin (for Piano left hand and Strings) - world premiere performance - A. LEONOVA: Poem (for Piano left hand, Strings and Percussion) - world premiere performance - G. GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in blue - music from famous movies and musicals (B. Hermann, E. Morricone, N. Rota, J. Williams, A. Llloyd-Webber, K. Badelt etc.)