VOICE & PIANO RECITAL
MARGARITA ELIA (SOPRANO) & MANOLIS NEOPHYTOU (PIANO) DUO PERFORMS AT THE COMMANDARIA ORCHESTRA & FRIENDS CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT SERIES
Friday October 24th, 2014
Knight's Courtyard - Cyprus Wine Museum
At 8:00 pm
Ticket: 5.00 euro
The soprano Margarita has performed with a number of renowned orchestras, such as the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Kibbutz Orchestra and the New Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel, the Moscow Virtuosi, the Radom Camerata in Poland, while also the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in chamber music festivals in Korea, Hungary and Cyprus and has given concerts in Israel, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Cyprus, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico. Her repertoire embraces the opera, singing (Lied) and the oratorio in a range of compositions from the Middle Ages until the present day.
A soloist in world premieres of contemporary works, she has repeatedly appeared on recordings for radio and television in Cyprus, Greece and Hungary. Her operatic appearances include: Queen of the Night in Mozart's Magic Flute - Fire and Nightingale in Ravel's opera - The Child and the Magic - and the leading role of Caterina Cornaro by Ntonitzeti.
As soloist she has appeared even in the leading role in the world premiere of the work Aphrodite Kyprogenia by Faidros Kavallaris in Paris, in recitals in Moscow and Madeira, at the world premiere of the Requiem Domesticus Carlos Alberto Vasquez in Puerto Rico, in solo performances at the 1st International Festival of Contemporary music ‘Lighthouse’ (April 2009) and the first International Festival of Contemporary music ‘Avaton’ (Limassol, 2010) and at world premieres at the International Symposium Alfred Schnittke in London.
Manolis Neophytou is a graduate of the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Moscow - where he studied on a scholarship from the Foundation Nicolas Economou - and of the School of Specialized Music of Moscow for young talents, where he studied with Prof. Rudolf Kehrer. In 2002 he attended the postgraduate program of the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris with a scholarship from the Foundation Albert Roussel. In 2004 he was awarded the title of Master of Music in Performance and Related Studies from the University of London, where he studied on a scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece, having obtained the highest score - 20/20 – on the Foundation’s exams.
He began piano lessons in Limassol at the age of seven with Dr. Nefen Miachaelidou and at the age of eleven he left for Moscow.Manolis represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Classical Contests in Brussels (1992), Warsaw (1994) and Lisbon (1996) after winning the Cyprus National Competitions for young musicians. He has received prizes in several piano competitions: the Fourth Prize at Senegallia International Piano Competition (Italy, 1994), the First Prize at the Inter-Mediterranean Music Festival (Palermo, Italy, 1995) and the Second Prize at the Giorgos Thimis Piano Competition (Megaron Mousikis of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2002).
His performance activities include solo recitals and concerts in the United Kingdom, Greece, Cprus, Russia, Poland, Italy, France and Ireland and has collaborated as soloist with many orchestras, such as the Cyprus State Orchestra, the Thessalonica State Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Rostov (Russia), the Symphony Orchestra Tsiestachova (Poland), the Chamber Orchestra of Palermo (Italy). He also participated in the Athens Festival - Epidaurus Festival 2009.
In 2004 he published his first solo album entitled The Greek song through a piano.
He is currently teaching piano at the Music Lyceum in Limassol and the European University of Cyprus.
S. Rachmaninoff, D.Shostakovich and J.Brahms
C. Debussy, G. Faure, F. Schubert, A. Guy