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THESSALONIKI CONCERT HALL

SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER
21:00  
(EMILIOS RIADIS HALL M2)

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BRUSSELS VIRTUOSI:
A VIRTUOSO NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Nikos Spanatis countertenor
Marc Grauwels flute
Jean-Frédéric Molard violin

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Brussels Virtuosi in Thessaloniki for the first time! They promise a musical feast with a programme of unique mastery, inspired by Opera.

Three soloists, renowned countertenor Nikos Spanaris, sensuous French violinist Jean Frédéric Molard, and internationally respected Belgian flautist Marc Grauwels, who played on the soundtrack of Amadeus and for whom Astor Piazzolla composed the internationally known work History of Tango.

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The programme starts with the Minuet from Gluck’s Orpheus and Symphonie Concertante by operatic composer Domenico Cimarosa. It will be followed by two arias for countertenor, including ‘Sol da te, mio dolce amore’ from Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso, one of the most alluring arias of the baroque repertoire.

The second part of the programme includes Puccini’s Chrysanthemums and two exceptionally masterful fantasies with excerpts from the operas Rigoletto and Carmen, for flute and orchestra. Enjoy them! 

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Nikos Spanatis countertenor
Marc Grauwels flute
Jean-Frédéric Molard violin

Brussels Virtuosi

 

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Spanatis

Countertenor Nikos Spanatis has performed in great Concert Halls in Greece, in International Festivals and has appeared in European Countries in Art Projects, in recitals and in Chamber Music Concerts. He collaborates with renowned orchestra Brussels Virtuosi and their creator and famous flautist Marc Grauwels and Estonian Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta and has collaborated with Swedish Chamber Orchestra ‘Musica Vitae’, Estonian Baroque Ensemble ‘Floridante’ and all major Greek orchestras under the baton of Tiberiu Soare, George Petrou, Vassilis Christopoulos, Miltos Logiadis, etc. He was born in Frankfurt. He has studied advanced music theory, trumpet and piano. He has studied singing with Aris Christofelis, Roza Poulimenou in the Department of Music Studies, Ionian University and soprano Mata Katsouli in Philippos Nakas Conservatory where he was awarded with a Diploma in Classical Solo Singing (1st Prize & first class honors). He has performed works of Greek composers such as Dimitris Maragopoulos and Nikos Mamagakis and has done recordings for the Greek Classical Radio - Third Program, for labels MDG and IDAIA, and of Dimitris Papadimitriou’s "Aesop's fables". He has collaborated and been sponsored by TV5MONDE francophone international channel and Tricolore News. Nikos Spanatis has received warm reviews from Greek and international Press, such as, "...his velvet, hedonically dark-colored voice enchantingly conversed with the flute of Marc Grauwels..." (The Journalists' Daily), "...Nikos Spanatis has a crystal countertenor voice, which he handles with flexibility, power and wide shades". (ESS,Finland), among others. He is a PhD Candidate in Ionian University Department of Music Studies and Artistic Director and Singing Teacher at National Conservatory, Ymittos. Musicologist PhD Candidate,  Department of Music Studies, Ionian University, Artistic Director and Singing Teacher at National Conservatory, Ymittos.

 

 

Marc Grauwels

Marc Grauwels is undoubtedly one of the Belgian flautists most catching the limelight today. His eclecticism as an international soloist has inspired a lot of composers from all over the world who wrote especially for him or associated him to the first performance of their creations. More recently, the Greek composer Yannis Markopoulos wrote for him his new concerto for flute that was played as one of the opening musics for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. Even before having finished his musical studies in his country he made his orchestral debute, aged only nineteen, with the Flemish Opera. In 1976 he joined the Monnaie Theatre in Brussels as piccolo solo (the Belgian National Opera House) which he left in 1978 to become first flute soloist in the Symphonic Orchestra of the Belgian radio and television. He stayed for ten years whilst being chosen for the same position in 1986 at the foundation of the famous “World Orchestra” directed by Carlo-Maria Giulini. His career as a soloist was to soar in an impressive way from then on which would entail his definitive departure from the orchestra in 1987. In the same period he taught for fifteen years at th Royal Conservatory of Brussels and today he holds a chair as titular professor at the Royal Conservatory of Mons. In February 2001 following an Asian tour the world management of Naxos in Hong Kong decided to confide to him a whole collection in their catalogue entitled “The Flute Collection”. For the coming years this Marc Grauwels collection will bring out thirty CDs. (15 Naxos CDs are already available on the world market.). Amply gifted by nature with a genial and enthusiastic character he does not refrain from multiplying very diverse musical experiences and readily moves to and fro between e.g. Piazzolla and Mozart and between Bach and Ravi Shankar. With a minimum of 100 concerts a year all around the world, more than 15.000 pages devoted to him on the Web and a discography listing more than 60 CDs as a soloist performer, Marc Grauwels has shown that the right artistic approach does pave the way these days for a flutist’s tremendous public success.


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Jean-Frédéric Molard had his first violin classes under the guidance of his father at the Conservatoire de Tours and then, from 1990 to 1994, he studied at Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (C.N.R.). In 1994 he entered Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles, in Endre Kleve’s class. From his first year of studies, he obtained his first violin award and in then next year he obtained the chamber music award at André Siwy’s class. In 1999 he completed his music studies at C.R.M.B. obtaining a high diploma in chamber music with honors and a high diploma in violin with honors at Serge Bément’s  και Endre Kleve’s classes. Since 1997, he has been a member of Wallonie Chamber Music Orchestra and is often invited in Liège Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a scholar of the Mathilde Horlait-Dapsens Foundation. In 2003 he became member of “Soledad” ensemble, with which he gives performances not only in Belgium but also abroad.

 

BrusselsMarc Grauwels is undoubtedly one of the Belgian flautists most catching the limelight today. His eclecticism as an international soloist has inspired a lot of composers from all over the world who wrote especially for him or associated him to the first performance of their creations. More recently, the Greek composer Yannis Markopoulos wrote for him his new concerto for flute that was played as one of the opening musics for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. Even before having finished his musical studies in his country he made his orchestral debute, aged only nineteen, with the Flemish Opera. In 1976 he joined the Monnaie Theatre in Brussels as piccolo solo (the Belgian National Opera House) which he left in 1978 to become first flute soloist in the Symphonic Orchestra of the Belgian radio and television. He stayed for ten years whilst being chosen for the same position in 1986 at the foundation of the famous “World Orchestra” directed by Carlo-Maria Giulini. His career as a soloist was to soar in an impressive way from then on which would entail his definitive departure from the orchestra in 1987. In the same period he taught for fifteen years at th Royal Conservatory of Brussels and today he holds a chair as titular professor at the Royal Conservatory of Mons. In February 2001 following an Asian tour the world management of Naxos in Hong Kong decided to confide to him a whole collection in their catalogue entitled “The Flute Collection”. For the coming years this Marc Grauwels collection will bring out thirty CDs. (15 Naxos CDs are already available on the world market.). Amply gifted by nature with a genial and enthusiastic character he does not refrain from multiplying very diverse musical experiences and readily moves to and fro between e.g. Piazzolla and Mozart and between Bach and Ravi Shankar. With a minimum of 100 concerts a year all around the world, more than 15.000 pages devoted to him on the Web and a discography listing more than 60 CDs as a soloist performer, Marc Grauwels has shown that the right artistic approach does pave the way these days for a flutist’s tremendous public success.

 

 

 

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Nikos Spanatis, Opera Singer /Countertenor

Musicologist PhD Candidate,  Department of Music Studies, Ionian University

Artistic Director and Singing Teacher at National Conservatory, Ymittos.

Official Website: http://www.nikosspanatis.com

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