Ludwig Van Beethoven

Mon Dec 12th 2016
Cyprus, Pallas Theatre, Pigenis and Arsinois str, Nicosia, Niosia

Event Details

Following the great success of the concert cycle "Beethoven: The complete works for violin and piano", the distinguished Cypriot pianist Dr Nicolas Constantinou continues presenting works of L. v. Beethoven with a series of two concerts featuring the integrated work for cello and piano with renowned cellist and first cello at the famous Vienna Philharmonic Péter Somodari.

The composition of sonatas for piano and cello was unthinkable before Beethoven; up until then, the cello would mainly provide the bass line. Beethoven was the first composer to tackle these challenges (his example was not followed until 1824).

The works for piano and cello (three sets variations and five sonatas) are representative of the three periods of Beethoven’s artistic creation: the 'classical', the 'heroic' and the 'late’. Inspired by the unmatched capabilities of various renowned cellists and his own abilities as a virtuoso pianist, the sonatas not only represented an example par excellence for the subsequent generation of composers, but at the same time, they pose tremendous challenges for cellists and pianists alike.

Péter Somodari Hungarian Péter Somodari began playing the cello at the age of three. Between 1997 and 2006 he studied at the music academies of Budapest and Saarbrücken, receiving important impulses from L? szlo Mezö, Miklos Perényi, Gustav Rivinius, and György Kurt? g. He holds numerous awards, among which the first prize at the 2005 International Music Competition in Marktneukirchen. He has appeared in performance with such renowned musicians as Christian Tetzlaff, Patricia Kopatschinskaja, Tabea Zimmermann, Boris Pergamenschikov, and Marta Gulyas. From 1997 to 2001 Péter Somodari collaborated with the Budapest Strings, both as their section’s cellist as well as appearing as a soloist. In the period to follow he was member of the Keller Quartet and member of the Hungarian State Opera.

From 2004 he had served as the solo cellist of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and since September 2012 he is the solo cellist of the Vienna State Opera House and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Nicolas Costantinou Dr Nicolas Costantinou has given numerous concerts in Austria, Cyprus, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Portugal, Turkey, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA and regularly appears in prestigious halls such as Wigmore Hall, the Brahms Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna, the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, and the grand Hall of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He is regularly invited to perform at international festivals around Europe such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Oulunsalo Soi Music Festival (Finland), the Gödöllő Chamber Music Festival (Hungary), and the International Kypria Festival (Cyprus). His debut in London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall was received with favourable reviews.

He has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, the Budapest Concert Orchestra, the Failoni Chamber Orchestra, and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, with maestros such as Konrad von Abel, Juri Gilbo, Esa Heikkilä, Notis Georgiou, Spiros Pisinos, Maciej Zoltowski, and Ayis Ioannides. In the field of chamber music, he has performed with Gustav Rivinius, Erkki Rautio, David Cohen, Péter Somodari, Vilmos Szabadi, Tytus Miecznikowski, Gábor Varga, Francesco Quaranta, Wolfgang Schroeder, Margarita Elia, Kyros Patsalides, Chloë Hanslip, Kazuhiro Tagaki, and the Meta4 and Akadémia String quartets. He regularly performs works by Cypriot composers in Cyprus and abroad including a number of world premieres. Dr Costantinou has recently performed for the first time in Cyprus Beethoven’s complete works for piano and violin with violinist Nikos Pittas.

TICKETS - at the Door Full-price €15 Concessions (LMS members / pensioners / full-time Students/ soldiers) €10 Children up to 15 years old

FREE ENTRANCE Monday, 12 December 2016 | 20:00 Pallas theatre, Nicosia

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