Concert & Recital Series
The Pharos Arts Foundation organises a number of concerts throughout the
year, inviting many of the world's most renowned soloists and ensembles to
perform in Cyprus as part of its internationally acclaimed annual Concert
and Recital Series. The Foundation's commitment to music excellence has
given the opportunity to local audiences to experience concerts and recitals
covering a wide range of repertoire ranging from early baroque to modern
20th century, as well as premieres of newly-commissioned works by Cypriot
and international composers.
Over the past fifteen years, the Pharos Arts Foundation has organised
hundreds of concerts and recitals. Audiences have enjoyed performances by
illustrious ensembles and orchestras such as the London Sinfonietta, the
Akademie fűr Alte Musik Berlin, Le Concert Spirituel, Academy of St Martin
in the Fields, Academy of Ancient Music, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble
Intercontemporain, and recitals by soloists such as pianist Grigory Sokolov,
violinists Joshua Bell and Leonidas Kavakos, cellists Steven Isserlis and
Natalia Gutman, and soprano Emma Kirby, to name but a few.
Part of the Pharos Arts Foundation's mission has also been to support and
promote talented Cypriot composers at the beginning of their career,
providing opportunities for world premieres of their works, especially
commissioned by the Pharos Arts Foundation, to be performed by orchestras
and ensembles of worldwide reputation. These include the world premiere of
Vassos Nicolaou's work Kimata by the London Sinfonietta in 2003 as well as
the world premiere of Evis Sammoutis's work Echopraxia in May 2006 by the
Ensemble Modern, one of the world's leading ensembles of modern music.
In 2007, the Pharos Arts Foundation inaugurated The Cyprus Artists Series
which is presented concurrently with the Concert and Recital Series, and it
is dedicated to the promotion and support of young leading musicians of
Cypriot ancestry, as well as musicians residing and pursuing a career in
Cyprus. The Series is also committed to the support of Cypriot composers and
features premieres of commissioned new works.