The CD "Mosaico Mediterraneo" with Maria Kostraki
The CD "Mosaico Mediterraneo" with the Soprano Maria Kostraki
|Released:||1 Juli 2022|
|Ensemble:||Maria Kostraki (Soprano) and Mosaico Mediterraneo
Mosaico Mediterraneo stands for a cultural bridge that transcends times and countries. Soprano Maria Kostraki and her excellent musicians convince us that borders of any kind are only a human invention and can be surpassed by art.
They take us on a journey through the Mediterranean, consisting of a musical fusion from baroque and classical to 20th century music, enriched with a pinch of jazz and traditional flair.
In this magical basin that connects cultures through the centuries and allows exchange, Orient and Occident meet, characteristic rhythms, instruments and musical styles merge with each other and reveal similarities among themselves.
Music that feels like a balmy summer night, smells of thyme and lavender in its diversity and tastes of salt!
About the Ensemble
Maria Kostraki (Soprano)
The Greek soprano completed her vocal studies in Munich and Würzburg and won awards at international singing competitions very early on ("Concorso Intenationale Giuseppe di Stefano"-Sicily 2006, "Concorso Internationale A.Belli"- Spoleto 2008, "Concorso Internationale ArteInCanto"-Basciano 2012, "Concorso Internationale Ruggiero Leoncavallo"-Potenza 2014 and others).
Her young age allowed her to develop a wide range of roles, starting with parts such as Norina, Belinda, Clorinda, Servilia, Adina, Despina and Pamina and meanwhile Fiordiligi, Donna Elvira, Mimí, Micaela, Madama Cortese and others with great success.
Opera productions and concerts have taken Maria Kostraki to German stages (Staatstheater Nuremberg, Meistersingerhalle Nuremberg, Theater Dortmund, Belcanto Festival Bad Wildbad, Carl-Orff-Saal Saal, Herkulessaal Munich, Festspiele Weikersheim) as well as to Italy (Teatro Giancarlo Menotti and Teatro Caio Melisso-Spoleto, Rossini Opera Festival-Pesaro, Teatro Stabile-Potenza, Teatro del Giglio-Lucca, Teatro Goldoni-Livorno, Teatro Dante-Florence), Greece (National Opera of Athens and Thessaloniki), Austria (Ehrbahrsaal, Kaisersaal and Kurhaus Vienna), Egypt (opera houses in Cairo and Alexandria) and Algeria (Setif Music Festival) in special collaborations with conductors such as Alberto Zedda, Alessandro de Marchi, Patrick Lange, Christof Perick, Andrea Battistoni and Giovanni Pacor among others.
Maria Kostraki also devotes herself with great passion to the chamber music of her native Greece and can be heard with this music in concerts throughout Europe.
Antonis Sousamoglou - Arrangement/Violin
Antonis Sousamoglou is 1st concertmaster of the Thessaloniki State Orchestra.
He studied at the Hochschule der Künste and at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin, as well as at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama in London. He obtained his doctorate from the City University of London after writing his dissertation on the work of the violinist Nikos Skalkotas.
Antonis Sousamoglou is considered one of the most active violinists of his generation in Greece and is renowned for his wide-ranging artistic output as a violinist, composer and arranger.
During his career, he performs as a soloist with all Greek orchestras. He is also very active in the field of chamber music. His career includes performances at major venues, including the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie, National Concert Hall of Taipei, St. John's Smith Square in London, Onassis Stegi, Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Megaro Mousikis in Athens and Thessaloniki.
He composes music for modern dance theatre and for cinema films. As an arranger he participates in most of the prestigious Greek orchestras and his extensive discography includes works such as Τα τραγούδια της Μελίνας with Eleonora Zouganeli, Μια Συμφωνία για την Ιθάκη, Nicola Piovani-Όμορφη Ζωή (La Vita è bella) with Thodoris Voutsinakis, and three personal albums (Don't mind the gap, One Night Stand, Ποιητές με Hangover).