Ohrid, 9 August 2020 (MIA) – Greek violoncellist Christos Grimpas and pianist G.E. Lazaridis will give a concert Sunday, while the Drama Theater ensemble is set to stage the play ‘Miraculous Therapy’ as part of the Ohrid Summer Festival.
Both events will take place at the vestibule of St. Sophia Church, starting at 5 pm and 9 pm respectively.
The Greek musicians are set to perform pieces by Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky.
Christos Grimpas studied at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and the Universität der Künste in Berlin, further receiving his post graduate music degree from the Folkwang Hochschule Essen.
He was a member of the Rhineland Youth Orchestra, the International Youth Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra. Awards include prizes (Pan-Hellenic Competition for Young Soloists 1997, International Chamber Music Competition of HELEXPO 1998) as well as merit scholarships (the “Alexandra Trianti” Trust and the “Alexandros Onasis” Foundation).
He has performed as a soloist with the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the Municipal Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, the Teplice Philharmonic, the Harkovo Philarmonia, the Dnipno and Zaporizhia Philharmonic Orchestras and the Sofia Sinfonieta Orchestra.
With the Greek Radio Symphonic Orchestra he has recorded the Martinu Concerto for violoncello in 2002 and the F. Gulda concerto for cello and big band in 2018.
G.E. Lazaridis is a widely recognized multifarious personality, with 30 years of uninterrupted presence in the international music scene as a soloist, composer, educator and pioneer in the foundation and development of new cultural institutions.
Mentored by Yonty Solomon, Alfred Brendel and Domna Evnouhidou, Lazaridis is a graduate of the Royal College (Chapell Medal 2000) and Trinity College of Music, in London.
G.E. Lazaridis enjoys a flourishing international career that has taken him from USA and Mexico to Europe, Russia and the Middle East, in some of the most prestigious international music festivals such as the Chopin, Monterrei, Istanbul, Aix en Provence, and Swansea Festivals and in legendary venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Musikverein, St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
Between 2011 and 2013, he served as music director at the Demetria International Festival. From 2010 to 2019, he served as Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki Concert Halls Organization, where he led the foundation of new educational institutions such as the International Children Choirs Festival and “MOYSA” – an el sistema inspired youth symphony orchestra of 100 talented Greek musicians, aged 8 to 25 years old.
The play ‘Miraculous Therapy’, directed by Dimche Nikolovski, discusses the size of an intimate relationship between two people measured by answering the question: Can it survive outside of love?
The play stars Sonja Stamboldzhiska, Mala Veljkovikj ad Predrag Pavlovski.
It’s not recommended for persons under the age of 12.