Pharos International Chamber Music Festival

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Country and Region CyprusPafos
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Kouklia, Pafos, Cyprus
Festival Contact Information

Mailing address:
Pharos International Chamber Music Festival
The Pharos Trust
P. O. Box 21425
1508, Nicosia, Cyprus
Physical address:
Pharos International chamber Music Festival
The Pharos Trust
24 Demosthenis Severis
1080, Nicosia   Phone: +357 22 663871
Fax: +357 22 66 3538

Festival Description

The International Pharos Chamber Music Festival is being organized again this year, despite the recent economic shortcomings in Cyprus. The Festival has established itself as the most important annual classical music event on the island, and has gained international reputation for its quality concerts and magnificent settings. Guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, the Festival attracts over 2.000 visitors every year. It 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 21 May and 1 June 2013, the 13th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival welcomes to Cyprus some of the most remarkable artists on the international music scene, for eight concerts in three unique venues in Cyprus: the notable Royal Manor House in the ancient village of Kouklia, birthplace of goddess Aphrodite; The Shoe Factory, a contemporary recital venue situated in Ermou Street near the buffer zone in Nicosia; The Olive Grove, a world-class, open-air venue surrounded by the idyllic forest of Delikipos.

Festival Dates May 21 - June 1, 2013
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Festival Story:

Enjoy world-class chamber music performances in the unique atmosphere of historic Kouklia, part of the Aphrodite Cultural Route in Cyprus. Every year during May - June, the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival brings some of the world’s most accomplished soloists and ensembles together in Cyprus for an intensive week of music-making. The Festival was established in 2001 and has an international reputation for the quality of its performances and its unique location. In 2007 the festival was extended to the capital of Cyprus—with the first three concerts held in Nicosia and the remaining four concerts at Kouklia. The artists are renowned soloists and chamber musicians—the audiences were treated to seven concerts with a varied program ranging from Bach and Mozart to Brahms, Schumann and Mendelssohn, as well as works by lesser known contemporary composers such as Alfvén, Arensky and Aho.


Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • Tuesday 21 May, 2013 / The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8:30pm Baroque Recital with Mahan Esfahani & Michala Petri
    • Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
      Hailed as the ‘leading harpsichordist of his generation’ (Opera Today), Mahan Esfahani (b. 1984) is the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist (2008-2010). In 2009 he gave his solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall, about which the Daily Telegraph exclaimed “the harpsichord comes out of hiding…magnificent,” thus launching a major career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and more recently, conductor. His recording of the Poulenc harpsichord concerto was issued in May 2010 with BBC Music Magazine, and he has been featured as a “Hot Property” by Classic FM magazine.
    • Michala Petri (recorders)
      Since her concert debut at the Tivoli Concert Hall in 1969, Michala Petri has established herself as one of classical music’s most beloved performers and the leading exponent of her instrument, the recorder. She has toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, Israel, Australia and the Far East, performing with musicians such as Pinchas Zukerman, James Galway, Joshua Bell, Maurice André, Keith Jarrett, Gidon Kremer and Claudio Abbado and has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s major chamber and symphony orchestras. Michala Petri has received the highest praise for her astonishing virtuosity in a repertoire ranging from the early baroque to contemporary works, many written especially for her. In 1992, she formed a duo with Danish guitarist and lute player Lars Hannibal, with whom she tours all over the world.
  • Friday 24 May, 2013 / The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8:30pm
    Piano Recital with Elisha Abas
    • Elisha Abas
      The great-great grandson of composer Alexander Scriabin, pianist Elisha Abas was a child prodigy who first appeared on the world stage at the age of six. He was the life-long student of Pnina Salzman, and by the age of 11, he appeared with great masters such as Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, Zubin Mehta, and Arthur Rubinstein who became his mentor. Abas achieved many awards throughout his career, having won the first prize in the America Israel Cultural Foundation Music Competition for eight consecutive years and the first prize in the Claremont Piano Competition. After nine busy years of touring the world, he took a break from performing in public, and became, in the meanwhile, a professional footballer in Israel’s premier league. He also gained a degree in law before returning to the world stage in 2004. In 2007, he returned to Carnegie Hall to great critical and public acclaim. His career took off ever since, even though Abas has been extremely selective as with regards to his public performances.
  • Monday 27 – Friday 31 May, 2013 / Royal Manor House, Kouklia / 8:30pm
    Five Chamber Concerts with
    • Violin: Boris Brovtsyn, Daishin Kashimoto, Levon Chilingirian, Monika Urbonaite, Charles Sewart
    • Viola: William Coleman, Diemut Poppen, Sam Barsegian
    • Cello: Alexander Chaushian, Marc Coppey Double-Bass: Hayk Khachatryan
    • Trumpet / Flugelhorn: Sergei Nakariakov Piano: Ashley Wass, Vahan Mardirossian, Maria Meerovitch
  • Saturday 1 June, 2013 / The Olive Grove, Delikipos / 8:30pm
    An open-air concert for strings with
    • Violin: Boris Brovtsyn, Levon Chilingirian
    • Viola: William Coleman, Diemut Poppen, Sam Barsegian
    • Cello: Alexander Chaushian
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Venues 2013:
  • The Royal Manor House / Kouklia is one of the finest surviving monuments of Frankish architecture on the island and an unparalleled venue for intimate chamber music performances. The building also houses an archaeological museum, which records the rich history of human activity in the region from about 2800 BC to the present day. The Royal Manor House, which is part of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s “Aphrodite’s Cultural Route”, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Palaipaphos, or Old Paphos, was a city-kingdom of Cyprus and one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world. It was the site of a famous sanctuary of Aphrodite, the oldest remains of which date back to the 12th century BC. Join us in a leisurely exploration of the history and cultural heritage of the western region of Cyprus.
  • The Shoe Factory is situated in the old part of Nicosia, near the buffer zone. Through it, the Pharos Arts Foundation is helping to revitalize this beautiful and historic section of the capital city by attracting a wide and diversified younger audience. All concerts are characterized by a unique feeling of intimacy and music is performed in an exceptionally inspiring setting: a modern venue decorated with contemporary art by mainly local artists; a venue situated in the “run down” part of Nicosia that offers the audience the unique opportunity to sit within an amazing proximity to world famous artists and experience performances in a venue like no other.
  • The Olive Grove is a world-class, open-air concert venue, which aims to deliver relaxed and informal events so that intimacy is developed between the artists and the audience. The venue is surrounded by the idyllic forest of Delikipos and is adorned with wooden decks, shallow pools of water, zen landscaping and a uniquely atmospheric lighting. The audience can relax on the chairs, blankets and pillows with a glass of wine.
Tickets 2013:
  • Information
    • Pharos Arts Foundation
      Phone +35722663871
      Online at
    • Box Office
      Phone: 7000-9304 (daily 9:30-11:30am)
Tickets 2013:
  • Ticket price: €10
  • BOX OFFICE: Tel. 7000-9304 (daily 9.30-11.30am)
  • KYRIAKOU FULLPAGE BOOKSHOPS: 30 Ellados Avenue, 8020 Paphos Phone: 26 822850


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