UNREQUITED LOVE AND PARTINGS
ART-SONG AND PIANO RECITAL

Thursday, 28 May 2015 8:30 pm
Pallas Cinema-theatre, Lefkosia

Saturday, 30 May 2015 8:30 pm
Technopolis 20, Paphos


PROGRAMME


Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte, op. 98
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, op. 81a ‘Les Adieux’
Schumann: Dichterliebe, op. 48

Christian Zenker | TENOR |
Nicolas Costantinou| PIANO |

BIOGRAPHIES

Christian Zenker

Throughout his career Christian Zenker has appeared with important orchestras and opera companies throughout Europe. As an accomplished oratorio interpreter, he has appeared in venues and festivals such as the Brucknerhaus (Austria), the Thomaskirche (Leipzig), the Opera of Bonn, the Laeisz-Halle (Hamburg), the Musikfestspiele (Dresden), the Handel Festival (Halle), the Haydn Festspiele Eisenstadt, the Theater an der Wien (Vienna) and the Frauenkirche (Dresden). He has worked with a number of today ‘s established contemporary conductors such as Dennis Russell Davies, Fabio Luisi, Philippe Herreweghe, Christoph Hammer, Andreas Spering, Hansjörg Albrecht, Michael Schneider and Michi Gaigg and collaborated with orchestras such as the Bruckner-Orchester, the L‘Orfeo Barockorchester (Austria), the Beethoven-Orchester (Germany), the Dresdner Kapellsolisten of the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Staatskapelle Halle, and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. His extensive concert repertoire ranges from the part of the Evangelist in the Oratorios of J. S. Bach to works by Monteverdi, Telemann, Händel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Frank Martin, Honegger, Britten to name a few. In addition, he has recorded for the labels Oehmsclassics, Sony BMG/Arte Nova and Sony/Harmonia Mundi Deutschland. A new album featuring Telemann’s and C.P.E. Bach’s Kapitänsmusiken was released in 2014. 

Mr. Zenker began his career as a member of the Innsbruck Tiroler Landestheater under the direction of Mezzo-soprano Ks. Brigitte Fassbaender. From 2006, he has been been singing for the Landestheater Linz where was entrusted with important roles such as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Cassio in Otello, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Symon in Der Bettelstudent. His successful performances in Linz have led to other engagements including the 2007 production of Wiener Blut as Count Zedlau with the Seefestspiele Mörbisch directed by Maximilian Schell. At the same time, he was featured in numerous radio and television broadcasts throughout Germany and Austria. In the 2009 season Mr. Zenker returned to Landestheater Linz to perform, amongst others, Zapo in the world premiere of Constantinos Stylianous’s Picknick im Felde. As a result, he was invited to Cyprus for concerts, where he periodically returns for performances with renowned Cypriot pianist Nicolas Costantinou to critical acclaim. 

In addition, Mr. Zenker is an ardent performer of Art-song (lied) dedicating a lot of his time in performing the exquisite cycles of Schubert (Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise), of Schumann (Dichterliebe) and of Beethoven (An die ferne Geliebte). 

Nicolas Costantinou

Dr. Nicolas Costantinou has given numerous concerts in Austria, Cyprus, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Portugal, Turkey, Switzerland, the UK and the USA and regularly appears in prestigious halls such as Wigmore Hall, the Brahms Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna, the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, and the grand Hall of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He is regularly invited to perform at international festivals around Europe such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Oulunsalo Soi Music Festival (Finland), the Gödöllő Chamber Music Festival (Hungary), the Ledra Music Soloists International Chamber Music Festival and the Kypria Festival (Cyprus). His debut in London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall was received with favourable reviews. He has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, the Budapest Concert Orchestra, the Failoni Chamber Orchestra, and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, with maestros such as Konrad von Abel, Juri Gilbo, Esa Heikkilä, Notis Georgiou, Spiros Pisinos, Maciej Zoltowski and Ayis Ioannides. In the field of chamber music, he has performed with Gustav Rivinius, Erkki Rautio, David Cohen, Péter Somodari, Vilmos Szabadi, Tytus Miecznikowski, Gábor Varga, Francesco Quaranta, Wolfgang Schroeder, Margarita Elia, Kyros Patsalides, Chloë Hanslip, Kazuhiro Tagaki, and the Meta4 and Akadémia String quartets. He regularly performs works by Cypriot composers in Cyprus and abroad including a number of world premieres. Dr Costantinou has recently performed for the first time in Cyprus Beethoven’s complete works for piano and violin with violinist Nikos Pittas.

Nicolas Costantinou graduated from the Greek Hellenic Academy of Music, the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Szeged, the Ferenc Liszt University of Music in Budapest summa cum laude and holds a Master of Music in Performance from the U.S. Cleveland Institute of Music. Recently, he has been awarded a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) from London’s Royal College of Music under the supervision of Prof. Paul Banks, Dr. Julian Jacobson and Dr. Jane Roper. His thesis is entitled The Chamber Music of Ernő Dohnányi; Tradition, Innovation and ‘Hungarianness’. He has also studied with Márta Gulyás, Dr. Daniel Shapiro, Sándor Falvai, Ferenc Kerek, Tania Economou and Wanda Economou-Constantinou and he has participated in master classes held by acknowledged pianists such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Nicolas Economou, Vadim Suchanov and Ferenc Rádos.



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