Heidi Trautmann



19 May & 4 June / The Shoe Factory, Nicosia
27 May – 2 June / Royal Manor House, Kouklia 
All concerts start at 8:30pm 


Since its inception sixteen 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. Guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence, the Pharos 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 organized for students of public schools and a number of master-classes for young instrumentalists.

Organized between 19 May and 4 June 2016, the 16th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival features a line-up of twenty unique musicians who will join forces for eight concerts at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia and at the Gothic Hall of the Royal Manor House at Kouklia, Palaipaphos. Exploring the many forms of the chamber music genre, the Festival will encompass an impressive array of instrumental combinations and repertoire, ranging from Paganini and Boccherini, all the way through Mozart, Schubert and Brahms, to Shostakovich and Prokofiev, as well as a number of rarely performed masterpieces.



The 16th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival will open on Thursday 19 May 2016, at The Shoe Factory, with a recital by the exceptional young Viennese violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, who has impressed audiences worldwide a few months ago after winning the second and special prizes at the Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki. Emmanuel will join forces with another rare young talent from Vienna, pianist Maximilian Kromer, in works by Mozart, Schubert, Franck and Kreisler. 

After an intensive week of educational activities, the 16th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival will move to the Royal Manor House of the ancient village of Kouklia near Paphos, which is specifically transformed by the Festival to a first class recital hall. Some of the world’s greatest musicians will join forces for six concerts, between 27 May and 2 June 2016, in an impressive array of works. The Festival will host, for the first time in Cyprus, the great Yuja Wang – a pianist who radiates palpable magnetism and a distinctly contemporary sensibility, described as “simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today”. The Festival will also welcome the return visit of the exceptional Yevgeny Sudbin – hailed as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century”. Along with the Festival’s regular guests – distinguished cellist and artistic director of the Festival Alexander Chaushian, Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Daishin Kashimoto, the impressive violinist Boris Brovtsyn, violinist Levon Chilingirian and violist Diemut Poppen this year’s Festival will also host, the fascinating German pianist Katharina Treutler, violinist Henning Kraggerud – famed for his deep natural musicianship, virtuosity and beauty of tone, renowned double-bass player Nabil Shehata, the remarkable Alessandro Carbonare – principal clarinettist of the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Fabio Zanon – one of the pre-eminent guitarists of our times, violinist Monika Urbonaite, violists David Abrahamyan and Shira Majoni, cellist Tim Park, and two wonderful and extremely charismatic young singers – soprano Ruzan Mantashyan and Cypriot baritone Markos Kleovoulou. 

On Saturday 4 June 2016, some of these amazing soloists will guide the Festival back to where it started – at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia, for a suitably festive finale with an exciting and wide-ranging programme of works for strings, guitar, piano and voice.



Piano: Yuja Wang, Yevgeny Sudbin, Katharina Treutler, Maximilian Kromer
Violin: Daishin Kashimoto, Henning Kraggerud, Boris Brovtsyn, Levon Chilingirian, Monika Urbonaite, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian 
Viola: Shira Majoni, Diemut Poppen, David Abrahamyan 
Cello: Alexander Chaushian, Tim Park 
Double-Bass: Nabil Shehata 
Clarinet: Alessandro Carbonare 
Guitar: Fabio Zanon
Soprano: Ruzan Mantashyan
Baritone: Markos Kleovoulou


Tel: +35722663871 
Website: www.pharosartsfoundation.org 

Tickets: €10 
Box Office: Directly from the Foundation’s websitewww.pharosartsfoundation.org or Tel. 9666-9003 (Monday - Friday 10:00am-3:00pm) 
Tickets also available from: KYRIAKOU FULLPAGE BOOKSHOPS: 30 Ellados Ave., 8020 Paphos, Tel. 26 822850
***Please note: tickets will be available as of April 


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