Greek Flute Concert - Ria Georgiadis & Sven Birch

Published: 7th Feb, 2017

Danish pianist SVEN BIRCH received his musical education in Aarhus, where he obtained the soloist diploma. Several scholarships enabled him to study in Vienna with Prof Alexander Jenner. Masterclasses with distinguished pianists Tatjana Nicolajewa, Conrad Hansen, John Lill, Leonid Brumberg, Peter Feuchtwanger. Birch is a much asked for musician with a broad repertoire. He is a soloist, chamber music player, accompanist and conductor. Birch is a member of the `George Crumb Trio´ Linz, and the `Ensemble Nord´ Copenhagen. He is a piano professor at the Anton Bruckner University and is head of the keyboard Institute. He has also taught in the Royal Conservatory Copenhagen, and the Mozarteum Salzburg. He is frequently invited to give Masterclasses and has made several CD-, TV-and Radio recordings (BBC, NDR, WDR, DR, NRK, SR, ORF, Magyar Televízió, Radio Island, RKB (Japan), and TV Globo (Brazil). Moreover he is a composer and editor of a series of pedagogical piano music at `Universal Edition Wien´ and `Zimmermann Frankfurt´. He studied conducting with GMD Janos Fürst and has been his assistant at the Aalborg Symfonieorkester (DK). Greek-Austrian flutist RIA GEORGIADIS is a versatile musician with a broad repertoire, showing particular interest in promoting new compositions. Critics praise her “full, evocatively lucid and flexible sound” and “exemplary technique”. She has a busy concert schedule. Apart from a number of scholarships and prizes, her artistic background also features various recordings for the Greek and Austrian Radio. Born in Thessaloniki, Ria Georgiadis received her musical education in her home town (New Conservatory Thess,), in Linz, Austria – Anton Bruckner University, and Germany, at the University of Music Freiburg, (class Robert Aitken). Furthermore she attended postgraduate studies in “Breathing and Voice Education for Windplayers” with Dr Bernhard Riebl at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Additional studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen - Kathinka Pasveer and Janos Balint (Budapest) have been of formative influence. Master Classes with distinguished flutists  have been a constant source of inspiration. A central pillar of her artistic output is the creative cooperation with young composers. A great number of compositions have been dedicated to and premiered by her. A special field of her interest is the application and crosslinking of knowledge and findings gained in various fields of science in order to permeate and promote musical and music-related educational contents. She is a relaxation pedagogue focusing on relaxation and differentiated tension techniques for musicians. Currently she is working on a research project examining the effects of Mental Training on Muscle Tone Economy in flute playing. Ria Georgiadis is teaching flute at the Department of Music Studies of the Ionian University, Greece. Concert and Workshop RIAM Organ Room, Friday 10th February from 7.00 pm Concert Programme Christos Samaras (1956): Urbanneludium (2006) for alto flute and piano Dimitris Economou (1984): CCfuse (2008) for flute solo Evangelia Kikou (1965): Flowers of the Plains (2015) for flute, alto flute and piano Evangelia Rigaki:Taste 1,2 and 3 for bass flute WORLD PREMIERE Ilias Nikolaidis (1972): Your Image dies undefeated - Music for B. fl. (2012) Christos Samaras, KALIM-ARIA (2003): for alto flute solo Evangelia Kikou (1965): Images of a Voice (2009), for flute and piano Dimitra Trypani (*1973): THE SUN IS GOD (2015); a one-act monologue for a multitasking flutist, for flute, alto flute, tam-tam, bass drum Ria Georgiadis: flute, alto flute, bass flute, tam-tam, bass drum William Dowdall: flute, bass flute, glissando flute Sven Birch: Piano