Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra


Sunday 12 May
20:00 - 21:30


Warehouse C (Port of Thessaloniki)


Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra

The concert bridges the traditions of the western and the traditional Balkan music.

In the first part we’ll enjoy works by classical composers based on traditional Balkan melodies, while the second part is inspired by music of the multicultural Izmir of the early 20th century.

Programme 1st part:

Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances

Pancho Vladigerov: Pesen (from Bulgarian Suite)

Yannis Konstantinides: Dodecanesian Suite



Simos Papanas, violin

Kyriakos Gouventas, traditional violin

Aurelia Vişovan, piano

Participating too:

Eftychia Talakoudi, violin

David Bogorad, viola

Myrto Talakoudi, cello

Charalambos Chimarios, double bass

Simos Papanas, violin

Simos Papanas was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1979. He has studied violin, baroque violin, composition and mathematics at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Oberlin College and Yale University. He studied violin with Petar Arnaoudov, Taras Gabora and Erick Friedman, baroque violin with Marilyn McDonald and composition with Christos Samaras.

He has played as a soloist with orchestras such as the Staatskaplle Dresden, the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Kammerorchester Basel, the Geneva Camerata, the Athens and Thessaloniki State Orchestras, the National  Symphony Orchestra of the Greek Radio, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Sofia Soloists, the Cyprus Symphony, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest German Symphony Orchestra, the American Bach Soloists and the Philharmonia Moments Musicaux (Taiwan). He has recorded as a soloist for Deutsche Grammophon, BIS and Centaur. He has performed in festivals such as Verbier (Switzerland), Schlesswig-Holstein (Germany), Savannah Music Festival (U.S.A.), Sommets Musicaux Gstaad (Switzerland), the international violin festival of St. Petersburg, the Athens Festival and the Tokyo Music Festival. He has given masterclasses at the Louisiana State University, the Soochow University (Taipei, Taiwan), the University of Macedonia (Greece), the Pancho Vladigerov National Academy (Sofia, Bulgaria), the University of Thessaly (Greece) and several music festivals.  His compositions have been performed and recorded around the world (U.S.A., Russia, Canada, Peru, Iran, Japan, Taiwan and most European countries), in prestigious concert halls such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the National Concert Hall of Taipei.

Since 2003 he has been concertmaster of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra.

Kyriakos Gouventas, traditional violin

Born in 1966 in Thessaloniki. He studied Theory of Music and violin at the Conservatoire of Northern Greece and collaborated with the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki as well as with chamber music ensembles. He is a member of the Ensemble of Traditional Music of the municipality of Thessaloniki.

Since 1980 he has collaborated with many musicians and orchestras in Greece and abroad, in traditional music concerts, but also in classical music, rebetika, and entechno music concerts. He has taken part in more than a thousand concerts and musical events, as well as in numerous recording sessions.

Founder member of the orchestra Estoudiantina Neas Ionias. He was also chosen by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, to represent Greek traditional music in the Festival ‘Geniuns of the violin’ (2004).

He teaches the violin at the Department of Traditional Music of the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus in Arta, and has also taught at the Department of Musical Science and Art of the University of Macedonia. He also teaches at the Athens Conservatoire and at the ‘Philippos Nakas’ Conservatoire in Thessaloniki.

Aurelia Vişovan, piano

Aurelia Vişovan is an internationally acclaimed Romanian pianist, harpsichordist and fortepianist, currently teaching piano and chamber music at the University for Music in Nuremberg and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Concerts and recitals in halls such as the Großer Saal of the Berliner Philharmonie, Brucknerhaus Linz, Casa da Musica Porto or  Romanian Atheneum. Soloist with the Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Dresden, the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Seto Philharmonic Orchestra,  Das Sinfonieorchester Berlin, among others, conducted by Horia Andreescu, Gabriel Bebeșelea, Cristian Mandeal or Naoto Otomo. World premiere of the Piano Concerto by George Enescu in 2017. CD recording for KNS Classical with three works performed on three different historical instruments. Over 25 competition prizes, among them the 1st Prize in the Santa Cecilia International Piano Competition in Porto, the 5th Prize in the 4th Takamatsu International Piano Competition and the 2nd prize in the Paola Bernardi International Harpsichord Competition in Bologna. Aurelia Vișovan has studied with Adriana Bera, Monica Chifor and Gerda Türk in her native country and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Martin Hughes (piano) and Gordon Murray (harpsichord).