Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Chœur d’Enfants d’Ile de France-Francis Bardot

Tuesday 26/7/2016, 21.00 - Catholic Cathedral Church of saint John the Baptist

Chœur dEnfants dIle de France

Maîtrise du Conservatoire Maurice Ravel de Levallois

Francis Bardot

 free entrance

Francis Bardot, a former professor in classics Latin and Greek literature, and in pedagogy at the Catholic Institute of Paris, created his very own children’s choir in 1969. Its name changed according to the several institutions to whom they have been associated since that year, but it remained, among musicians, as well as for the audience, Francis Bardot’s choir ; renowned for its round and strong vocal spectrum, the trustfulness and loyalty of its members, the exigence of the repertoire and quality of their performances.

It has been the Paris Opera children’s choir for over twenty years, as well as the choir of the Orchestre de Paris. Under Prof. Bardot’s direction, known to be a specialist in matters of children voices in France, the choir would gain recognition from the critics.

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For nearly half a century, touring on every continent, the children choir has sang under the direction of most famous wands (Mehta, Osawa, Barenboïm, Collins, Abbado, Kübelik, Maazel…), and provided such figures of lyrical music as William Christie or Philippe Herreweghe with singers and soloists; throughout its career, the choir sang alongside legends of lyrical arts among which stood for example Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Teresa Berganza, Jessye Norman and Natalie Dessay.

The Children Choir, which is subsidized by the city of Levallois, has been entitled for a decade to the city’s music and dramatic arts conservatory, of which Francis Bardot was also the director. Each of the hundred and ten members who evolve within the choir is given the opportunity to receive a custom vocal and musical education.

By the end of their curriculum within the children’s choir, singers can apply to the Jeune Choeur d’Ile de France. 

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Friday 29/7/2016, 20:30

 "Secrets of the Water"




Free entrance 


On Friday, July 29, 2016 Megaro Gyzi Festival presents the new artwork by Christos Kechagioglou entitled "Secrets of the Water".


The festival gives art lovers the opportunity to have the first contact with the newest section of the artist's works. The artist explores in this work, both thematically and artistically, the world of water. With his characteristic writing, he parallels poetic fluidity and charm of the aquatic world with our secret, inner world, the world of emotions and the unconscious.

In the words of Chris Kechagioglou: "Water is both the subject and the basic material of my new painting work. According to Dr Masaru Emoto, in his book "The Secret Message of Water", water through the transformations of its crystal structure, according to the different environments, listens, it has memory and registers. It is a mirror, and adjusts our feelings and thoughts. On the other hand, the water has an impressive visible presence in our world. It is the vast sea, lakes and rivers, the water in our everyday life, and the rain, snow and fog, the dew. Reassuring and mysterious, source and carrier of life and of painting, simultaneously within us and around us, we can see it as a huge laboratory of emotions. With my new work I attempt to withhold the secret messages and emotional responses of the color, as water passes through and shapes it."

Curator of exhibition

Nikos Delendas

Opening of exhibition

Friday July 29 at 20.30

Duration of exhibition

from July 29 until August 23, 2016

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Photos of exhibition's artworks: 




Αtelier KEX started 8 years ago with the encouragement of some young painters and friends, to explore, with my guidance, the world of painting.


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An original experimental workshop in painting practice was created. Avoiding the known and tedious, ineffective approach, I tried to create a spiritual environment, of exploration rather than apprenticeship in the strict sense, that offers to participants, and to me, above all, a way of a charming and adventurous deepening and review.

Regardless of age, experience and knowledge, everyone worked as a team based on our common love, in multiple levels of the magical world of painting. This exhibition, which presents work done in 2016, entitled "Holidays", is a first presentation of our effort.

Christos Kechagioglou, May 2016.


Manolis Kottoros

Τuesday 2/8/2016, 21:00  

Manolis Kottoros

 The musical centers of the Aegean

free entrance                                                                                

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The musical "Musical centers of the Aegean" attempts to create a map of the Greek music of the Aegean islands. Virtuoso violinist Manolis Kottoros, with many appearances in Greece and abroad and profound knowledge of Greek traditional music, emphasizing in the differences of each region, edits and performs the musical narrative of the elements that influenced and shaped the islands musical production. Performed in a contemporary style, but with respect to each local musical idiom, we will enjoy suites from the most important musical centers of the Aegean Sea. 

is accompanied by the musicians: 

 Manolis Kottoros  violin    

Natasha Kotsopoulou  santouri 

 Apostle Karpontinis  lute 

 John Plagiannakos  bass 

 Michael Bakalis  percussion 



Anna Nechaeva & Transcription Ensemble

Friday  5/8/2016, 21.00 

Anna Nechaeva

& Transcription Ensemble

free entrance


Internationally acclaimed soprano, Anna Nechaeva, is coming for a concert in Greece as a guest of the Gyzi Megaron Festival. Born in Saratov, Russia she has been a soloist with the Opera of St. Petersburg since 2003, where she appeared as Tatiana ( "Eugene Onegin", Tchaikovsky), Lauretta ( "Gianni Schicchi", Puccini) and performed the leading part in Puccini’s "Suor Angelica" and "Madama Butterfly", but also Xenia in Mussorgsky’s " Boris Godunov ".


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From 2008 to 2011 she was a soloist at the Mikhaylovsky Theatre, where her repertoire included Nedda ( "I Pagliacci", Leoncavallo), Tatiana ("Eugene Onegin", Tchaikovsky), Rusalka in Dvořák’s "Rusalka", and Rachel in Halevy’s "La Juive”. In 2012 she made her debut at the famous Bolshoi Theatre, as Nastasya  ("The Enchantress", Tchaikovsky). That same year she became a soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre, where she presented roles like Iolanta (Iolanta, Tchaikovsky), Liu (Turandot, Puccini), Yaroslavna (Prince Igor, Borodin), Elisabeth of Valois (Don Carlo, Verdi), Micaela (Carmen, Bizet), Doña Anna (The Stone Guest, Dargomyzhsky), while in Bolshoi’s show "The Fables of the Vixen, the Duckling and Balda " she presented Prokofiev’s " The Ugly Duckling ".

Accompanying her, the Transcription Ensemble, an ensemble that holds an important place in artistic events, with successful performances in Greece and abroad, consisting of distinguished musicians Salvatore Emanuel de Oliviera, George Kandylidis, Emilia Goch, Chris Grimbas and Nick Zafranas.


Salvatore Emanuel de Oliviera, violin

George Kandylidis, violin

Emilia Goch, viola

Christos Grimbas, violoncello

Nick Zafranas, piano


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Baroque music concert

Tuesday 9/8/2016, 21.00



free entrance


A recital for baroque violin and cembalo, with works that highlight the virtuosity and sonic richness of these two instruments.

The historic interpretation, nowadays, has a prominent position in the global music scene. More and more are attracted to the works of the baroque period.

This happens as this approach highlights the vitality, the contrasts, as well as the primordial beauty of the 17th and 18th century works, two centuries of enormous importance for the history and evolution of music.

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Cembalist and pianist, Gerasimos Hoidas, studied cembalo, continuo bass and pipe organ in Lemmensinstituut and the Royal Music Academy of Antwerp in Belgium. He has collaborated, among others, with the State Orchestra of Athens and Thessaloniki, the Camerata Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of ERT. He is the director of the vocal music ensemble Corpus Minor and artistic director of the chamber orchestra Baroque Project Orchestra.

The violinist and singer, Anastasia Miliori, studied baroque violin at the Music Academy of Trossingen and vocals at the Music Academy of Stuttgart. She collaborated with the global youth orchestra Jeunesse Musicale, and baroque orchestras: Laudamus Te, Collegium Musicum Stuttgart, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of Patras. She performs baroque works as a soloist and as a member of musical sets.


Anastasia Miliori, baroque violin

Gerasimos Hoidas, cembalo


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"with two quitars..."

Friday 12/8/2016, 21.00

"with two quitars"


Kitrina Podilata


special guest : Vasilis Kazoullis


free entrance 

The favourite rock band is visiting Santorini as part of their successful tour for their alternative album "Kitrina Podilata - the acoustic project".

The two artists, Alexander and George Pantelias, "translate" the melodies and strong messages of their songs in a purely acoustic sound and invite us all in a single-special concert!


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Kitrina Podilata promise a special evening in one of the most beautiful islands in the world, having as their guest, the beloved songwriter, Vasilis Kazoullis!

This beautiful, dynamic company, especially for the August 12 concert, hopes to prove the internal force and meaning of its songs over the strings of two guitars!



Trio Manesis-Gyftakis-Gouliaris

Tuesday 16/8/2016, 21.00

Trio Manesis-Gyftakis-Gouliaris


free entrance 


The three great Greek musicians, already with rich activity in Greece and abroad, met in 2012 and from the first moment create an intense chemistry, which is obvious in their live performances in Athens and in Greek festivals.

Nowadays the trio is one of the most important Greek jazz piano trio. It is a modern trio with many influences from the great of its kind and clear references to the tradition of jazz playing. Constant interplay along with the high level of musical skills and improvisations, result in elements of surprise, diversity in creation of musical images and imagination in narrative.




Their repertoire includes the trio’s original compositions and jazz standards, used as a starting point to lead to different music venues.

In 2015 the Trio Manesis / Gyftakis / Gouliaris was awarded the First Prize at the 1st Greek jazz competition, the Apollon Jazz Competition Greece.


Spyros Manesis, piano-compositions

Arion Gyftakis, contrabass-compositions

Anastasis Gouliaris, drums-compositions


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Each night is only a page ...

Friday 19/8/2016, 21.00


Each night is only a page ... 


free entrance 


Several years after their first and successful cooperation, Nena Venetsanou and Notis Mavroudis reunite their artistic forces, with concerts in Greece and abroad.




With her unique voice Nena Venetsanou, composer-guitarist Notis Mavroudis and guitarist George Tosikian will present a programme based on two guitars and songs that connect two different, yet so similar, creators, who for decades have been using poetry, to express the dreams, hopes and sorrows of the soul.

Songs delivered by Nena’s Venetsanou passionate voice, accompanied by Notis Mavroudis and George Tosikian, who have formed a small orchestra with their guitars, but also duets with compositions and covers, of the Greek repertoire (Mavroudis, Venetsanou, Hatzidakis) and of Latin America. The three artists through their music, act as a cure for the mind and heart in these troubled times, but also highlight the deeper beauty of music, words and their meaning, reminding us that the Art can resist against ugliness and decadence.


Notis Mavroudis

Nena Venetsanou

George Tosikian





"Santorini, the most brilliant jewel in the Aegean”

Saturday 20/8/2016, 21:00

"Santorini, the most brilliant jewel in the Aegean”


Book Presentation 


Giannis Kokkalakis


free entrance






Tuesday 23/8/2016, 21:00


free entrance


On Tuesday, August 23, Gyzi Megaron Festival presents a concert with members of the International Music Competition Committee "The Muse". It is a great pleasure to see together for the first time on stage violinist Natasha Korsakova, cellist Christophor Miroshnikov and pianist Natalia Miroshnikova. The three musicians will present in duets Prokofiev’s sonata for cello, the Bach’s Chaconne, Passacaglia for violin and cello (Handel / Halvorsen) and Piazzolla's "Seasons of Buenos Aires" arranged for piano trio.


Natasha Korsakova, violin

Christophor Miroshnikov, violoncello

Natalia Miroshnikova, piano


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Musical excellence and friendliness…

Friday 26/8/2016, 21.00   

Musical excellence and friendliness…


Ile-de-France Youth Choir


Francis Bardot



free entrance


The Jeune Chœur d’Ile de France (Ile-de-France Youth Choir), founded in 1999, is a natural extension of the Chœur dEnfants dIle de France (Ile-de-France Childrens Choir).

The young men and women in the choir, who range from 16 to 25 years of age, receive a high standard of training in vocal technique. They most often perform with their own soloists, some of which have successfully launched a professional career.


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Since its inception, the Jeune Chœur d’Ile de France has received well-deserved notice in rarely performed and complex works, such as Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Gloria, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross, Duruflé’s Requiem, Bach Matthäus Passion and Guy Ropartz’s Mass in honor of Saint Anne.

The choir’s annual tours have taken them to many countries, including the US, Canada, and Greece – also the destination of numerous music-themed trips over recent years.


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Greeting of Catholic Bishop of Syros, Santorini and Crete

Dear friends,

It is with great pleasure and honor I welcome all of you to yet another festival, an institution and tourist attraction for 35 years, carried out in Megaro Gyzi, one of the few historic 17th century mansions that survived the 1956 earthquake.

Gyzi Megaro Festival 2016 will take place from July 26 to August 26 with free admission to all events, thanks to the full support of the Catholic Diocese of Santorini, with a programme, embracing as always, all kinds of musical creation, art and photo exhibitions.

At this point, I would like to welcome to the Megaro Gyzi family, Konstantinos Grigoriou and George Roussos, new artistic directors of the festival, who, as of this year, have undertaken to continue the important work of its organization, promotion and realization. Two people with intense activity in the artistic and creative field, as well as in administration and management of cultural and educational units.

In conclusion, I would like to announce the expansion of the cultural events held at the Gyzi Megaro Cultural Centre, over a period that will extend throughout the year, making it not only an institution and a destination for visitors, but also a cultural center that aims to the island’s  continuous and substantial upgrade.

Peter Stefanou

 Catholic Bishop of Syros, Santorini and Crete

Artistic Directors Greetings

We are extremely honored to undertake this year’s Gyzi Megaron Festival artistic direction. With responsibility and respect we are to continue an institution that already counts more than 3 decades in the island's cultural life, including a number of various events in the summer, which the inhabitants of this unique island as well as numerous guests, have embraced and encouraged since the beginning. 

We intend to do our best to maintain the festival’s high quality, with the participation of recognized, prestigious artists. The concerts will continue to cover all kinds of musical creation, both Greek and foreign, as well as art and photography exhibitions. We also wish to enrich these events with theatrical performances as well as speech nights. Our goal is the organization of events throughout the year and particularly during the winter, emphasizing on educational events, bringing the children into contact with the fine arts, as well as presenting and promoting young artists.

For this year, the Gyzi Megaron Festival has been included in the events that accompany "Greece-Russia 2016", with the support of the Foreign Ministries of both countries, and since 2015, has been part of the EFFE Programme ("Europe for Festivals, Festival for Europe"), which consists of festivals of artistic quality and have an impact on local, national and international level.

As the new Gyzi Megaron Festival’s artistic directors, we would like to express our gratitude to Mrs. Tereza Kokkalakis,  founder and first artistic director of the festival, who, with enthusiasm and great sense of responsibility, contributed to this island’s cultural development, as well as Mr. Yiannis Papakonstantinou who succeeded her, and by broadening the horizon and the festival’s collaborations, he made it into an international cultural event that attracts artists from every corner of the world.

George Roussos

Konstantinos Grigoriou

Artistic Directors