Rhodes International Festival

Palace of the grand Master of the Knights

Medieval city of Rhodes

The Festival

Rhodes International Festival was founded in the summer of 2007  on Rhodes island, Greece,well known as “The Island of Knights”, in order to upgrade the cultural identity of this beautiful place and to promote cultural tourism and cultural heritage. The main focus is the venue of the festival, the famous Palace of the Grand Magister -Palace of the  Knights, located in the medieval city which has been declared a Monument of World Cultural Heritage by Unesco.

The festival, which is distinguished by its high artistic level, focuses on classical music, opera, film music, musicals, jazz,  tango or latin music shows, cross over music as well as Greek music tributes by distinguished composers.

Major orchestras, ensembles and distinguished artists have appeared at the International Festival of Rhodes: the Camerata Armonia Atenea (former Athens Camerata), the Symphony Orchestra of the  Greek Radio Television ERT, the internationally renowned pianist Cyprien Katsaris, the distinguished greek piano soloist Dimitris Sgouros, the Renaissance Vocal Ensemble “CantArte” from Germany, “Diphono” from New York are some of the orchestras, ensembles  and artists presented at the festival. Paolo Micciche , the famous italian stage director honored the festival too, participating with his productions and eminent opera singers from Italy and France.

Opera galas, chamber music ensembles, tributes to: Maria Callas with renowned soloists of the National Opera, Astor Piazzolla, European Cinema, Greek composers, classical brass instruments, the European Music Day, Tango as well as  jazz concerts with leading Greek jazzmen are some of the projects presented at the festival.

The Rhodes International Festival under the Artistic and Managing Direction of  Mrs Penelope Serdari, founder of the festival, takes place in the historic medieval Palace of the Grand Master, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the  Greek National Tourism Organization, GNTO and the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO. The festival   is organised by the non profit Cultural Organisation for the dissemination of the Arts and Greek Culture, “Rhodes International Festival” and the Culture and Sports Organisation of the Municipality of Rhodes

2019 Programme

Our 2018 Programme in a Glance

Day 1

Comic Opera  
“Opera Buffa”/  U.S.A
Adelmo Guidarelli,  Stefanos Koroneos
“ The two bass – baritones”

Opera buffa  is a genre of  opera that  was first used as a description of Italian comic operas . The two distinguished bass-baritons from New York, Stefanos Koroneos and Adelmo Guidarelli, well known for their comic talent, will present an extravaganza  concert with arias and duets from comic operas. Piano accompaniment:Frixos Mortzos

Day 2

Caja Secreta  / Greece
Flamenco group   

The nuevo flamenco sound of the secret box (caja secreta), closely linked with dance and song, have travelled quite a long way. The originality and the special characteristics of Caja Secreta have established them as one of the most important flamenco groups in Greece.The secret box waits for you to open it.

Thomas Natsis guitar-composition
Niovi Benou dance
Melina Atreidou vocals
Lydia Kokoria flute
Pavlos Spyropoulos doublebass
George Xanthopoulos percussion

Day 3

“Eman Shaker & Friends” / Egypt
In the context of the year 2018
Greek- Egyptian friendship
Classical and arabic music

In the context of the year 2018 Greek -Egyptian friendship, Rhodes International Festival  presents a representative group from Cairo, created by the talented pianist Eman Shaker,  which will perform a program of classical and arabic music

Eman Shaker   piano
Valid Allam  violin
Mourad Heshmat  flute
Noha Elsaqqa  arabic zither

Day 4

Etsuko Hirose / Japan-France
Piano recital

Born in Nagoya, Japan , Etsuko Hirose after pursuing her studies  in Paris was the winner of the most prestigious competitions including  the first prize at the Martha Argerich competition which launched her solo  career. Works by: Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Liszt


“We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.”

Adalyn Quin

The Island of Rhodes

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