Monday, 13 June 2016 09:21

On Europe’s big stage

Yiannis Georgiou at the Gasteig in Munich Yiannis Georgiou at the Gasteig in Munich

Cypriot classical music performers appearing abroad and bringing classical music closer to the people in Cyprus are equally important according to pianist Yiannis Georgiou. The musician does both very well. He has recently performed in one of Germany’s most renowned cultural centres, the ‘Gasteig’ in Munich.

In an event entitled ‘Cypriot Spring’ organised by the Cyprus Embassy in Berlin and the Cultural Department of the Consulate in Munich, Georgiou treated a welcoming audience to the Cypriot composer Nicolas Economou’s (1953 – 1993) playful Children studie reminding of Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

A review commented on Georgiou’s humility and pleasant demeanour on stage, displayed as he focused on what he does best – letting his playing do the talking. Also performing was Cyprus soprano Chryso Makariou with a homage to Aphrodite in Mozart’s work.

The Limassol pianist Yiannis Georgiou spent his childhood in both Cyprus and England, where he attended the Royal College of Music and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Later, he continued his studies in Moscow, at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, graduating with the Aspirant Diploma making him the only Cypriot to have received this award. Georgiou still has a strong affinity with Russian culture and music and speaks fluent Russian.

The musician has been living in Cyprus continuously since 2004 and performs regularly at Limassol’s Rialto Theatre and has given solo performances in the UK, Greece, Spain, and Switzerland.

Enormous talent in Cyprus

“There is a lot happening on our island, too, there is enormous talent,” says Georgiou. However, he feels there is room for improvement when it comes to the number of people who seek culture, the number of venues and the quality of what is on offer. “An artist should produce magic. The right venue and the audience can assist in that and together they create true enchantment.” He finds Limassol wonderfully multicultural with many nationalities who are culture seekers. “With venues such as the Rialto attracting very diverse audiences, there is hope that this trend will continue.”

Georgiou has a busy 2017 ahead, with solo programmes, chamber music and more travelling. “I enjoy travelling. It is an amazing feeling to come in contact with new audiences and to experience the chemistry I feel as I establish this connection between the music, the composer and myself with the audience.”

The pianist says he is unable to live without music and is driven by the desire to perform. He loves taking his work to as many places as possible to experience the fresh new surroundings. “In a small way, I represent Cyprus as I am based on the island and influenced by it and I look forward to bringing more classical music to audiences here and abroad,” concludes the pianist.

More information about Yiannis Georgiou can be found at www.yiannisgeorgiou.co.uk 

Article as published in The Cyprus Weekly of June 10th 2016.

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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