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Team Portrait 1

Patron:

Vladimir Ashkenazy [06 July 1937]

In the years since Vladimir Ashkenazy first came to prominence on the world stage in the 1955 Chopin Competition in Warsaw he has built an extraordinary career, not only as one of the most renowned and revered pianists of our times, but as an artist whose creative life encompasses a vast range of activities and continues to offer inspiration to music-lovers across the world.

Conducting has formed the largest part of his activities for the past 20 years. Today, alongside his position with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Ashkenazy continues to have a warm and rewarding relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra as their Conductor Laureate. Ashkenazy also holds the positions of Music Director of the European Union Youth Orchestra, with whom he tours each year, and Conductor Laureate of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He maintains strong links with a number of other major orchestras with whom he has built special relationships over the years, including the Cleveland Orchestra (of whom he is a former Principal Guest Conductor), San Francisco Symphony and Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin (Chief Conductor and Music Director 1988-96), as well as making guest appearances with many other major orchestras around the world.

While conducting takes up a significant portion of his time each season, Ashkenazy continues to devote himself to the piano, directing Mozart and Beethoven concertos from the keyboard in performances in Europe and Asia, and continuing to build his extraordinary comprehensive recording catalogue. Beyond his hectic and fulfilling performing schedule, Ashkenazy continues to be involved in some fascinating TV projects, often inspired by his passionate drive to ensure that serious music continues to have a platform in the mainstream media and is made available to as a broad an audience as possible. Many will remember the extraordinary Ashkenazy in Moscow programs which marked his first visit in 1989 to the country of his birth since leaving the USSR in the 1960s. More recently he has developed educational programs with NHK TV including the 1999 Superteachers working with inner-city London school children, and in 2003-4 a documentary based around his “Prokofiev and Shostakovich Under Stalin” project.

Ashkenazy has performed with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra twice (10/2001, 03/2007), after the initiative of Avantgarde Cultural Foundation of which he is the Patron.

Team Portrait 2

Honorary President:

Andri Anastasiades


Andri Anastasiades, spouse of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, was born and raised in Limassol (as the first of three children of Spyros and Ersi Moustakoudes).

After graduating from Limassol’s First High School for Girls, she went to Athens to attend Doxiadis School (of the Athens Technological Group), where she graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering Works. She then took specialized exams and obtained the National Diploma.

She worked in the Civil Service for several years, the Roads Sector of the Public Works Department in particular. She retired prematurely from the Chief Technical Inspector’s position.

She is a person with an extended range of interests, and has attended (by correspondence) the course of an Athenian School in Interior Design as well as a five-year curriculum of the Sogetsu School of Japan from where he obtained her “Ikebana” teacher’s diploma.

Andri Anastasiades has been involved, for a long time, in multifaceted social and philanthropic action. Today she is in charge and/or participates in a number of charitable foundations and/or associations with such action and is the Honorary President of Avantgarde Cultural Foundation.

With President Anastasiades they have two daughters; Elsa who is married to Yiannos Loutsios and Ino who is married to Yiannis Misirlis. From their children’s marriages they have four grandchildren; Andis and Nicoletta Loutsios and Yiorgos and Nicos Misirlis

Team Portrait 3

President:

Stavros V. Kyriakides [18 October 1971]

Founder and Managing Director of SVK Pianotech [Kyriakides Piano Gallery], Kyriakides is considered by many as the best piano technician in the island today. Educated in Great Britain and the USA in the field of “Stringed Keyboard Instrument Technology”, he also received specialised training and worked at the facilities of such reputable manufacturers as PianoDisc, Steinway & Sons and Gebrüder Perzina. A Steinway Concert Technician since 1998 (having graduated from the famed C.F.Theodore Steinway School for Concert Technicians), Stavros V. Kyriakides is actively involved in many different aspects of the piano trade and enjoys membership in reputable associations from around the world.

Particularly active in the cultural and social life of Cyprus, Kyriakides participated in the Committees of several foundations, such as Dionysos Cultural and Dancing Group of Limassol, the European Piano Teachers’ Association and Cyprus’ Music Committee. At present he is President of Avantgarde Cultural Foundation and member of the Cultural Institute.

Some of Avantgarde’s greatest and most successful cultural events have been Kyriakides’ brainchildren, like the “PanCyprian Competition for Young Pianists” or the “Concert for 10 Pianos and an Orchestra”! Even the founding of Avantgarde was made possible after his strong wish and tireless efforts to support and strengthen the cultural life of Cyprus. Under Kyriakides’ presidency, Avantgarde grew into one of the country’s biggest and most reputable cultural foundations.

Personal friend to some of the world’s greatest artists (Vladimir Ashkenazy, Thomas Duis, Dimitris Sgouros to name a few), Kyriakides strives for significant and on-going contribution to the society through music. Pianos worth well over €300,000 have been donated after Kyriakides’ initiatives, to promote music education and support the cultural life of Cyprus.

In his professional career, Kyriakides has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s greatest legends: Luciano Pavarotti, Emma Shaplin, Buena Vista Social Club, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrea Bocelli, Christina Branco, Cesaria Evora, The Ten Tenors, Grigory Sokolov, Joja Wendt, Thomas Duis, Dimitris Sgouros, Anderson & Roe, Igudesman & Joe and the list goes on. In 2000, Stavros V. Kyriakides was included in the Millennium Edition of the “Leading Cypriot Businessmen and their Business”.

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Founder and Managing Director of SVK Pianotech [Kyriakides Piano Gallery], Kyriakides is considered by many as the best piano technician in the island today. Educated in Great Britain and the USA in the field of “Stringed Keyboard Instrument Technology”, he also received specialised training and worked at the facilities of such reputable manufacturers as PianoDisc, Steinway & Sons and Gebrüder Perzina. A Steinway Concert Technician since 1998 (having graduated from the famed C.F.Theodore Steinway School for Concert Technicians), Stavros V. Kyriakides is actively involved in many different aspects of the piano trade and enjoys membership in reputable associations from around the world.

Particularly active in the cultural and social life of Cyprus, Kyriakides participated in the Committees of several foundations, such as Dionysos Cultural and Dancing Group of Limassol, the European Piano Teachers’ Association and Cyprus’ Music Committee. At present he is President of Avantgarde Cultural Foundation and member of the Cultural Institute.

Some of Avantgarde’s greatest and most successful cultural events have been Kyriakides’ brainchildren, like the “PanCyprian Competition for Young Pianists” or the “Concert for 10 Pianos and an Orchestra”! Even the founding of Avantgarde was made possible after his strong wish and tireless efforts to support and strengthen the cultural life of Cyprus. Under Kyriakides’ presidency, Avantgarde grew into one of the country’s biggest and most reputable cultural foundations.

Personal friend to some of the world’s greatest artists (Vladimir Ashkenazy, Thomas Duis, Dimitris Sgouros to name a few), Kyriakides strives for significant and on-going contribution to the society through music. Pianos worth well over €300,000 have been donated after Kyriakides’ initiatives, to promote music education and support the cultural life of Cyprus.

In his professional career, Kyriakides has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s greatest legends: Luciano Pavarotti, Emma Shaplin, Buena Vista Social Club, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrea Bocelli, Christina Branco, Cesaria Evora, The Ten Tenors, Grigory Sokolov, Joja Wendt, Thomas Duis, Dimitris Sgouros, Anderson & Roe, Igudesman & Joe and the list goes on. In 2000, Stavros V. Kyriakides was included in the Millennium Edition of the “Leading Cypriot Businessmen and their Business”.