International Music Festival "Berengaria"

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Country and Region CyprusLimassol
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Limassol, Limassol, Cyprus
Festival Contact Information

Phone: + 357- 25343900

Festival Description

The Berengaria International Music Festival is dedicated to the presentation of both chamber and solo music performed by high calibre musicians from all over the world. Since its creation in 2003 internationally acclaimed artists from Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Israel, Latvia, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland and Taiwan have been guests of the festival.

Its 9th edition will take place between May 2nd and 5th, 2011, at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol, and is organised by Artistic Directors Denise Benda and Matheos Kariolou, the Rialto Theatre and the Municipality of Kato Polemidia in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture.

In 2011, the bicentenary of Franz Liszt’s birth is a celebrated event in the classical musical world all over Europe. At the same time, Argentina commemorates Ástor Piazzolla: the “genius behind the New Tango” would have been 90 years old this year. But 2011 also marks the 40th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s death, unquestionably one of the most significant composers of the 20th century.

As a tribute to these special jubilees, the Berengaria Festival is going to present two concerts (on May 2nd and May 5th, 20.30h) with several works by these composers in combination with other classical pieces from the 19th and 20th century as well as a documentary film “Rhythm is it!”(on May 3rd, 18.00h) about a dance performance with school students from deprived backgrounds based around the music of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Festival Dates May 2 - 5, 2011
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Festival Events:

Performing Artists 2011:
  • Henri Sigfridsson, piano
  • Denise Benda, piano
  • Janne Rättyä, accordion & bandonéon
  • Daniel Haefliger, violoncello
  • Christian Euler, viola
  • Matheos Kariolou, violin
  • The Strings Workshop
Programming 2011:
  • It is the intent of the festival to create an atmosphere that fosters earnest interaction between performers, audience, and the music itself, appreciated equally by those new to classical music and by connoisseurs who value the intimacy and intensity of the musical experience. Music is essential to the aesthetic, intellectual and spiritual development of individuals and their community, and should be made available to people of diverse ages, abilities and means. One of the aims of the festival is to introduce new audiences, especially young people, to the classical music. Therefore, the festival dedicates a very special and versatile programme of education and performances for the young public.
  • This year’s events will take place Tuesday May 3rd at
    • 11:00am (11.00h) — Morning concert with the Strings Workshop
      Concert with young violinists of the “Strings Workshop” under the direction of Matheos Kariolou.& No. 8232; It is a concert for children performed by children and organized in collaboration with the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.
    • 6:00pm (18.00h), Film screening — “Rhythm is it!” (2004)
      This film documents one of the most elaborate and ambitious education projects of the Berlin Philharmonic: Igor Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps” (The Rite of Spring), a dance spectacle bringing together 250 Berlin children and young people from 25 nations and very different social backgrounds, who up until this point have had no contact with either classical music or one another.
  • For more details please visit the festival’s website at


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  • In order of appearance
    • Christian Euler, viola
    • Denise Benda, piano
    • Daniel Haefliger, violoncello
    • Janne Rättyä, accordion & bandonéon
    • Matheos Kariolou, violin
    • The Strings Workshop
  • Rialto Theatre Limassol
    P. O.Box 50332
    Andrea Drousioti 19
    Platia Iroon 3603 Limassol, Cyprus


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