Art SpacePythagorion

Programm 2019

The Schwarz Foundation is happy to invite you to the 10th Samos Young Artists Festival.

In February 2019 "Samos Young Artists Festival" was honoured with the award of the Best Cultural Organisation active in regions of the Periphery by the Awards Committee of the Greek Theater and Music Critics Union.


From August 7th until August 13th, internationally renowned artists and young rising stars from Germany, Greece, Georgia, France, Turkey, the U.S., Russia, and China meet on the Aegean island to perform seven open-air concerts in the Ancient Theatre of Pythagorion.
Alongside the artists, the audience is invited to be inspired by the lightness of the Greek summer, the historical significance of the location, and the beauty of the music.
The Festival's artistic directors, the pianist Masha Ilyashov and the cellist Alexis Karaiskakis-Nastos created this year's programme as a musical journey bridging cultural and national divides. The repertoire ranges from 18th- and 19th-century European classics through to Italian Baroque music, contemporary-music creations to traditional sounds of the Mediterranean. 

- Masha Ilyashov und Alexis Karaiskakis-Nastos, Künstlerische Leitung 2019

Wednesday, August 7
Ventus Ensemble – Lenia SafiropoulouFor the lost children of our time

Lenia Safiropoulou, soprano
Othonas Gogas, flute
Yiannis Economou, oboe
Yiannis Gounaris French, horn
Kostas Tzekos, clarinet
Dimitris Travlos, cello
Ali Basegmezler, viola
Ilias Livieratos, violin

This concert is a tribute to all the refugee children lost trying to cross the border seeking a better life. The rest of the programme (Hans Gàl and Respighi) symbolises hope, and the European culture the festival stands for.

Thursday, August 8
Trio ZadigMusic by Skalkottas, Schönberg and Tchaikovsky

Boris Borgolotto, violin
Marc Girard-Garcia, cello
Ian Barber, piano

Friday, August 9
Piano Evening

Music of Chopin, Liszt and Mussorgsky

Dominic Cheli, piano
Saturday, August 10
Power of Virtuosity

music of Turina, Beethoven, Enescu and Ravel 

Jonian-Ilias Kadesha, violin
Martin Klett, piano

Sunday, August 11
Ex Silentio
"Harmony of Nations"
Baroque Chamber music concert including works By Telemann, Vivaldi and Corelli

Dimitris Kountouras, recorder and flute
Fani Vovoni, baroque violin
Darius Stabinskas, baroque cello
Alina Rotaru, cembalo

Monday, August 12
Best of song and operaMusic of Schumann, Mendelsson-Bartholdy, Schubert and Strauss

Lydia Teuscher-Bastian, soprano
Geoffrey Couteau, piano

Tuesday, August 13
Cuarteto Sol Tango
Sin Palabras

Martin Klett, piano
Karel Bredenhorst, cello
Thomas Reif, violin
Andreas Rokseth, bandoneon
Leonel Capitano, voice

Music from the Golden Age of Tango by Aníbal Troilo, Juan D'Arienzo, Lucio Demare, Osvaldo Pugliese, Horacio Salgán and ot


The Schwarz Foundation is pleased to share the news that


on February 18, 2019, the Samos Young Artists Festival was awarded the prize 'given to a musical cultural organisation; active in the periphery, for its continuous support to young international musicians and the quality of programme, events & organisation on Samos.


We are expressing our gratitude and thankfulness to the Greek Drama and Music Critics Association with a video using footage from previous years.

Congratulations are due to all the participating musicians and the musical directors Alexis Karaiskakis Nastos & Masha Ilyashov.