Samos Young Artists Festival 2018

    An illustration of the ancient theatre, with an open grand piano at the center, the sea at the horizon and trees in front
    07.08 — 14.08.2018
Ancient Theatre

    The Schwarz Foundation is happy to invite you to the 9th Samos Young Artists Festival. From August 7th until August 14th, 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 eight 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. The festival concludes with a recital by the winner of the Concours Gezá Anda 2018 triennial international piano competition.

    • Tuesday, August 7

      Duo Sitkovetsky

      • Alexander SitkovetskyViolin
      • Wu QianPiano
    • Wednesday, August 8

      Solo - Duo - Trio Works by Beethoven and Papanas

      • Simos PapanasViolin
      • Vassilis Varvaresospiano
    • Thursday, August 9

      Piano Evening a Portrait of a Young Artist

      • Maxim Landopiano
    • Friday, August 10

      Trio Arte Works by Beethoven, Baran and Ravel

      • Veriko Tchumburidze violin
      • Dorukhan Dorukcello
      • Yunus Tuncalipiano
    • Saturday, August 11

      Chamber music concert Works by Schubert, Bernstein and Poulenc

      • Theodoros Iossfidis piano
      • Fanie Antonelousoprano
      • Veriko Tchumburidze violin
      • Faidon Miliadisviolin
      • Angela Giannaki viola
      • Dimitris Tigkasdouble bass
    • Sunday, August 12

      Hortus Conclusus. Music from 17th century Italy Latinitas Nostra baroque ensemble under the direction of Markellos Chryssikos

      • Markellos Chryssikosdirection & cembalo
      • Iason Ioannou baroque-cello
      • Dimitris Tigkas double-bass
      • Theodora Bakamezzo-soprano
      • Fanie Antonelousoprano
    • Monday, August 13

      Songs of the Mediterranean Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico Trio

      • Savina Yannatou voice
      • Kyriakos Gouventasviolin
      • Kostas Vomvolos accordeon
      • Dimitris Tigkasdouble-bass
    • Tuesday, August 14

      Piano Recital Concours Géza Anda 3rd Price winner 2018

      • Sergey Taninpiano

    Artistic Direction

    Masha Ilyashov
    Alexis Karaiskakis-Nastos


    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.


    The Schwarz Foundation is pleased to share 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.

    SYAF Award 2018

    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.

    Brochure Download

    • SYAF 2018 Brochure


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