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.
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.)
Dr. Eftychia Papanikolaou (Greece-USA): Special guest of Evmelia IV
Evmelia Festival is proud to present its special guest Dr. Eftychia Papanikolaou (Greece-USA), who will give Musicology lectures and special presentations about Evmelia IV concert programs.
Eftychia (Effie) Papanikolaou is Associate Professor of Musicology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (USA), where she also serves as Musicology Coordinator and Graduate Advisor. She holds a B.A. in English Philology and Literature from the University of Athens, Greece; Music Theory Degrees (Counterpoint and Fugue) from the National Conservatory of Athens; and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Historical Musicology from Boston University.