The audience at the “Ohrid Summer Festival” enjoyed classical music performed by the Greek string quartet “Emilios Riadis” yesterday. Violinists Andreas Papanikolaou and Georgios Koumoutsoglou, Alexandra Voltsi on viola, and Lila Manola on cello performed at the Church of St. Sophia.
In the first part of the repertoire, the artists performed pieces by Greek composers, and in the second part, they played the “String Quartet” Op. 80 in F minor by composer Friedrich Mendelssohn.
“This is our first time as a string quartet at the ‘Ohrid Summer Festival.’ We are very happy to be here and to perform in this exceptional church. We have a diverse repertoire. In the first half, we have Greek compositions, pieces that hold great promise from young artists like the composer Grigoriou, who is here with us tonight. We also have Greek dances, pieces by Nikos Skalkottas, and a composition by Emilios Riadis. We dedicated the final part of the concert to Mendelssohn’s quartet. As a quartet, we have been active since 2005, and we perform works from various eras, from the Baroque to contemporary music,” said violinist Andreas Papanikolaou.
The concert of “Emilios Riadis,” considered one of the most significant chamber ensembles in Greece, took place as part of the Greek Evening at “Ohrid Summer Festival,” supported by the Embassy of Greece in the Republic of North Macedonia.