NAFTEMPORIKI NEWSPAPER • Saturday, July 6, 2013
MYKONIAN musical evening in the "1st Festival of Athens School of Fine Arts Station»
Saturday, 06 July 2013 10:30
Aiming to become the beginning of an institution - an active member of the society and the artistic avant-garde, the "Festival of Athens School of Fine Arts Around Greece" is organized for the first time by the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and "Petit Opera du Monde".
With perfomances around six Greek locations which act as creative cores of both the students and teachers of the ASFA, the festival starts from “Grypareio Cultural Center” of Mykonos, where the counter tenor Nikos Spanatis and harpsichord Katerina Ktona will present a program of Elizabethan music, entitled "Singing in the yard of Elizabeth I," Sunday, July 7 at 21:30 pm.
Nikos Spanatis, counter tenor, and Katerina Ktona, harpsichord, will perform well-known songs from Shakespeare's plays and traditional English melodies of important Elizabethan composers, such as William Byrd, John Dowland, Robert Johnson, Martin Peerson, Thomas Morley and others. The sensitive counter tenor's voice and the gentle harpsichord sound promise a special musical evening.
Nikos Spanatis has appeared as soloist in Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Greek National Opera, the Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls, the Onassis Cultural Center, the 6th Aegina International Music Festival, as well as abroad in the Junge Hunde International Festival Entrescenen in Denmark, the Basilica of Saint Marcus' Cathedral in Venice. In addition he appears frequently in Art Projects in Greece and in other European Countries (Amsterdam, Stuttgard, Madrid), in concerts with distinguished pianists and in Chamber Music Concerts. He was born in Frankfurt. He has studied singing with Aris Christofelis, Roza Poulimenou in the Department of Music Studies, Ionion University and as well with soprano Mata Katsuli in Philipos Nakas Concervatory where was awarded the Diploma in Classical Solo Singing (1st Prize & first class honours). He is a PhD Candidate in Ionian University Department of Music Studies and Artistic Director at the National Concervatory, Ymittos.
Katerina Ktona was born in Athens. She received a piano diploma (1st Prize) from the Athens Conservatory. With a scholarship from the German government, DAAD, she specialized in harpsichord and clavichord with Hedwig Bilgram at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Munich, where she graduated in 1976 with the highest dinstiction. She has also attended seminars with Kenneth Gilberd in Belgium and Ton Koopman in Scotland. In 1977 she has started her professional career in Greece. She has collaborated with several international artists such as Marcel St-Cyr, Roberto Fabbriciani, Carlo Denti, and Nicolas Kynaston with whom she has presented works for organ and harpsichord.
K.Ktona is harpsichord professor at the Nakas Conservatory.