The North Cyprus 8th
International Bellapais Music Festival is set to begin on Friday
May 21. The opening concert, at Bellapais Monastery, is set to
start 9.00 pm. Flautist Maris Geras and the Çukurova Symphony
Orchestra perform on the opening night. The festival organized by
the Music Foundation will feature singers and orchestras from the
North Cyprus, Turkey, UK, Russia, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Azerbaijan
The festival runs
until June 21 World Music Day when there will be a grand
closing concert by The Symphonic Band of Turkish Armed Forces
with the North Cypruss well-known home-grown piano talent, Rüya Taner,
Among the leading
names of classical music from around the world set to gather for
the Bellapais event, will be British violinist, Anya Birchall, who
will be accompanied by pianist Rosie Richardson on May 24.
The following day
will see a band concert by the musicians of the Cyprus Turkish
Eugene Mogilevski will take stage on May 27, and the German student of
world-famous baritone Placido Domingo, Ivo Berkenbusch, will
appear on May 31
On June 3, there
will be a performance by a renowned New Zealand accordion quartet,
followed on June 7 by the Hungarian duo of Monica Egri and Atilla
Pertis, with their piano recital 'Four Hands'.
flautist Sonat Sözer will play on June 10, accompanied by
Azerbaijani pianist Gülnare Ibrahimova, and on June 14 there will
be a concert by Turkish pianist Burçin Büke.
The Aylwin String
Quartet made up of members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Richard Aylwin (violin), Ruth Hudson (violin), Amanda Denley
(viola) and Janice Brodie (cello) will take the stage on June
One of the
sponsors of the festival, The North Cyprus Hotel Associations (KITOB),
will publish a special festival catalogue of the event. The cover
page of the catalogue, designed by Hikmet Uluçam, features a photo
taken by North Cyprus President Rauf R. Denktaş.
start at 9pm. Tickets cost 10 million TL and are available from
Green Jacket Bookshop
(Kyrenia), Oya Laboratory (Nicosia) and at the
Bellapais Abbey ticket office or on the door. Admission to the
concert on 25 May is free.