Spring Organ Series 2015
29 March, 5 & 6 April

Sunday 29 March at 20:30

Michael König, organ (Austria)

Irini Karaianni, mezzo soprano (Greece)

Works by J. S. Bach, Pergolesi, Haydn, Puccini, Mascagni, Fauré, including the world premiere of J. Kobald's "Anima Christi (Soul of Christ)".

Austrian concert organist Michael Koenig has a busy schedule of performance activities in his homeland and abroad, both as an organ soloist and as a chamber musician. His recent appearances include venues in Innsbruck (Austria), Athens (Greece), Igualada (Catalonia), Uppsala (Sweden), Salisbury (UK) and Lagos (Nigeria). For the next season performances are planned in the United States, Indonesia and France, among others. Besides his career as an organist, Michael works also as an orchestral and choral conductor. Furthermore he is a faculty member of the Church Music School of the Catholic Diocese of Innsbruck, Austria, and he also works as a recording producer for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF). From 2002 to 2005 Michael was the conductor of the Innsbruck University Symphony Orchestra. From 2007 to 2010 he served as artistic director of the chamber choir "Tiroler Motettenchor Stadt Wörgl", and from 2004 to 2009 he was Organist and Director of Music at Holy Trinity Jesuit Church in Innsbruck.

Greek mezzo soprano Irini Karaianni has followed a very diverse career that brought her in major opera houses including the Teatro alla Scala, Opera di Roma, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Oper Frankfurt and the Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv. An important part of her activity is dedicated to the music of the 18th century and has participated in award winning recordings of works by Haendel receiving praise from the international press as one of today's foremost interpreters of his music.

Palm Sunday 5 April at 20:30

Camerata Pätzold (Austria)

Dieter Pätzold, saxophone

Valentina Pätzold, violin

Raphael Pätzold, double bass

Nikodemus Pätzold, organ

Works by Franz, Zebinger, Dietrich Buxtehude, Tomasi, Albinoni, G. F. Händel, J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, Reger, Schubert, Clara Schumann,among others.

The Austrian family music Camerata Pätzold was founded ιν 2008 by the cardiologist and saxophonist Dieter Pätzold (studied with Prof. Oto Vrhovnik) together with his children Valentina Pätzold (born 2003), Raphael Pätzold (born 1997) and Nikodemus Pätzold (born 1995). Nikodemus studies the organ with Prof. Ulrike Theresia Wegele at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt. Valentina studies the violin with Prof. Regina Brandstätter at the Graz University of Music and Raphael studeis the double bass with Prof. Tim Dunin also at Graz University of Music.

The Camerata Pätzold play different styles, including traditional music from Vienna. They have given a lot of concerts in Austria and abroad, including Romania, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Albania and Greece.

Monday 6 April at 20:30

Matteo Galli, organ (Italy)

Jannis Agraniotis, organ (Greece)

Works by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Matteo Galli born in 1971, got his diploma in organ and composition at the "G. Nicolini" Conservatoire of Piacenza. He attended specialisation courses, with Ch. Stembridge, E. Kooiman, M. Torrent and M. Radulescu. He concertises in Europe, USA and Russia as a soloist as well as in cooperation with vocal and instrument ensemble. He is the principal organist and music director at the Basilica di Santa Maria presso San Satiro and the Basilica of San Giorgio al Palazzo, both in the center of Milan. He has performed with the jazz saxophonist Emanuele Cisi and he forms a duo with pianist Francesco Attesti. He is often invited to give master-classes in conservatoires and music schools. He has founded and conducts the instrumental ensemble Academia Sancti Satyri mediolani and the cultural society Le Voci della Città (City Voices), one of the most important ensembles in Milan. He is the artistic director of the didactical and musical programs at the Museum of Musical instruments of Milan serving thousands of children, schools, families and mentally disabled people.

Jannis Agraniotis was born in Athens in 1983 and started studying the violin at an early age with Vladislav Halapsis. After graduating with honors and prizes in Youth Competitions such as the "Jugend Musiziert " and "Classical Heritage" in Moscow, he continued his studies in Germany at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre in the class of the late Professor Werner Scholz. He graduated in 2009. He attended master classes with Professors Heime Mueller, Ivan Zenaty, Sergei Kravtchenko, Petru Munteanu and with the Petersen String Quartett . The work with Eberhard Feltz in Berlin has also been a major artistic influence. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in all major concert halls in Greece. In 2011 he founded the Saronic Chamber Music Festival and has been its co-director since then. He regularly collaborates with artists like Benjamin Bowman, Caspar Frantz, Bogdan Bozovic, Steven Dann, Rebekka Markowski and others. Since 2010 he plays in different projects of the Greek National Opera.  He plays a violin made especially for him by Stephan von Baehr, Paris 2010.


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Dates:29 March, 5 & 6 April


Artistic Director:Christina Antoniadou

Organised by:specs 'n' arts

With the support of:Austrian Embassy in Athens

Venue:St Paul's Anglican Church

Address:27, Philhellinon str., Athens