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Friday, August 13

Feast of the Human Voice

In music all instrumentalists refer to the human singing voice as a model. When an instrumentalist seeks a musical answer beyond the composers’ markings and instructions one sings. It is this dialogue between the human voice and many different musical instruments that is explored through this varied program travelling between styles and countries. Instruments from the baroque era interpret Greek 20th century popular music, as well as mystery improvisations bring us closer to the ways of music making of the past. All musicians participating in the last three concerts of the  SYAF 2021 festival, meet on stage guided by the quintessential voice of the countertenor Xavier Sabata. 

Alexis Karaiskakis -Nastos


Works by

W.A.Mozart (1756-1791)
Abendempfindung an Laura

Xavier Sabata countertenor
Alexia Mouza piano

H.Purcell (1659-1695)
Music for a while

Xavier Sabata countertenor
Panos Iliopoulos harpsichord
Jérémie Billet violoncello


F.Cavalli ( 1602-1676)
Intorno all’idolo mio, aria fro the Opera L’Orontea

Xavier Sabata countertenor
Panos Iliopoulos harpsichord
Jérémie Billet violoncello 

Schubert (1797-1828)

Xavier Sabata countertenor 
Alexia Mouza piano

Prélude and Fugue Improvisation

Panos Iliopoulos harpsichord


Manos Hatzidakis (1925-1994)
3 pieces from Megalos Erotikos - from the project Magnus Eroticus
For consort - harpsichord and countertenor

Xavier Sabata countertenor
Panos Iliopoulos harpsichord
L’Achéron Ensemble viola da Gamba

Michael Nyman (1944)
"I'm an unusual thing”

Xavier Sabata countertenor 
Alexia Mouza piano

H.Purcell (1659-1695)
O Solitude

Xavier Sabata countertenor
Panos Iliopoulos harpsichord
Jérémie Billet violoncello 

Arvo Pärt (1935)
Es sang vor langen Jahren

Xavier Sabata countertenor
Léa Hennino viola 


G.F Handel
Già l’ebro mio ciglio
Xavier Sabata countertenor
Panos Iliopoulos harpsichord
Jérémie Billet violoncello
Léa Hennino viola 

Xavier Sabata countertenor 

Catalan countertenor Xavier Sabata trained as an actor at Barcelona
s Institut del Teatre before studying singing at the Escola Superior de Musica Catalunya and at the Musikhochschule, Karlsruhe.
Opera productions have led him to the most distinguished opera houses worldwide including Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Theater an der Wien, Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Wiener Staatsoper...
Sabata's repertoire spans from Cavalli and Monteverdi and the heroes of baroque opera seria to contemporary works. He has appeared with the most prestigious baroque ensambles in Europe and  collaborates regularly with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, René Jacobs, Jordi Savall, Alan Curtis, Andrea Marcon and Ivor Bolton, George Petrou, Pablo-Heras Casado.
He was awarded the Premio Ópera Actual , and the Premi Tendències del Mundo , and was nominated for best male artist at the Internatiol Opera Awards.
His  discography appears  under major labels such as Virgin Classics/EMI , Decca, Sony and Aparté. The Guardian described his disc Bad Guysas ranking among the most intelligent and striking recital discs of recent years.Xavier has a passion for Lied, and has recently recorded Schubert Winterreise.



Panos Iliopoulos harpsichord

Panos Iliopoulos was born in Greece, where he studied piano (with Nikos Tsalikis and Stavros Kollias), music theory and composition (with Konstantinos Nonis and Christos Zerbinos), as well as musicology at the Music Studies Department of the National University of Athens. He subsequently studied composition with Sidney Corbett and piano with Paul Dan at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim, as well as harpsichord and historical keyboard instruments at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (with Menno van Delft, Richard Egarr, Miklós Spanyi and Kris Verhelst). As a composer, arranger and performer he has participated in numerous concerts, festivals and music theatre productions across Europe, e.g. at the Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Greek National Opera, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, National Theatre of Greece, Konzerthaus Vienna, Theater an der Wien, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, collaborating with orchestras and early music ensembles such as the Geneva Camerata, Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Armonia Atenea, the State Orchestra of Athens and the State Symphony Orchestra Thessaloniki, and has been featured in broadcasts and recordings of several state broadcasting corporations, as well as the record labels Etcetera and Passacaille.



Alexia Mouza piano


Alexia Mouza is a Greek-Venezuelan pianist described as a musician with extraordinary energy, clarity and precision.
She won 3rd Prize at Hamamatsu International Piano Competition 2015 and finalist of the Rubinstein International Piano Competition 2021, where she also received the prize for best performer of a Chopin piece.
Winner of the Cittá di Cantú Competition 2005 (and Press Prize), 1st Prize at “Giorgos Thymis” Competition 2008, 2nd Prize at “Val Tidone” Competition 2009, 1st Prize at Delia Steinberg Competition, Madrid, 2015, and 1st Grand prize of Manhattan International Music Competition 2018. Awarded by the Academy of Athens (2015).
Alexia enrolled at the International Piano Academy in Imola, Italy, (Profs. Leonid Margarius and Anna Kravtchenko). Postgraduate studies (Artist Diploma) at the School of Music, Boston University, with Boaz Sharon, with scholarships from the Greek State and Boston University, further enrolled at Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv (Prof. Arie Vardi).
Considered even from her early years as an explosive talent, she has given performances in Europe, Asia and Americas. She has appeared with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, the State Symphony Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki, the State Symphony orchestra Academy of Soloists of Kazakhstan.
She has recorded two DVD/CDs, both released by Domovideo, Multigram, Italy.


Léa Hénnino viola


Léa Hennino performs as a soloist and in chamber music all over the world with renowned artists such as Gérard Caussé, the Modigliani Quartet, Edgar Moreau, Alina Pogotskina, Clemens Hagen, Marc Coppey, Anne Queffelec, Marie-Josephe Jude, Alena Baeva, Adam Laloum, Emmanuel Pahud, Renaud Capucon, Eric Lesage...
She performed Martinü's concerto-rhapsody in the Czech Republic and Mozart's symphony concertante with Toulouse Chamber Orchestra. She was also the solo viola in Strauss' Don Quixote with Orchestre de Picardie.
She is also regularly invited as solo viola in orchestras, notably with the ensemble Les Dissonances and can be heard on the disc Nuits with the quintet IGiardini and Véronique Gens (selected at the Victoires de la Musique 2021) and on the disc of Camille Pépin Chamber Music (Choc Classica 2019, France Musique's choice).
Prize winner of the CNSM in Paris, Léa has taken part in international academies in Europe and the USA and has performed in various ensembles during concerts and master classes with great masters. She studied with Nobuko Imai in Geneva and Lawrence Power in Zurich, won prizes in national and international competitions and was awarded by several foundations.



Jérémie Billet violoncello


Jérémie BILLET was born in 1988 in Orleans (France). He began taking cello and chamber music classes with Xavier GAGNEPAIN and Hortense CARTIER-BRESSON at the CRR of Boulogne-Billancourt.
Jérémie then studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris in Jérôme PERNOO’s cello class. He earned his Masters Diploma in 2013 with the highest distinction awarded with full marks and congratulations from the jury. He also deepened his artistic knowledge with Claire DESERT, Marc COPPEY and Bertrand CHAMAYOU.
Jérémie has performed in several concerts halls such as Salle Cortot, Salle Pleyel, Cité de la Musique, Salle Gaveau etc. He has also performed at major French and international music festivals : la Roque d’Anthéron, Avignon, Saint-Denis, the Messiaen festival, the Amsterdam « cello biennales », the international festival of modern and contemporary music of Traiettorie and also « La Folle Journée de Nantes » France & Japan etc.
In constant pursuit of diversifying his artistic practice, Jérémie has also participated in various productions in partnership with actors and dancers and was thrilled to perform several works written for him by contemporary composers.
Jérémie’s numerous performances outside France include stages in Italy, Spain, Russia, Lebanon, Switzerland, England, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan.
Jérémie has been invited on numerous occasions to perform with the renowned chamber ensemble "La Folle Journée Camerata" created by René MARTIN.
In 2015, Jérémie joins the ensemble « Centre de musique de chambre de Paris », which aims to promote chamber music by changing the perception of the ‘Concert’. Jérémie obtained his master's degree in pedagogy in 2016. 
Jérémie currently plays a cello made for him by Franck Ravatin with the support of the Meyer Foundation.



L’Achéron ensemble:

©Jean-Baptiste Millot

Sarah van Oudenhove viola da Gamba

From when she was six years old, Sarah began the viola da gamba in the class of Christian Sala at the Conservatory of Perpignan. In 1995, she joined the class of Coen Engelhard at the Toulouse Conservatory, and in 2003 the class of Marianne Muller at Lyon’s Conservatory where she graduated in 2008. She has participated in many workshops and master’s classes with the greatest of Early Music: Jérôme Hantai, Wieland Kuijken, Christophe Coin and Jordi Savall.
Today she performs and records regularly with ensembles such as l’Achéron, les Sonadori, La Chapelle Rhénane, le Poème Harmonique, Clématis, L’ensemble Gilles Binchois, La Capella Mediterranea, Namur Chamber Choir.


Aude-Marie Piloz viola da Gamba

Aude-Marie Piloz began her cello lessons at the age of six.Her taste for early music and a decisive encounter with Nima Ben David led her naturally to the viola da gamba, which she studied at the conservatory CRR of Boulogne-Billancourt. In parallel, she attended the "Formation SupÈrieure aux MÈtiers du Son" of the CNSMDP and then worked as a sound engineer and music producer (Virgin Classics, Sony, NaÔve, Paraty, Eurydice, Psalmus) or live broadcasts of concerts and operas (Orchestre de Paris, Festival d'art lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, Festival de Verbier, Rencontres Musicales d'Evian, OpÈra National de Paris, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National de Lille...) for Radio Classique, Mezzo, France TÈlÈvision, Medici TV or Arte Concerts.
As a violist, she founded in 2015, with Marie Favier and Francisco Manalich, the ensemble "Comet Musicke" that can be eared today in Radio France Montpellier Occitanie Festival, Voix et Routes Romanes, Sinfonia en PÈrigord, Sarrebourg, Simiane-la-Rotonde, Petit Festival - Son ar Mein, ... Aude-Marie also performs regularly with the ensembles HÈmiolia, Faenza, l'AchÈron, la Bellezza, le Concert des PlanËtes, Il Festino, ...


François Joubert-Caillet viola da Gamba

1st Prize and Public’s Award winner at the Bruges International Chamber Music Competition, François Joubert-Caillet studied with Paolo Pandolfo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basle, Switzerland).
After concerts with numerous formations and recordings for the labels Ricercar, Harmonia Mundi, Ambronay, K617, ZigZag Territoires, Arcana, Winter & Winter, Aparté, Glossa, Sony, Naïve, etc., he founded L’Achéron in 2009 which he leads on the European scenes of Saintes, Ambronay, Utrecht, Paris, Bruxelles, Athènes, Bâle, Sablé, Regensburg, Lausanne, Warsaw, Timisoara, Vilnius, Malte, etc. in several formations from the viol recital to the orchestra, or in viol consort.
François Joubert-Caillet records for the label Ricercar where he published a dozen of CDs. Willing to put in light little known composers (Johannes Schenck, Anthony Holborne, Samuel Scheidt, Orlando Gibbons, Johann Bernhard Bach, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach), he also invites to listen better to an already known composer, Marin Marais, whom he records the complete viol works since 2014 (5 Books, over 600 pieces, about 20 CDs). These recordings were awarded with Diapason d’Or, Choc de Classica or Echo Klassik.
François Joubert-Caillet is today a key musician of the baroque scene, applauded for his « sovereign virtuosity », the « finesse of his playing » as well as his approach with L’Achéron, following the early music pioneers steps, rediscovering forgotten beauties and historical practices while making them sensitive for today’s public and abolishing frontiers between the musics and the audience with transversal projects (Orient-Occident cross-overs, contemporary or pop music, improvisation).


Sokratis Sinopoulos lyra

Greek musician Sokratis Sinopoulos is a contemporary master of the lyra. His playing is delicate and nuanced yet highly expressive, and his proficiency on the instrument has been widely acclaimed. Sinopoulos has collaborated with numerous musicians throughout the world. He's equally comfortable crossing genre boundaries into jazz and classical, as he is to staying true to folk traditions of Greece and Eastern Mediterranean. Born in Athens in 1974, he studied Byzantine music and classical guitar as a child, and began playing the lyra in 1988, under the instruction of Ross Daly. Sinopoulos' remarkable talent was immediately apparent, and he joined Daly's group Labyrinthos a year later. He became highly prolific, contributing to recordings by countless musicians including Eleni Karaindrou for ECM, Charles Lloyd for Blue Note and Jean Guihen Queyras for Harmonia Mundi. He has also recorded with the French baroque ensemble L’ Achéron and with the Turk kementche virtuoso Derya Türkan. Sinopoulos was awarded the Melina Mercouri award for young artists in 1999. 
In 2010, he formed Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet with pianist Yann Keerim, bassist Dimitris Tsekouras, and drummer Dimitris Emmanouil. The debut album of the quartet “Eight Winds”, was produced by Manfred Eicher for ECM records and received excellent reviews globally. The second album of the quartet “Metamodal”, was released in 2019. Sokratis Sinopoulos is an associate professor in the Department of Music Science and Art in the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.


Andreas Linos viola da Gamba

Παιδί Ελλήνων γονιών, με μητέρα ζωγράφο και πατέρα αρχιτέκτονα, ο Ανδρέας Λινός μεγαλώνει σε ένα περιβάλλον στο σταυροδρόμι μεταξύ τεχνών και πολιτισμών. Παθιασμένος από τα έντεκά του χρόνια με τη βιόλα ντα γκάμπα, θα σπουδάσει το μουσικό αυτό όργανο με τη Nima Ben David στο CNR (Περιφερειακό Ωδείο) της Boulogne-Billancourt, όπου θα αποσπάσει ένα Πρώτο Βραβείο το 2006. Έκτοτε, ακολουθεί σταδιοδρομία μουσικού δωματίου, συνεργαζόμενος με ποικίλα μουσικά σύνολα όπως τα Le Poème Harmonique, το σύνολοβιόλας L’Achéron, Le Baroque Nomade, Capriccio Stravagante, Le Concert Etranger, La Camera Delle Lacrime και Latinitas nostra με τους οποίους ηχογραφεί περί τους είκοσι δίσκους. Παίζει σε ντουέτο με τον τσεμπαλίστα Olivier Fortin. Από το 2008 ως το 2011, διοργάνωσε στην αίθουσα L’Archipel  του Παρισιού τη μηνιαία σεζόν του Consort Project, αφιερωμένη στα σύνολα βιόλας και στην αγγλική μουσική.