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6th International Kalamata Music Days


Concert Programme.

Thursday, 28.07.2022, 21:00 o’clock, Kalamata Dance Megaron (Main Stage)
– Tickets: 8€, 5€ (reduced)

Kalamata Festival Orchestra & Joshua Weilerstein Vol.2

With compositions by Debussy and Mahler


Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918): Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1891-94)

Conducted by a participant of the conducting masterclass

Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911): Symphony No.4 (1899-1901/1902–1910) - Arranged for chamber orchestra

  1. Bedächtig, nicht eilen
  2. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast
  3. III. Ruhevoll, poco adagio
  4. IV. Wir geniessen die Himmlischen Freuden. Sehr behaglich

Elisabeth Freyhoff, soprano

Joshua Weilerstein, conductor

The Kalamata Festival Orchestra:

André Cebrián Garea, flute 

María Alba Carmona Tobella, oboe  

Miquel Ramos Salvadó, clarinet  

María José García Zamora, bassoon

Antonio Lagares Abeal, horn

Theo Vazakas, percussion

Costas Seremetis, percussion

Lidia Nochovska, piano  

Yannis Shymko, harmonium 

Pablo Hernán Benedí, violin 

Verena Chen, violin 

Ilias Sdoukos, viola  

Indira Rahmatulla, violoncello   

Rodrigo Moro, double bass 



Friday, 29.07.2022, 21:00 o’clock, Kalamata Dance Megaron (Main Stage) – Tickets: 8€, 5€ (reduced)

The Underground Youth Orchestra & Christoph Eschenbach

The great conductor for the first time in Kalamata



Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827):


Triple Concerto, Op.56 (1804)

  1. Allegro
  2. Largo
  3. Rondo alla Polacca

Katerina Chatzinikolau, violin

Johannes Przygodda, violoncello

Triantafyllos Liotis, piano


Symphony No.5, Op.67 (1807–1808)

  1. Allegro con brio
  2. Andante con moto
  3. Scherzo. Allegro - Trio
  4. Allegro (C major)


Christoph Eschenbach, conductor


Christoph Eschenbach is a phenomenon amongst the top league of international conductors. Universally acclaimed as both a conductor and pianist, he belongs firmly to the German intellectual line of tradition, yet he combines this with a rare emotional intensity, producing performances revered by concert-goers worldwide. Renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and the depth of his interpretations, he has held directorships with many leading orchestras and gained the highest musical honours.


In exploring the conditions that led to the emergence of such a charismatic talent, we can look to his early years – born at the heart of a tempestuous, war-torn Europe in 1940, his early childhood was scarred by a succession of personal tragedies. It can truly be said that music was his saviour, and his life began to change when he learned the piano. Now, at the age of 80, his keen artistic curiosity is undiminished, and he still thoroughly enjoys working with the finest international orchestras. He is also well-known as a tireless supporter of young talent – this is his greatest passion, and he values his contribution to mentoring up-and-coming talent over and above his own distinguished career. Moved by the energy and the drive of young people – „Those one hundred percent artists“, as he calls them – he has a personal mission to pass the torch to the next generation. His discoveries to date include the pianist Lang Lang, the violinist Julia Fischer and the cellists Leonard Elschenbroich and Daniel Müller-Schott. As Artistic Advisor and lecturer at the famous Kronberg Academy, he accompanies young violinists, cellists and violists on their way to become world class soloists. Christoph Eschenbach continues to explore new horizons and since September 2019 he is Musical Director of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.


Under the auspices of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens




Sunday, 31.07.2022, 21:00 o’clock, Kalamata Dance Megaron (Main Stage)
– Tickets: 8€, 5€ (reduced)

Piano solo recital – Vassilis Varvaresos

With compositions by Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninoff




Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1759): Partita in E minor, BWV 830 (1730)

  1. Toccata
  2. Allemande
  3. Corrente
  4. Air
  5. Sarabande
  6. Tempo di Gavotta
  7. Gigue


Frédéric Chopin (1810 — 1849): Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op.39 (1839)


Olivier Messiaen (1908 — 1992): Regard du Père (from “Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus”) (1944)


Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 —1943): Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op.42 (1931)


Vassilis Varvaresos, piano


Vassilis Varvaresos was born in Thessaloniki in 1983. He started his piano studies at the age of 5. At the age of 13, he appeared in Monte Carlo as one of the 11 best µ’young virtuosos’’ of the world ("Piccoli Mozart"), while at the age of 14 he won First Prize at the YCA International Auditions (New York), among 407 candidates from 41 countries. He has also won the 1st Prize and the "Award of Outstanding Performance" at the "Petar Konjovic" International Competition for Young Musicians (Belgrade), as well as the "Award for the best debuting Greek artist" from the Greek Critics Union. Some more of his accomplishments include winning the 1st Prize at the International Competition "Maria Hairiorgou - Cigara" and 3rd Prize at the "George Enescu" International Competition (Bucharest).


  1. Varvaresos completed his advanced studies in piano at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Herbert Stessin, Jerome Lowenthal, Yoheved Kaplinsky and Robert McConald with a full scholarship. He holds a Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts with Carl Schachter as his thesis supervisor. During his years at Juilliard, he was an Assistant Professor of Piano in Julian Martin's class. In 2011 he completed his studies as the only selected pianist from the Conservatoire National de Paris for the Diplôme d'Artiste Interprète program with professor Michel Dalberto.


His numerous recital and concert appearances started from a very young age. He has appeared in Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Spain, Romania, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Japan, Egypt, Netherlands, Greece, China, USA (Carnegie Hall - New York, The Kennedy Center - Washington and in many more states). He also represented Greece as a soloist with the Athens State Orchestra in 2008, as part of the Olympic Games events in China. He has been invited to the festivals Chopin de Nohant, Orangerie Chopin, as well as to the White House for the President of the USA Barack Obama, while he also appeared at the Salle Gaveau, the Salle Pleyel and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, but also with the Athens State Orchestra at the Herodion Atticus Theatre in Athens.


During his career some further appearances include the festivals Lisztomanias de Châteauroux and “György Cziffra” in Senlis, the Villa Medici in Rome, the collaboration with the baritone Dimitris Tiliakos for a performance of the “Winterreise” song cycle by F. Schubert at the Megaron of Athens and Thessaloniki, The Chopin Project Op. 10 at the Megaron Athens in 2015 and many more.


He recorded the 1st Concerto for piano and orchestra by J. Brahms with the Orchestra of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and also made a personal CD, which Kyprianos Katsaris characterized in an article at 'BBC Magazine' as an "important new record" and as "un pianiste formidable"


Vassilis Varvaresos has also composed the music for two documentaries and for the short film “Hardwood”.




Monday, 01.08.2022, 21:00 o’clock, Kalamata Dance Megaron (Main Stage)

 Tickets: 8€, 5€ (reduced)

Enrico Pieranunzi meets Arionas Gyftakis

The renowned jazz pianist for the first time in Greece


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The famous Italian Jazz pianist Enrico Pieranunzi will perform as a soloist, but also together with the astounding Kalamata-born double bassist Arionas Gyftakis.


Enrico Pieranunzi was born in Rome in 1949 and has for many years been among the most significant and well-known protagonists of the international jazz scene. A pianist, composer, and arranger, he has recorded more than 70 albums under his own name, ranging from piano solo to trio, from duo to quintet. He has collaborated, either live or in the studio, with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter, Marc Johnson, and Joey Baron. Pieranunzi has been named Artist of the Year three times by the Musica Jazz magazine critics’ poll (in 1989, 2003, 2008). He also won the French Django d’Or prize as “Best European Musician” in 1997 and the German Echo Jazz Award in 2014 as “Best International Keyboard Artist”. Pieranunzi has performed his music all over the world in the most prestigious international festivals, from Montréal to Copenhagen and Buenos Aires, from Berlin and Madrid to Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Beijing. For the past ten years, he has been playing more and more in the USA, and has taken part in the San Francisco and Spoleto (Charleston, South Carolina) festivals. He has also been regularly featured in the most important New York clubs, especially the Village Vanguard, where in July 2010 he recorded the album Live at the Village Vanguard with Marc Johnson and Paul Motian. This is the first album ever recorded by an Italian musician (and one of the very few by European musicians) in the legendary diamond shaped 7th Avenue venue.


Arionas Gyftakis was born in Kalamata, Greece, in 1995. He started playing the classical violin at the age of seven. At the age of 15 his interest in jazz led him to the upright bass. He studied several stylistic concepts of jazz and jazz harmony with Sylvios Syros and he also studied the classical bass with Takis Kapogiannis for two years. In 2012 at the age of seventeen he auditioned for the Berklee College of Music and was able to study with the Presidential Scholarship. At Berklee he had lessons with Hal Crook and Eddie Gomez. He has played with George Kontrafouris, Spyros Manesis, Davis Whitfield, Andreas Polyzogopoulos, Anastasis Gouliaris, Vasilis Podaras, Takis Paterelis, George Tsiropoulos, Daniel Rotem and many more.


Enrico Pieranunzi, piano

Arionas Gyftakis, double bass




Tuesday, 02.08.2022, 21:00 o’clock, Kalamata Dance Megaron (Main Stage)
– Tickets: 8€, 5€ (reduced)


Chamber music concert with Alexia Mouza, Pablo Hernán Benedí, Ilias Sdoukos and Indira Rahmatulla




Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791): Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478 (1785)

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Rondo


Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856): Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op.47 (1842)

  1. Sostenuto assai — Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Scherzo. Molto vivace
  3. Andante cantabile
  4. Finale. Vivace


The tutors of the masterclasses

Alexia Mouza, piano

Pablo Hernán Benedí, violin

Ilias Sdoukos, viola

Indira Rahmatulla, violoncello





FESTIVAL PASS 28/7 - 2/8

Μέγαρο Χορού Καλαμάτας
(Κεντρική Σκηνή)
Ο.Τ. 574, Αρτέμιδος, Καλαμάτα 241 00

- Πέμπτη 28 Ιουλίου 2022
- Παρασκευή 29 Ιουλίου 2022
- Κυριακή 31 Ιουλίου 2022
- Δευτέρα 01 Αυγουστου 2022
- Τρίτη 02 Αυγουστου 2022


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