2020 - 02 - 17 Kalamata  Festival - A short Winter Journey

Studio of Kalamata Concert Hall

L'heure exquise

Monday 17 February 2020

Nikos Spanatis, countertenor
Yannos Margaziotis, violin
Ai Motohashi, piano


Reynaldo Hanh (1874 - 1947)
L 'heure exquise
Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912)
Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912)
Nuit d’Espagne
Samuel Barber (1910 – 1981)
Un Cygne
Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
Après un rêve
Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
Fleur jetée
Manos Hadjidakis (1925 – 1994) 
Lorca - Blood Wedding He Was The Pride Of Dawn
Manos Hadjidakis(1925 – 1994) 
Magnus Eroticus Away on the misty river

César Franck "Sonata for violin & piano" in A major

The Kalamata Municipal Conservatory returns to its musical wanderings with a "Small Winter Journey" where the "Musics of the World" festival meets the Kalamata Guitar Festival and the "International Kalamata Music Days Festival".

Four concerts, three masterclasses and a music-education seminar from February 15th to February 18th will provide the city's lively audience with an unforgettable four-day event!

Beginning on Saturday, February 15th with a "guitar recital" by Dimitris Kotronakis at the Studio of Kalamata Concert Hall at 9pm in collaboration with the 9th Kalamata Guitar Festival. (General admission fee 5 euros)

Then again on Sunday, February 16th at the Studio of Kalamata Concert Hall, at 8pm, "The Life and Love of a Woman" will lead us from the erotic renaissance to of 20th century eclecticism with soprano Katerina Palaiologou and pianist Yiannis Aeriniotis (General admission fee 5 euros)

On Monday, February 17th, again, at the Studio of Kalamata Concert Hall, at 8pm, we will be delighted to host three major musicians on a surprise night with Yiannos Margaziotis playing the violin, Ai Motohashi playing the piano and Contra Tenoros Nikos Spanos. (General admission fee 5 euros)

Finally, on Tuesday, February 18th, at 19:00 in the Concert Hall of the Kalamata Municipal Conservatory, students selected from the Young Talents School of the Music School of Amsterdam will meet with the students of the Kalamata Municipal Conservatory musically. (Admission free)

Simultaneously, on Sunday, February 16th, a guitar masterclass with Dimitris Kotronakis, a seminar of music kinetics with Vassilis Anagnostou and the 3-day masterclass of violin and piano with Yiannos Margaziotis and Alexia Mouza will be held...

The "Musics of the World" cycle is being organized by the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata for the fifth consecutive year and aims to "embrace" all kinds of musical expression, from Tradition to Jazz and Classicism to Contemporary Creation.

This year's cycle is dedicated to poetry, speech and music.

The artistic direction of the circle has been taken over by Katerina Palaiologou.

Yannos Margaziotis2

 Yannos, Margaziotis, violin

Υannos Margaziotis, violinist and artistic director of the International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades, studied in Greece with Michalis Semsis and in the Netherlands with a scholarship of the “ Onassis Foundation” with Victor Lieberman, Valentin Zuhk, Lex Korf de Gidts. He received a Master’s Degree in chamber music from the Royal Academy of Hague, in Vladimir Mendelssohn’s class.

He has performed as a soloist with symphonic and chamber music orchestras, such as the Athens State Orchestra, the Royal Danish Orchestra, the Orchestra of Contemporary Music of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, the Swedish Musica Vitae chamber orchestra, the Daejeon Chamber Orchestra in Koreal, the chamber music orchestra of the Greek National Opera, while as a founding member of the Artis piano trio, he has performed in concert halls and festivals such as the Athens Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall (Weil Recital Hall), Schoenberg Saal, the Hellenic National Gallery, the Athens- Epidaurus Festival, the Annenberg Festival, the Nafplion Festival, the Patras Musical May and the International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades.

As a chamber musician, Yannos Margaziotis has collaborated with artists such as Mihaela Martin, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Frans Helmerson, Radovan Vlatkovic, Marko Ylönen, Dimitris Sgouros, Harold Schlichtig, Yuval Gotlibovich, Janis Vakarelis, Laras Bjornkjaer, Leo Winland, Mixhel Lethiec, Fabio Di Casola, Katrine Gislinge, the “Storioni trio”, and has appeared at international classical music festivals such as the Storioni Festival in

the Netherlands, the “I virtuosi” and the Rio Chamber Music Week in Brazil, the Izmir chamber music series, the Borusan Istanbul chamber music series in Turkey, the Nafplion Festival, the Around the Piano festival, the Pireaus Sinfonia Festival in Greece, among many others.

He is one of the founding members and artistic director of the International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades, established in 2005 in Hermoupolis on Syros Island.

He teaches violin and chamber music at the Athens Conservatory and the HAEF(American College). Since 1994 he holds the position of 2 concertmaster with the Greek National Opera Orchestra and he is guest concertmaster with the Daejeon’s Philarmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Swedish Musica Vitae Orchestra.

He performs on a Frédéric Chaudier violin of Montpelier.



 Nikos Spanatis, Countertenor

Countertenor Nikos Spanatis was born in Frankfurt. He has studied advanced music theory, trumpet and piano. He has a bachelor's degree in musicology and is a PhD Candidate in Ionian University Department of Music Studies in Corfu. He has studied singing with male soprano Aris Christofelis, soprano Roza Poulimenou 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 in great Concert Halls in Greece: The ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus theatre, Greek National Opera, Athens Concert hall and Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Onassis Cultural Centre, etc, and in International Festivals: Athens & Epidaurus Festival, International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades, Rethymnon Renaissance Festival, and also in Europe: Lahti International Organ Festival of Finland, Palace Music Concert Series of Estonia, Organos Santamaria of Basilica di Santa Maria of Donostia - San Sebastián, Organ Recitals 2018 at London, Junge Hunde Entrescenen Festival in Denmark, and has appeared in numerous European countries in Art Projects, recitals and Chamber Music Concerts, in Belgium, Venice, Madrid, Amsterdam, Hamburg, a.o..

He collaborates with renowned orchestra Brussels Virtuosi and and famous flutist Marc Grauwels as well as with Estonian Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta and has collaborated with Swedish Chamber Orchestra ‘Musica Vitae’ and Estonian Baroque Ensemble ‘Floridante’. Nikos Spanatis has collaborated with all major Greek orchestras: Athens State Orchestra, Camerata - Friends Of Music Orchestra, Ergon Ensemble, Cyclades Festival Chamber Orchestra, ERT National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Colours, Athens Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Tiberiu Soare, George Petrou, Vassilis Christopoulos, Miltos Logiadis, Nicolas Vasiliou, Michalis Papapetrou etc.

He has performed the roles of: Pouh-Bah (“The Mikado” by Gilbert and Sullivan), Carpoforos and Messenger (“Erofili” by nikos Mamagkakis), Sorceress (“Dido and Aeneas” by Purcell), Marcellien -Twin Brother (“Le martyre de Saint Sébastien” by Cl. Debussy) Nireno (“Giulio Cesare” by Haendel), Pythie ("Le calame et la lyre" by Ev. Kokoris), and Ascanio (“Ascanio in Alba” by W. A. Mozart), Baba the Turk (“The Rake's Progress” by I. Stravinsky), Oberon (“Midsummer Night's Dream” by B. Britten) at the Greek National Opera Studio.

He has performed works of Greek composers such as Giorgos Koumendakis, Dimitris Papadimitriou, Dimitris Maragopoulos, Nikos Mamagakis, Nikos Kypourgos and has done recordings for labels MDG, IDAIA, and of Dimitris Papadimitriou’s "Aesop's fables". He has collaborated and been sponsored by TV5MONDE francophone international channel and Tricolore News.

He is Artistic Director and Singing Teacher at National Conservatory, Ymittos.


Ai Motohashi

 Ai Motohashi, piano

Pianist Ai Motohashi was born in Tokyo. She took her first piano lessons with her mother. At the age of 16 years old, she continued her studies at Σεηλικία 16 ετώνσυνέχισετιςσπουδέςτηςστις Detmold / Dortmund and Essen Music Schools, while she participated in masterclasses under the guidance of acclaimed artists and music educators.

She was awarded with first prize at PTNA international competitions of Tokyo (1993) and Pinerolo (1997) and third prize at Japan Classical Music Competion (1995) and Lions Club Herdecke (2002).

He has also been honored with the special prize of the Etlingen International Piano Competition. In 2002 he was awarded by the Soroptimist Club Dortmund as the best music graduate for that year and in 2003 with the Richard Wagner Scholarship.

She has performed as a soloist with orchestras and has given individual recitals and chamber musc concerts in Japan, USA, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Turkey and Greece collaborating with significant artists and orchestras. She has been an associate (piano accompaniment) to masterclasses of internationally acclaimed (J. Sulem and P. Rosenthal).

For the past five years she has been working with Leonidas Kavakos as a piano accompanist, as part of his international violin masterclass that takes place every year in Athens. She has participated in festivals in Greece, Germany, Italy, Turkey. It is also active in the area of chamber music.

Händel Rodelinda "Vivi Tiranno"
Cyclades Festival Orchestra


Mozart Ascanio "Al mio ben"
Brussels Virtuosi Orchestra

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Händel Rinaldo "Cara Sposa"
Cyclades Festival Orchestra


Gluck Orfeo "Ahime..Che farò"
Musica Vitae & Tiberiu Soare

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Mozart Mitridate "Venga pur"
Athens State Orchestra

2012 - 09 CARMINA D

Händel Partenope "Furibondo"
Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta

2014 - 12 - 15 Esthonoi 1

Händel Serse "Ombra mai fu"
Baroque Ensemble

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Koumendakis "Hedda Gabler"
Baroque Ensemble

2017 - 10 - 12 Rethymno Melacholia 1

Gounod "Serenade"
Dimitris Yakas, piano

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Barber "Un Cygne"
Dimitris Yakas, piano

2018 - 10 - 13 Brussels Thessaloniki 2

Monteverdi "Oblivion soave"
Effi Minakoulis, theorbo

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Philip Glass "Akhnaten"
Dimitris Yakas, piano

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Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Camerata Ensemble

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Britten Oberon's aria
Greek Opera Studio

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Nyman "if"
Sound Recording

8. Michael Nyman If from The Diary of Anne Frank

Pook "With Wand'ring Steps
F. Karayiannopoulos, guitars




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