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9th Saronic Chamber Music Festival

The Saronic Chamber Music Festival, an International Music Meeting on the Saronic Islands, takes place from 31st July to 4th August 2019.

The Saronic Chamber Music Festival, now widely acknowledged as an outstanding musical institution, has presented exceptional international musicians combining to perform the core classical chamber music repertoire for nine consecutive years. The ensemble has developed a faithful audience of locals and music lovers from across Europe, attracted by the youthful and committed performances of this passionate ensemble of musical friends.

From July 31st to August 4th world-renowned musicians, including Concertmaster ofthe Metropolitan Opera, New York, Benjamin Bowman, will perform five concerts in the inspirational environs of the Saronic Islands. The repertoire will include major works of Mozart, Schumann, Dvorak, Schubert, Brahms andthe Greek composer, Nikos Skalkottas.

The Festival welcomes Mr Βowman for the sixth time along with first time participants, Αndrew Joyce, Principal Cello of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Kana Sugimura, an international competition winner and a much in demand chamber musician for festivals around the world.

Regular guest artists of the Saronic Festival include: Finnish violinist,Sini Simonen, leader of the Castalian String Quartet and the Calvino Piano Trio; the Israeli-born pianist,Noam Greenberg, one of the UK’s leading chamber music pianists and Artistic Director of Music Festival at Tresanton; the cellist, Julian Arp, Principal Cello of O/Modernt chamber orchestra and Professor of Cello at the University for Arts in Graz.

This year's program includes the famous second piano trio of Franz Schubert, the masterly but rarely performed Piano Trio No. 3,Op. 110 of Robert Schumann; the much-loved String Sextet,Op. 36 of Johannes Brahms; the late String Quintet in D of W.A. Mozart; the string quartetknown as the"American" by Antonin Dvorak and the Duo for Violin and Viola by Nikos Skalkottas, honoring 70 years since the composer's death. The program is a celebration of the diversity within the classical repertoire, with concerts that promise to be a nourishing experience for anyone with a small amount of curiosity to attend. This is a Festival that nurtures an informal atmosphere open to all and free to young people under 18 and is an opportunity to hear chamber music at the very highest level.

The 2019 Saronic Chamber Music Festival is made possible by the generous support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens and receives the full backing of the municipalities of Hydra, Poros and Trizinias-Methana. The Hydra series is sponsored by Mr Hercules Kontos in memory of his wife, Therese Kontos, a lover of music.

For more information, please visit the official site of the Saronic Chamber Music Festival.

9th Saronic Chamber Music Festival

31/07/2019 - 04/08/2019

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Dates: 31st July -4th August 2019 Location: Hydra, Poros, Methana, Galatas

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