OCTOBER 7 - 13, 2011
By Saskia Constantinou
SASKIA’S CHOICE 73
AROUND THE WORLD
• 18-year-old Australian violinist Kana Ohashi has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Dorcas McLean Travelling Scholarship. The bi-annual bursary is one of Australia’s major instrumental development prizes and carries a AU$40,000 cash prize. This month, the teenager will begin the scholarship programme at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. • The recent riots in the United Kingdom hit the ﬂautist Carla Rees very hard. Her home, just outside of London in Croydon was one of the many which was destroyed by ﬁres. She was not there at the time and in addition to being homeless, has lost everything including her instruments and music. She was further devastated by the death too, of her two cats. • Donald Runnicles’ contract as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will continue until 2015. The Scottish conductor ﬁrst worked with the orchestra in 2001 and took up the Chief Conductor appointment in 2009. Runnicles reafﬁrmed his dedication to symphonic music, both core and contemporary which is a versatility particularly valuable to the BBC SSO. He is also the General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival and Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded the OBE in 2004. Runnicles said: “Each time I rejoin this remarkable orchestra, I am struck and delighted by their extraordinary passion and commitment. It is not a gift they give only to me; they share their infectious enthusiasm with our artistic partners, our guests and above all they show it through the respect they give each other. I am honoured and happy to renew our association and to build on the foundation we began laying just two seasons ago.” Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Gavin Reid said: “Since Donald began collaborating with the BBC SSO he has brought nothing less than inspirational musical leadership so to say I am thrilled that he will be with us until 2015 is something of an understatement.”
Timotheos says Olé!
The Pharos Arts Foundation continues its Cyprus Artists Series on Thursday October 13 with a recital by exciting young Cypriot guitarist Timotheos Stylianides at the Shoe Factory in Nicosia.
orn in Cyprus in 1982, Timotheos Stylianides had his first guitar lessons at the age of eleven and continued his tertiary education at the University of Hull where he focused on Performance, Composition, Orchestra and Psychology. His postgraduate studies took him to the Royal Welsh College of Music where he worked with the renowned John Mills. In 2006, he was the recipient of the John Mills Guitar Prize. Spain and guitar music is synonymous so it was a natural progression for Stylianides to be part of the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid where he worked with Jose Luis Rodrigo. His programme at the Shoe Factory will incorporate Spanish guitar music with great composers including de Falla, Rodrigo, Koshkin and TrilloFigueroa amongst others. The history dates back to the Renaissance when the lute was the favourite instrument of Western Europe. In Spain however, it was overshadowed by the guitar. There were two types of guitar, the vihuela played for court occasions and the guitarra for more ‘ordinary’ people. By the 17th century, when guitars were used in France, Germany and Italy, the instruments were referred to as Spanish Guitars with Louis XIV even taking lessons. The 6-string guitar soon became standard throughout Europe but it was in Spain where guitarists were challenged with virtuosic music
through the compositions of Sor. He was not only a gifted performer and showman, but also a diligent composer and transcribed many works for the guitar. These transcriptions, like those of Liszt for piano works, encouraged others to write expressly for the instrument as Rossini did in his opera Barber of Seville and Verdi in Otello. Once the guitar had become a solo instrument in the concert hall, Spanish composers Tor-
res and Tarrega collaborated with guitarist Julian Arcos to increase the size of the instrument and redesigned the entire internal structure of the sound box which improved its tone and raised the volume. Special emphasis was not only placed on the design, but also on playing techniques. In fact, Tarrega’s innovations have become a methodology which covers proper positioning of the guitar on the left knee, hand placement, proce-
dures of plucking the strings and mast and effective use of the right hand. One of the greatest composers of the 20th century who borrowed heavily from Spanish folkloric traditions was Joaquin Rodrigo best known for his Concierto de Aranjuez. Born in Valencia in 1901, Rodrigo was blinded at an early age due to a diphtheria epidemic and always maintained that this was perhaps a stroke of ‘luck’ as it allowed him to be totally involved in music in a way which might not have been possible otherwise. While studying in Paris with Dukas, Rodrigo met and befriended Manuel de Falla in a friendship which lasted until Falla’s death in 1946. De Falla was a great supporter and championed Rodrigo’s music. It was at the same time that he met and married the Turkish pianist Victoria Kamhi, a marriage which lasted until her death in 1997. It was due the success of his Aranjuez Concerto (written 1939) that he was persuaded to write for other famous guitarists such as Segovia and Pepe Romero. Rodrigo made the classical guitar shine, and gave it more credibility as a true instrument. By the time of his death in 1999, he had received over twenty awards, medals and honorary doctorates for his services to music. Stylianides has performed in concerts throughout Croatia, Germany, Serbia, Spain and the UK and is looking forward to his Nicosia performance. A concert not to be missed.
The love story between Maria DON’ Callas and Aristotle Onassis has T M I SS been transformed into a romantic IT ballet, Sorceress Maria Callas by choreographer Liliya Sabitova of the Moscowia Ballet which will be presented b 7. at the Limassol Garden Theatre on October 7 Performances begin at 8.30pm. As part of the Pharos Arts Foundation’s Cyprus Artists Series, guitarist Timotheos Stylianides will give a recital on Thursday, October 13 at the Shoe Factory, Nicosia at 8.30pm comprising works by de Falla, Rodrigo, Koshkin and Trillo-Figueroa. Book online at www.pharostickets. org or call 7000 9304.
The Romantic Piano – a recital by American pianist Uri Uriel Tsachor at Castelliotissa, Nicosia on October 21 at 8.30 8.30. A programme of Schumann and Brahms not to be mis missed. Vas Vasilios Avraam and Angeliki Preza will be giving a concert on October 15 at the Potenzia del’arte-Fame at 6pm. The programme will include works by von Weber, Piazzolla, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Liszt and Rodrigo. All tickets for the above events are available online from www.cyprus-tickets.com and by calling Monday to Saturday on 7000 9303 between 9.30 and 11.30 ONLY. Cyprus Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is titled
Aimez-Vous Brahms and Win 2 tick will take place ets to the recital of American on October pianist Ar iel Tsacho Send an e 12, 13 and 14 r. mail statin g: what tw great com in Larnaca, o posers wil l be on the programm Nicosia e – saskia @cytanet. and Paphos com.cy e respectively. The programme will eat comprise two great s works of Brahms – The Piano Concerto No 2 and the Symphony No 3. The soloist will be Andreas Boyde with Ayis Ioannides on the podium.