Samos Young Artists Festival 2015

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    07.08 — 13.08.2015
Ancient Theatre

    In 2010, the Samos Young Artists Festival was established on the initiative of a Greek-German family; its first collaboration featuring young artists from the organization Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now. The island’s geographical location between Europe and Asia has made it fertile ground for the arts and culture to flourish from antiquity to the present.

    Here on Samos, the philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras laid out the foundations of the tonal system in music. Here, too, Aesop first related his universally known fables. The historian Herodotus, the philosopher Epicurus, and a number of pre-Socratic philosophers also lived on Samos.

    It is thus only natural for this intellectual heritage to live on in a new form today. Globalization, the redefinition of religions and cultures, and the increasing influx of refugees, encourage us to reflect. Present-day questions can be analytically examined in the light of historical tradition, giving rise to new possibilities for thought and creation.

    One of the initiators’ intentions is to bring young artists and concert-goers to the island each year in order to spotlight this special place. Young musicians from all around the world are invited to Samos for two weeks in August to perform in the island’s ancient theatre during the Festival. Enjoying a great opportunity to exchange experiences, artists from many nations work together intensively during this time and their common language is music.

    The Festival is given shape each year by an artistic director whose task is to draw up the program and select the musicians to perform. The Festival is exclusively financed by private donations, local organizations and associations.

    • Friday, August 7

      Russian Virtuoso Crossover Terem Quartet

      • Andrey Konstantinovsoprano domra
      • Andrey Smirnovbayan-accordion
      • Vladimir Kudriavtcevdouble bass
      • Alexey Barshchev alto domra
    • Saturday, August 8

      Virtuoso Violin

      • Ye-Eun Choiviolin
      • Silke Avenauspiano
    • Sunday, August 9

      Quintet Evening Dvořák & Franck

      • Sarah Christianviolin
      • Daniel Nodelviolin, artistic direction 2013-2017
      • Wen Xiao Zhengviola
      • Maximilian Hornungcello
      • Silke Avenauspiano
    • Monday, August 10

      Evening of Jazz

      • David GazarovPianist, Composer and Arranger
    • Tuesday, August 11

      Piano Evening

      • Herbert Schuchpiano
      • Gülru Ensaripiano
    • Wednesday, August 12

      An Evening of Opera

      • Mathias Hausmann baritone
      • Christina Blaschke, Anna Teresa Rabe and Verena Tönjesof the vocal studio of Prof. Stella Doufexis at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
      • Frixos Mortzospiano
      • Sarah Christianviolin
      • Daniel Nodelviolin, artistic direction 2013-2017
      • Wen Xiao Zhengviola
      • Maximilian Hornungcello
    • Thursday, August 13

      Music of the World Quadro Nuevo

      • Mulo Francelsaxophone
      • Didi Lowkabass
      • Andreas Hinterseheraccordion, bandoneon

    Artistic Direction

    Daniel Nodel

    07.08. – 13.08.2017

    The concerts take place daily from August 7 – 13, at 8:30 p.m. in the antique open-air theater of Pythagorion on the Greek island of Samos. Admission tickets can be purchased at the box office for € 5.


    When traveling on the main road to Vathy, turn left towards the Efpalinon Tunnel just before leaving town. The theater is within 20 minutes walking distance of Pythagorion. Due to the traffic situation, those who drive are recommended to arrive early.

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