The 4th International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival
Sunday 9 September 2012
The Olive Grove, Delikipos / 8:30pm
Arirang Wind Quintet
Leonie Wolters / flute
Jörg Schneider / oboe
Steffen Dillner / clarinet
Sebastian Schindler / horn
Christoph Knitt / bassoon
& Marios Nicolaou / percussion
Established ten years ago, the Arirang-Quintett stems from the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie –one of the leading German orchestras of our time, which has also fostered the creation of new chamber music ensembles. The orchestra encompasses over 100 of the best international musicians, chosen from the 25000 students in the 24 German music conservatories. The orchestra´s high performance standards are insured through rigid auditions.
Arirang-Quintett’s repertoire comprises classical, romantic as well as contemporary, including several works that are given their world premiere by the Quintet. After a successful debut in the Bochum theatre, the Arirang-Quintett was selected by Jeunesses Musicales Germany out of many chamber music ensembles, to represent Germany in the International Showcase of Young Musicians 2004 in Croatia. Performances have included the Northern Lights Festival / Tromsø, Semanas
Musicales de Frutillar /Chile, the Vendsyssel Festival in Denmark, the Bach Fest Leipzig, and the Festival Aix-en-Provence.
Having been awarded 2nd prize in the International Chamber Music Competition Schwerin in 2004, the Arirang-Quintett was invited on a concert tour to Vienna, Brünn and Prague (Prague Spring Festival). In 2005 the Quintet was awarded 2nd prize in the International Wind Quintet Competition Henri Tomasi in Marseille and a 2nd prize in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. After a successful participation in the German Music Competition in 2007, Arirang-Quintett became a scholarship-winner of the Deutscher Musikrat.
Having received an invitation by the Goethe-Institute the Quintet has given concerts in North and South America, Pakistan, Yemenia, Latvia, Angola, India, Dubai, Kuwait and Azerbaijan. The members of the Arirang-Quintett are also members of the major symphony orchestras in Germany and Switzerland.
Marios Nicolaou was born in Limassol in 1974. He studied at the Athens Conservatory (class of D. Marinakis) and at the Hochschule für Musik Köln with C. Caskel and C. Tarcha and graduated with “Auszeichnung”. He has also worked with P. Sadlo and Rainer Seegers in master classes and private lessons. In 2005 he took part at the International Ensemble Modern Academy (Schwaz/Austria). Marios has been a holder of the “Alexandra Trianti” scholarship of the “Friends of Music Society”.
In 2000 appeared as a soloist on the Timpani with the Cyprus State Orchestra, performing the Concertino for Timpani, Percussion and Strings by A. Panufnik. He has worked with many orchestras in Germany, such as the Gürzenich Orchester - Kölner Philharmoniker, the Neues Rheinisches Kammerοrchester and the Kölner Jugendorchester. Since 2003 he has been collaborating with most of the Greek orchestras (Athens State Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata, Orchestra of colors). As a chamber musician, Marios has worked with H. Lachenmann, P. Eötvös, F. Ollu, D. Bouliane, the Ensemble neue music Koln and the ensemble dissonArt. He took part in festivals such as the Pierre Boulez zum `75 (in Cologne Philharmony) and at the Minimal Music Kassel. Performing the Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion by B. Bartók, he appeared at the Klavier Festival Ruhr. Since 2009 he is a member of the Ergon Ensemble.
Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928 – 2007) Zyklus for solo percussion (1959)
Christian Mason World Premiere
Iannis Xenakis (1922 – 2001) Rebonds for solo percussion (1989)
Peteris Vasks (b. 1946) "Bläserquintett No.2" Music for a Deceased Friend (1982)
Isang Yun (1917 – 1995) Woodwind Quintet (1991)
Gyorgy Ligeti (1923 – 2006) Six Bagatelles for wind quintet (1953)
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Tickets: €20 Adults / €15 Members of the Foundation, Concessions
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