Major figures of international music and distinguished Greek artists of international calibre joined the 6th Classical Music Festival of Koufonisia between 14-31 July, 2021.
After months with no art events, the festival sent a message of optimism with five outstanding concerts.
Five evenings of quality music addressed to all ages, to lovers and explorers of music: a lyrical song recital by the famous Russian diva Olga Peretyatko with Matthias Samuil at the piano; a piano recital by the famous Japanese-German soloist Alice Sara Ott; a piano recital with two great Russian performers, the world-renowned Boris Berezovsky and the brilliant Evelyne Berezovsky; a clarinet and piano recital with the eminent Greek performers Spyros Mourikis and Natalia Michailidou, respectively; and, for the first time in the fledging festival’s history, an evening of Greek poetry set to music—a journey from antiquity to this day, with music by Yorgos Kouroupos performed by the baritone Tassis Christogiannopoulos and the pianist Yannis Tsanakaliotis, with reciting by Ioulita Iliopoulou.
The official opening of this year’s event was preceded by an introductory educational action aimed at connecting the island’s youth with classical music:
In collaboration with the Athens State Orchestra and with support by the Municipal Enterprise of Naxos & Minor Cyclades, an educational programme was presented on June 11 for the pupils of the Primary School of Koufonisia by the “Metallon” sextet of brass wind and percussion instruments of the Athens State Orchestra. The next afternoon, on June 12, the ensemble gave a concert with free admission for the local residents.
With a track record of five annual events (2016-2020), the 6th Classical Music Festival of Koufonisia has established itself as one of the major summer cultural events in the country. With true devotion and consistency and despite the adverse conditions and the inevitable hit taken by cultural institutions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Festival managed to make its dynamic presence felt in 2020 as well, with a varied programme of events under the artistic direction of its founder, conductor and pianist Cornilios Michailidis.