The first Festival of its kind to
have been inaugurated in Cyprus, in 2009, the International Pharos
Contemporary Music Festival has established itself as one of the most
innovative and cutting-edge annual music events in the Eastern
Mediterranean. The Festival is dedicated to the promotion of new music: The
well-established masterpieces of the contemporary music literature of the
20th century as well as new works by the younger generation of composers.
The Festival has so far presented hundreds of Cyprus premieres as well as a
great number of world premieres by composers who have been especially
commissioned by the Foundation to write new pieces for the occasion.
The Festival is rooted in the Pharos Arts Foundation’s deep commitment to
music creativity and innovation. Pharos has been the first exponent of
contemporary music in Cyprus, having identified important and hugely
talented young Cypriot composers and commissioning them to write new works,
which were subsequently premiered in Nicosia by international ensembles.
Examples include, Réflexions by Vassos Nicolaou, which was
premiered by Ensemble intercontemporain; et in terra by Yiannis
Kyriakides, which was premiered by the London Sinfonietta; Echopraxia
by Evis Sammoutis, which was premiered by Ensemble Modern, and went on
to win the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and the prestigious Irino Prize.
The International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival, under the artistic
direction of Evis Sammoutis, aims to provide a forum for composers and
performers to advance and develop new projects and explore new sound worlds
in chamber music settings. Its objective is also to endorse contemporary
music to the general audience of Cyprus, and elsewhere, as this is the music
of our times it is directly linked with many forms of visual and creative
arts, and sciences, and reflects the intimacy of the modern-day human
spirit. As part of the Festival's activities, a number of educational events
are organised such as master-classes for young Cypriot instrumentalists and
workshops for young composers.
Click here to read more about the International Pharos
Contemporary Music Festival’s exciting history.