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The festival

Eleven years of classical creation in the "Noblesse of Cyclades"!

International Music Festival of Cyclades

Syros, the capital of the Cyclades, hosts for the last 11 years the most prestigious classical event of the Aegean. The International Classical Music festival of the Cyclades brings together world renown soloists and ensembles, providing the solid ground for international chamber music creativity and presenting masterclasses and concerts to a wide audience from all over the world, the mission of the festival being to promote the art of classical music.

It has been eleven years since the cultural vision of four friends and their love for classical music was streamed towards one of the most beautiful Aegean islands. The International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades (ICMFC) was inaugurated in 2004 in the "Noblesse of the Cyclades", as the locals call the island of Syros, by Fotis Karayannopoulos, Kostas Fotopoulos, George Foufopoulos and the violinist Yannos Margaziotis, Concertmaster with the Greek National Opera Orchestra and Artistic Director of the festival. During these years, numerous acclaimed soloists and ensembles such as Leonidas Kavakos, Mihaela Martin, Philippe Graffin, Stephan Picard, Per Enoksson, Nobuko Imai, Hariolf Schlichtig, Diemut Poppen, Frans Helmerson, Leonardo Altino, Leo Winland, Marko Ylönen, Nikolas Kavakos, Bruno Weinmeister, Michael Wolf, Thierry Barbé, Spyros Mourikis, Michel Lethiec, Tolga Alpay, Radovan Vlatcovic, Hector Mc Donald, Costas Cotsiolis, Dimitris Sgouros, Janis Vakarelis, Claire Désert, Katrine Gislinge, Simone Leitao, Vassiliki Karayanni, Irene Karayanni, Elena Kelessidi, Dimitris Platanias, Christophe Delporte, Royal Danish Orchestra, Swedish Musica Vitae Orchestra, National Opera of Greece, Athens Camerata - the Friends of Music Orchestra, Michelangelo string quartet, New Hellenic quartet, Storioni trio, Artis piano trio, Camerata Smyrna wind quintet have performed at the Festival.

In August 2014 the ICMFC celebrated its 10th anniversary and the 150 years from the inauguration of Apollo Theatre of Hermoupolis, with an Opera Gala performed by the Camerata of the Royal Danish Orchestra (Det Kongelige Kapel), in collaboration with leading Greek soprano of the Greek National Opera, Vassiliki Karayanni.

The Royal Danish Orchestra is the world's oldest orchestra, dating back to 1448 to when it served King Christian I as the Royal Court Trumpet Corps. Many great conductors and composers have over the years worked with the Royal Danish Orchestra, among others Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache and Daniel Barenboim. The orchestra is famed in particular for its string timbre and enjoys privileged access to an exclusive collection of stringed instruments by the great Italian masters. Today, the orchestra performs symphonic concerts and accompanies opera and ballet performances at the Royal Danish Theatre. The orchestra has conducted numerous concert tours, performing at the Wiener Musikverein and New York's Lincoln Center Festival, among other places.

The festival opened with a homage concert to the Greek composer, Manos Hatzidakis, given by the Athens Mandolinata quintet in collaboration with singer Ioanna Forti.

As every year, this year's festival features distinguished artists such as the Swedish Musica Vitae Orchestra, under the baton of internationally acclaimed Rumanian conductor Tiberiu Soare, as well as Greek violinist Yiannos Margaziotis, concertmaster of the National Greek Opera Orchestra and artistic director of the International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades, the leading Greek soprano Vassiliki Karagianni and famous Greek counter tenor Nikos Spanatis.

All events will be held in the Apollo Theatre of Syros, an architectural masterpiece of the 19th century, which is placed in the centre of the capital town of Syros, Hermoupoulis, and is a miniature replica of La Scala di Milan.

Reviving the european musical tradition of the 19th century in the city of Hermoupolis, the Festival offers a unique experience for classical music lovers. Alongside, it is an excellent option for those wishing to combine their sea-and-sun holidays in the Cyclades with a classical music event of excellence.