Commandaria Orchestra | Prize Winners’ Gala Concert | Nov. 14th, Limassol & Nov. 15th, Nicosia

Solon Michaelides Commandaria Orchestra Francis Guy

Commandaria Orchestra performs @

The Prize Winners’ Gala Concert

of the „Solon Michaelides“ Music Competitions

Monday | 14 November 2022 | Pattihio Municipal Theatre | Limassol | 20:30

Tuesday |15 November 2022 |Pallas Theater | Nicosia | 20:30


The winners of the “Solon Michaelides” Music Competitions will participate in concerts organized in Limassol and Nicosia.

Four talented young artists will perform as soloists with the Commandaria Orchestra, conducted by its conductor and artistic director Francis Guy, presenting four beautiful works for solo instruments and string orchestra.

The soloists are the Cypriot Zina Christodoulou, who will perform the first movement from the beautiful Marimba Concerto by the French Emmanuel Séjourné and the only 12-year-old Greek violinist Odysseas Tsakalides presenting the virtuoso Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Melodies) composed by Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate. Alexandre Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto in E flat major will be performed by the Israeli Zaki (Sachriel) Dvovetz and at the end of the concert, the 14-year-old Anna Avramidou, well-known to the Cypriot audience, will present the “Caprice-Valse”, otherwise known as “Wedding Cake,” by Camille Saint-Saëns.

The concert program though will begin with Solon Michaelides’s premier, “Fugue” for String Orchestra. The first half of the concert will end with the premiere of Michalis Andronikou‘s composition “De Profundis”, for violin and string orchestra, which is dedicated to Solon Michaelides. Both compositions will be conducted by maestro Mikis Michaelides and the violin soloist will be Mikel Michaelides.

Solon Michaelides Cultural Foundation

The Solon Michaelides Cultural Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 with the aim of revive, exploit and making the work of the composer Solon Michaelides known to the general public. The Foundation‘s aim is to become a cradle of musical culture and culture in general. The aim of the Foundation is to stand alongside talented children, students and young artists to support, promote and highlight them internationally.

Τhe Commandaria Orchestra

The Commandaria Orchestra was established in 2009 by The Cyprus Wine Museum.

The appellation of the Orchestra directly references the region where the Orchestra and The Cyprus Wine Museum are based, the Great Commandery of Cyprus (Kolossi Castle) which was founded by the Order of Saint John. Commandaria is also the unique sweet wine of Cyprus and one of the oldest wines in the world that Hesiod and Homer extolled.

The Commandaria Orchestra’s main target is the implementation of the visions of The Cyprus Wine Museum, including the spread of the musical culture of Cyprus. The rich repertoire of the orchestra includes masterpieces from the medieval ages until the present time. A number of premier compositions were performed and recorded, many of them dedicated to the orchestra.

The Conductor and Artistic Director of the Commandaria orchestra is maestro Francis Nectraios Guy.

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