27 internationally renowned soloists from all over the world plan their annual rendezvous in North Aegean region, in the two remarkable Greek islands, Lesbos (and more specifically in Molyvos village) and for the first time in Chios

8 – 19 August | 5th Molyvos International Music Festival 

In North Aegean region, the two remarkable Greek islands, Lesbos and Chios will have the honor to host 27 distinguished and award-winning musicians from the whole world that will musically embrace and inspire the loyal friends of the 5th Molyvos International Music Festival.

Especially, Molyvos – an enchanting castle topped village perched on a northern edge of Lesbos island, one of the most picturesque villages of the Mediterranean – will be the center of classical music from August 8th to August 19th. Molyvos, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts a mix of cultural influences due to its architecture and history, and as you walk around on the cobbled mule paths is full of courtyards with bright flowers, bougainvillea and aged plane trees.

Appearing in the well-preserved Byzantine castle of Molyvos – with  the stunning panorama of the town, the sea and beyond- the alleys, the beaches, the market, the harbour, and four other carefully selected destinations in Lesbos and Chios, soloists will join musical ensembles and perform compositions according to the Festival’s program. The unrivaled program has been edited by the artistic directors Danae and Kiveli Dörken (internationally recognized pianists themselves) and this year’s theme is DIA-LOGOS, the process that laid the foundations of the Republic, encouraging debates and fruitful conversations.

Christian Tetzlaff – German violinist, Berlin Philharmonic’s musician, recipient of the ECHO and ICMA awards as musician of the year , Elijah Kadesha – the awarded from the Union of Critics of Theater and Music, Volker Jacobsen – the founder of the world-renowned “Artemis Quartet”, David Orlowski who was  awarded for the connection of classical music with Klezmer music,  the cellist  Tanja Tetzlaff and violoncellist Bruno Filipp (one of the best-known cellists of his generation), the  internationally acclaimed Portuguese pianist – first prize winner of the famous Leeds International Piano Competition Artur Pizarro and the Norwegian percussionist Hans Christian Sorensen, are only some of the most important performers who will stimulate our mind and emotion through the Dialogue of music. All our senses will be surrounded by high quality classical music while exploring one of the most magnificent destinations in the world.

With the pre-festival activities that will begin on August 8th in Chios and will carry on in Lesbos, the  visitors will have the unique opportunity to discover the two islands and their secrets, highlighting their cultural treasures through a mix of concerts and tours held in various locations of the islands, such as the Citrus Estate – Kampos Chios, the Early Christian Basilica of Agios Andreas (5th century BC), Eressos Lesvos, the Çarşı Hamam in Mytilene and the Kalloni’s Gulf Wetlands.

On August 13th, with the concert “From Genesis to Dialogue” – to be held at Metochi Study Centre of the Agder University, Holy Monastery of Leimonas, Kalloni, Lesbos – a musical bridge will be created that will connect last year’s with this year’s Festival theme.

The core of the Molyvos Festival – that will take place from 16th to 19th of August, in the castle of Molyvos and the conference center of Mithymna – involves the musical exploration of the concepts of Thesis, Antithesis, Dialogue, Reconciliation and Synthesis through the masterpieces of Vitali, Rebel, Jenkins, Xenakis, Brams, Dvorzak, Mozart, Pulenk, Britten, Souk, Fauré, Orlowski, Golijov, Haydn and Ries. A momentous occasion of the Festival, not to be missed, will be the world premiere of the opus of N. Harizanou “Faces of the archaic dipolum “.

During the Festival days, the  “Molyvos Musical Moments” will unexpectedly arise in various parts of the enchaning village, at the residential area, on the beaches and elsewhere, where soloists will offer visitors a rare musical enjoyment that will highlight the beauty, the traditional wealth and the architecture of the village. Just by walking around you will feel the rich culture of the destination.

Nowadays, as the urgency for DIALOGUE has become more indispensable than ever, the 5th Molyvos International Music Festival will reinforce it with an outstanding, resonant programme that will fully satisfy the loyal audience that will arrive from all over the world.

By combining innovation with tradition and bringing together different sectors and people using the universal language of music, the Molyvos Festival will invigorate – through the dialogue of music – our mind and emotion and will point out the similarities between seemingly incompatible contrasts and will eventually praise Beauty.

More details for the festival’s programme please read here.

Book your ticket here: https://www.ticketservices.gr/event/molyvos-festival-2019/

MIMF is under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, of the North Aegean Region and has the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens, the French Embassy, the Norwegian University of Agder and the Greek National Tourism Organization

For more information:
Natalia Katifori | Communication Officer: e-mail: natalia@opusltd.com | m. 6972-345289 τ. 2103635660

DIALOGOS 8-19 August 2019

Ancient Greece was a society steeped in discourse, argument and debate. As the society that invented democracy, public and personal dialogue were its foundation. Nowadays, it has become more important than ever that we reexamine this fundamental concept. Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis are the pillars of any form of human interaction. Opposing ideas are unavoidable, but their synthesis is attainable. In our 5 concerts Thesis, Antithesis, Dialogue, Reconciliation and Synthesis we want to approach this subject from a musical perspective. Art has the ability to highlight the similarities of seemingly irreconcilable contrasts and especially chamber Music is the essence of musical dialogue in which that is possible.

Dialogues come in many shapes and forms, but they all address both intellect and emotion.

Thesis and Antithesis as counterpoint are the origins of Synthesis which is Harmony.

Apollon and Dionysus represent both logic and instinct, the two counterparts to creating a work of art, a musical composition – whether it is an ancient drama or a symphonic work.

ΜΟ-ΤΟ Key 2019

28 – 29 March 2019 | 3ο ΜΟ-ΤΟ Key
Classical music in the schools of Lesvos

On 28th and 29th March 2019, students of the 15th Primary School of Mitilini, the Musical High School of Mitilini and the Petra High School, organized classical chamber music concerts with the participation of Friedrich Thiele (cello), Elene Meipariani (violin), Johanna Ruppert (viola), young, talented musicians who came to Lesvos from Germany, Georgia and Russia respectively.

These concerts were organized by the students after having attended the MO-TO Key training program, in which they learned the basic principles of cultural management and project management. In addition, they acquired skills and knowledge useful for their everyday life, but they were also introduced into the world of music. At the same time, they were pleased to present to the general public the result of their collaboration with the musicians, the coordination of their actions, their initiatives and their creativity.

In the final concert of the program, which was given on March 29th at the Petra Conference Center, the three musicians performed the works:

Ernst von Dohnányi: String Trio, Serenade in C major, Op.10

Maurice Ravel: Duo for Violin and Cello, 1. and 2. Movement

Georg Friedrich Fuchs: Duo Op.60 for Violine and Viola: No.3, No.6, No.8 and No.12

Gideon Klein: String trio

The program was implemented for the third year, in collaboration with the organizing committee of the Festival.

To Floga from Molyvos!

Europe’s Rising Stars perform at the benefit concert for Floga-Parents Association of Children with Cancer | Athens, Saturday 15th December 2018, 20:30

The Molyvos International Music Festival, in Lesbos, is known for the passion and energy of its performers. Every summer young musicians, rising stars from different parts of the world, are performing together giving a fresh interpretation to classical music works.

With the same energy, the Festival is travelling to Athens on Saturday, December 15, for a charity event, the proceeds of which will help the projects of “Floga”, the ever active Parents Association of Children with Cancer and the Molyvos International Music Festival. The internationally renowned artists Danae and Kiveli Doerken-piano, Benedict Kloekner-Cello and Klemens de Forsville-violin will offer the audience a thrilling experience where the flame of music meets the flame of power, love and solidarity.

The concert will take place at 20:30, at the Concert Hall of the Hellenic-German Association “Philadelphia” in Maroussi – the oldest active club in Greece founded in 1837. The program will be presented by  director and journalist Yiorgos Giannarakos and includes works by F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, R. Schumann, J. Halvorsen and J. Brahms.

GENESIS 8-19 August 2018

4th Molyvos International Music Festival

It is with great joy that we officially announce the theme and dates of the 4th Molyvos International Music Festival:

8-19 August 2018
“What comes of a Catharsis? A Genesis of a new identity, of a new self with renewed hope and a new direction in life. With that comes a whole new set of challenges but also opportunities that need to be explored. That is the path we would like to embark on musically during the 4rth Molyvos International Music Festival. We are looking forward to it!” Danae & Kiveli Doerken, MIMF artistic directors

Photo by Ervis Zika

For the 3rd year Music Key goes to the schools of Lesbos

Music Key, the successful educational program of Molyvos Festival, continues for the third year to unlock the imagination, sensitivity and creativity of children and young people in the island of Lesbos. The program so far attended by 3000 children, this year hosts the talented and distinguished international artist Arthur Rusanovsky. From this Monday 18th until Thursday, December 21st, the young Dutch violinist will introduce more than 700 students from Vrissa, Polichnitos, Mantamados, Thermi, Dafia, Skoutaros and Mytilene to the world of classical music. The program is being realised in cooperation with the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education and with the support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the North Aegean Region.

Despacito goes Classic! …made in the Aegean

A classical version of the summer hit, ”Despacitο” was captured spontaneously in August, during the Molyvos International Music Festival -Lesbos Island, Greece- and since the few days it has been released and shared in the social media around the world has reached thousands of views, showing that music has indeed no borders!.

During the Festival, three acclaimed musicians who participated, Lech Antonio Uszynski-Viola, Timothy Ridout-Viola and Petrit Çeku –guitar, had the idea of performing the piece with classical music instruments, using as a background the idyllic landscape of Molyvos village. Director Vangelis Efthymiou, a collaborator of the Festival, was there to record it and the result is fascinating.
It is worth noting that the song is performed on violas from the 16th and 17th century!

The result is yet another proof of the power that music has to create bridges and connect people!
Enjoy it and share it as a summer memory, as an example of musical metamorphosis!

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As curtain falls on the 3rd Molyvos International Music Festival, we renew our appointment for August 2018

And this year too, curtain falls on the 3rd Molyvos International Music Festival! From August 9th to August 19th, was the duration of the journey to “Catharsis”, the exploration of the healing power of music…
People from different backgrounds we have come in contact with a common goal, with a lot of work, with creativity, we lived intense moments, beautiful moments, we experienced the difficulties but also the magic of collaboration through music!
We thank everyone who contributed to the success of the Festival, the musicians, the volunteers, the sponsors, the people who have honoured us with their presence at the concerts and we are renewing our appointment for the 4rth Molyvos International Music festival on August 2018!

Ticket sale points in Molyvos

In Molyvos, tickets for the Festival concerts can be bought from the offices of the Molyvos Tourism Association (Central Market) daily 09:00-14:30, tel. 2253071990 and from the Mini Market Petras Timolaos, next to Agia Theoktisti tel. 22530 71518, Monday-Saturday, 08:-15:00 & 17:00-21:00, Sunday, 09:30-13:00

The tickets sale also continues via the internet www.ticketservices.gr and the telephone number +30 210 7234567