ONE GROUP TRADITIONAL MUSIC
STATE CONSERVATORY OF THESSALONIKI
CYPRUS – Department of Arts European University of Cyprus
Traditional music from the Department of Arts of the European University of Cyprus
Anne Panteli vocals, Missoua Al Tawil violin,
Kirakos Argirou percussion, Dimitris Souroullas lute and vocals
Yasemin (Jasmin) (D)
Psintri vasilitzia mou (Dm)
Ta mathkia ta yalourika (Gm)
I vrisi ton Peyiotisson (Gm)
To tertin tis kardoulas mou (C)
Portokalia tou Karava (D)
Agapisa tin pou karkias (Cm)
Ta Ai Philippou (Cm)
Tessera tzie tessera (Cm)
The Thessaloniki State Conservatory
The Thessaloniki State Conservatory was founded in 1914, two years after the liberation of the city, as an initiative of the prime minister Eleftherios Venizelos, a fact that points out the importance of the existence of such a foundation in the just liberated city.
It is the only public Conservatory in Greece and is supervised and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Students enter the conservatory after passing the entry examinations. The studies are free.
In its long history the Conservatory has contributed the outmost to the cultural development of the city, contributing to the establishment of important cultural Foundations, such as the Thessaloniki State Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the Thessaloniki Opera etc. Among its directors and professors were famous artists and educators. Students who have graduated from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki had a distinguished carrier as soloists, composers, researchers, professors or music educators, in Greece and all over the world.
Its library is one of the most important musical libraries in Greece and has rare and original material.
The Thessaloniki State Conservatory, since its foundation in 1914 is a powerful cultural and educational pillar not only for the city of Thessaloniki, but also for the whole country.
During a calendar school year, the State Conservatory organizes numerous masterclasses and concerts with eminent Greek and/or foreign musicians, with a variety of interesting subjects, addressed not only to students but also to a wide audience of the friends of music of the city.
In the last four years, the T.S.C. organizes with great success an educational forum, where the lessons take place in an alternative approach. Seven days filled with workshops, concerts, lectures, improvisations, where professors, students and parents, but also the important guest musicians and educators of the city of Thessaloniki and Greece, exchange opinions and offer their knowledge and experience about education and the art of music. In order to gain a deeper awareness and better ability for cooperation, the professors leave their “class” and transfer their propositions to the Concert Hall of the State Conservatory, “Melina Merkouri”. A fruitful dialogue tries to give answers on matters that the students are in search of.
The T.S.C. has a strong cooperation with most of the cultural institutions of the city and Greece generally, emphasizing its constant and intense presence to the cultural life of the city.
The annual concert, organized since seven years now in cooperation with the Megaron (Music Hall) of Thessaloniki and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, is one of the most beloved and important events of the life of the Conservatory. Young talented students perform as soloists, after being chosen with an internal competition. The income of this concert go for the Conservatory and the participation and interest of the audience of Thessaloniki is great.
The T.S.C. supports various creative initiatives of its professors, such as the ensembles in residence: The Symphonic Orchestra of Chamber Music, “Contra Tempo”, conducted by Vladimiros Symeonidis, the Choral Musical Ensemble “Voci Contra Tempo”, conducted by Sophia Gioldasi and the String Ensembe “Rotonda”, conducted by Irina Dragneva.
The T.S.C. offers its cultural work also to sensitive social groups and spreads the musical education to the city, organizing educational programs for primary and secondary schools.
The success of the T.S.C. is supported also by the voluntary offer of its human sources – the teaching and administrative staff as well as of the students and their parents.