Maria Louisa Geladari Hanicz Dimitris Chandrakis David Lau Magnussen Isa Katharina Gericke Beata Soderberg Eimear McGeown Hubert Wild Michael Tsalka Trygve Broeske Else Bo Olof Boman Linda Finnie Alon Sariel Marko Pop Ristov Dimitris Vakakis Christian Damsgaard Dimitris Kotronakis

About the Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival

2014 Festival Programme

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2014 Festival Radio Advert

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The music heard on our radio advert is an extract from J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations. It will be played here at the Saturday 28 June lunchtime concert by Michael Tsalka, one of today's most famous interpreters of this piece of music.

2014 Festival Artists

From the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

From Denmark

From Greece

From Germany

From Israel

From Norway

From Sweden

From the United Kingdom

A message from the festival organiser

Gunnar Strømsholm, Festival organiser

Gunnar Strømsholm

The 11th Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival takes place from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th June 2014 at the Casa dei Mezzo villa in the charming seaside village of Makrigialos, on the South coast of Crete.

Gunnar Strømsholm, the driving force behind this annual celebration of music, will once again transform his wonderful hilltop home into a mecca for classical music lovers, with a programme that encompasses old favorites as well as world premieres specially written for the occasion. Local Greek musicians are also well represented in a varied and broad repertoire, meaning there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

Seventeen musicians and singers, representing eight countries, will add to the truly international atmosphere. Some of the acts have become firm favourites over the years, and are making a welcome return to this "The most unique and intimate music summer festival in Europe", an accurate description by none less than the Sunday Times.

Centre of attention at the concerts is the magnificent Bösendorfer 290 Imperial grand piano, truly a Rolls Royce of an instrument with a breathtaking history - it was originally owned by Luciano Pavorotti, and was his rehearsal and recording instrument when he was in the UK.

The Bösendorfer is the only grand piano in the world to have an extra nine sub-base notes, meaning there is a full eight octave compass keyboard. Such is the value and respect for it, Gunnar flies a specialist tuner in from Germany for the duration of the festival to lovingly tend to its every need!

The Festival kicks off as ever with a free opening concert at Makrigialos Harbour, where local students from the Leondaritis Music School can showcase their talents. Dimitris Vakakis will also be playing his haunting Cretan lyra, sure to be a stunning and dynamic opening evening full of fun and entertainment.

Over the following four days and nights there are both lunchtime and evening concerts, culminating in the Grand Gala closing concert, always a sell out event, when all of the artists come together under direction of Maestro Olof Boman, for a rousing and emotional send off evening show, leaving the audience with wonderful memories of this, an outstanding and magical festival that features world class artists in a warm, friendly and uniquely Cretan environment.

Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival Programme

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I look forward to welcoming you to our 2014 festival.

Gunnar Strømsholm
Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival


Please patronise our sponsors.

We would like to thank our sponsors whose generous support enables the Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival to take place each year. Please see our Support our festival page if you are interested in helping to support our festival, either as an organisation or as a private individual.

General sponsors

Gunnar Strømsholm

Makrigialos Touristiki A.E.

Municipality of Ierapetra

Villea Village Hotel

Motor Plan Ltd. Car Rental

Proistakis Bross S.A.

Monastery of Toplou

Oikonomou Wine

Siganos A.E.

SunVing Resort & Spa, Makrigialos

Despina Panteli, Leondaritis Music School

Architect Manolis Kanavakis

Elia Taverna, Makrigialos

Media sponsors

Euroradio - EBU (European Broadcasting Union)

Radio Planet 90.6 FM

Radio Lato 103.3 FM

Radio Style 100 FM

Radio Melody 88.8 FM

Radio Kriti 101.5 FM

Radio Kreta

Radio Lasithi 92.3 FM


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Living in Crete

Hotel sponsors

The White Houses of Crete

Antonia Rooms

Helios Apartments

Villea Village Hotel

White River Cottages


Professor Michalis Kanavakis

Makrigialos Chamber of Commerce

Makrigialos Women's Association

Rent Room Association of Makrys Gialos