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Music on Samos


Music flows across the sea – this was the motto of the 2012 Samos Young Artists Festival.

Various ensembles from Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and the USA performed works from the classic and romantic eras as well as contemporary compositions from the homelands of the musicians. At the end of the festival, all of the performers appeared together and improvised on Greek folksongs and themes by selected composers who had anniversaries in 2012.

A musical encounter without borders – ideas, sounds and experiences "flowed" across the sea while simultaneously bringing artists from different cultures together on Samos.

Konstantia Gourzi
Artistic Direction 2012


Monday, August 6th 2012

Beginning at 8:30 pm

Opening Concert
Ross Daly Quartet - Great Britain/Greece/Turkey

with Ross Daly, Kelly Thomas (lyra), Periklis Papapetropoulos (Lazta/Saz) and Muhittin Temel (kanun)

"contemporary modal compositions"
Ross Daly (*1952)

Earpigon (1991)

Kürdi Aşiran Saz Semâi (2010)

Kürdilihicazkâr Yürük Semâi (2010)

Hicaz Maqsum (1994)

Muhittin Temel (*1980)


Ross Daly

Acemkürdi (2007)

Güldeste Saz Semâi (2012)

Müstear Saz Semâi (2011)

Kelly Thoma (*1978)

The Dancing Owl (2009)

Ross Daly

Neveser 14 (2011)

Synkathistos (2010)

Makrinitsa (1993)

Tuesday, August 7th 2012

Beginning at 8:30 pm

Trio Blik – Reykjavík/Berlin (Iceland/Germany)

with Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir (soprano), Freyja Gunnlaugsdóttir (clarinet) and Daniela Hlinková (piano)

"music poetry"

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Zwei Gesänge op. 91

Gestillte Sehnsucht

Die ihr schwebet

Louis Spohr (1784-1859)

Sechs Deutsche Lieder op. 103

Sei still mein Herz




Das heimliche Lied

Wach auf

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Ich schleiche still und bange

Romanze aus "Die Verschworenen"

Atli Heimir Sveinsson (*1938)

Vier Lieder von Jónas Hallgrímsson

Ferðalok – Journey's end

Dalvísa – song of the valley

Vovísa – spring song

Illur lækur – A mischievous creek

Jón Ásgeirsson (*1929)

Hjá Lygnri móðu – At the calm river

Helgi R. Einarsson (*1949)

Margur er skauð – Some are coward

Gunnar Reynir Sveinsson (1933-2008)


Sigfús Einarsson (1877-1938)

Draumalandið – The land of dreams

Oddgeir Kristjánsson (1911-1966)

Ég veit þú kemur – I know you will come tonight

Sólbrúnir vangar – sunny cheeks

Ási í Bæ (1914-1985)

Ó komdu kær – come my darling

Wednesday, August 8th 2012

Beginning at 8:30 pm

Meitar Ensemble - Tel Aviv (Israel)

with Gilad Harel (clarinet), Moshe Ahronov and Carmel Raz (violins), Itamar Avraham Ringel (viola), Jonathan Gotlibovich (cello) and Amit Dolberg (piano)

"about romance, love and desires"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Clarinet Quintet in A Major KV581 (1789)



Minuet – Trio I – Trio II

Allegretto con Variazioni

Yinam Leef (*1953)

Triptych: homage to O. Partos

for clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello and piano (1997)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Piano Quintet in F minor op. 34 (1864)

Allegro non troppo

Andante, un poco adagio

Scherzo: Allegro

Finale: Poco sostenuto – Allegro non troppo – Presto, non troppo

Thursday, August 9th 2012

Beginning at 8:30 pm

Nikos Skalkottas Ensemble - Athens (Greece)

with Eleni Voudouraki (mezzo-soprano), Yannis Samprovalakis (clarinet), Angela Yannaki (viola) and Stefanos Nassos (piano)

"classical beauty"

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Stories)

for clarinet, viola and piano, op. 132 (1853)

Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell

Lebhaft und sehr markiert

Ruhiges Tempo, mit zartem Ausdruck

Lebhaft, sehr markiert

Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)

Beauty Haunts the Woods, for mezzosoprano,

clarinet and piano (1934)

Manolis Kalomiris (1883-1962)

Tetrasticha for voice and viola (1943)

On verses by Kostis Palamas

Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)

Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale

for clarinet and viola (1941)

Gordon Jacob (1895-1984)

From Three Songs for soprano, voice and clarinet (1931)

Flow my tears

George Couroupos (*1942)

O lasciatemi (1993)

A. Scarlatti, A. Caldara, G. Paisiello, G. Caccini, F. Gasparini and G.G. Carissimi.

Arie antiche by A. Scarlatti, A. Caldara, G. Paisiello, G. Caccini, F. Gasparini and G.G. Carissimi.


Friday, August 10th 2012

Beginning at 8:30 pm

Manhattan School of Music Chamber Ensemble - New York City (USA) 

with Tema Watstein (violin), Meaghan Burke (cello) and Christopher Goddard (piano)

"American sounds"

George Gerswhin (1898-1937)

Three Preludes for Piano (1926)

George Rochberg (1918-2005)

Duo Concertante for violin and cello (1959)

Michael Gordon (*1956)

Industry for solo cello (1993)

Marjorie Merryman (*1951)

Echo for piano trio (2009)

Mario Davidovsky (*1934)

Synchronisms No. 9 for violin and tape (1988)

Morton Feldman (1926-1987)

Last Pieces for solo piano (1959)

Paul Schönfeld (*1947)

Café Music for piano Trio (1986)

Saturday, August 11th 2012

Beginning at 8:30 pm

Istanbul Wind Ensemble - Istanbul (Turkey)

with Elif Yurdakul Baykurt (flute), Seyit Mas (oboe), Ecesu Sertesen (clarinet), Mert Kutluğ (bassoon) and Tuna Erten (french horn)

"chamber music breezes from a brotherly country"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Die Zauberflöte, ouverture KV 620, (arr. by Joachim Linckelmann)

Adagio, Allegro, Adagio, Allegro

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1791)Il barbiere di Siviglia, ouverture, (arr. by Joachim Linckelmann)

Andante maestoso, Allegro vivace, Piu mosso

Giulio Briccialdi (1818-1881)

Potpourri fantastico sul Barbiere di siviglia del Rossini

Allegro, andante, allegro moderato, andante sostenuto, allegro, presto

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)

Wind quintett op.43

Allegro ben moderato, Menuet, Tema con variazione, un poco andantino

Ferenc Farkas (1905-2000)

Early Hungarian Dances from the 17th century, for wind quintet

Intrada, Allegro moderato, Lento, Slow dance (Lassu), moderato maestoso

Danza Delle Scapole, allegro (quasi scherzo)

Chorea, moderato

Saltarello (Leaping Dance – Ugros), allegro

Fazıl Say (*1970)

Alevi Dedeler Rakı Masasında' op.35

Andante tranquillo, presto fantastico

Andante tranquillo, moderato ‚ironique'

Andantino, un poco piu mosso

Presto, andantino

Sunday, August 12th 2012

Beginning at 8:30 pm

Final concert
Jazz "Trio Footprints" - Munich (Germany)

with Veronika Zunhammer (vocal), Christian Elsässer (piano), Matthieu Bordenave (tenor saxophone) and final concert with all musicians.

"music flows across the sea"

Fred Hersch (*1955)

Song of life (Text by Norma Winstone)

Veronika Zunhammer (*1985)

Fly to a peaceful song

Und dann is' doch wieder nix'



Chick Corea (*1941)

Sea Journey

Veronika Zunhammer (*1985)

Ein Tanzlied

Song for my brother


Henry Mancini (*1924)

Two for the road

Compositions by Veronika Zunhammer and improvisations to Greek folk songs and themes of selected international composers having an anniversary in 2012 will be performed together.