Event Venue

Ancient Theatre of Pythagorion

GPS: 37.694764164836016, 26.935790062378715

  • Event description

The Schwarz Foundation invite you to the 10th Samos Young Artists Festival, at a Song Recital with soprano Lydia Teuscher-Bastian and Geoffroy Couteau at piano.

  • About artists

Lydia Teuscher was born in Freiburg, Germany and studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and at the Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim. Highlights in her 2018/19 season include Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg and Kent Nagano; Susanna Le nozze di Figaro with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Nott; Bach Cantatas with the Orchestra of St Luke’s and Bernard Labadie in Carnegie Hall and his Mass in B Minor with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen and on tour in Canada and America with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie. In opera, Lydia has sung Pamina Die Zauberflöte at the Salzburg Mozartwoche, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Bolshoi, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin; Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival, Dresdner Semperoper, Staatstheater Karlsruhe and at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan; Hero Béatrice et Bénédict at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan; Zerlina Don Giovanni for the Bolshoi and Gretel Hänsel und Gretel for the Glyndebourne Festival, Dresdner Semperoper and Saito Kinen Festival.
Geoffroy Couteau is a profound and sincere artist. He has been acclaimed repeatedly for his dense, rich playing, his wholeheartedness, and his risk-taking. For him, performance is the fulfillment of musical work, the fruition of a rich and complex process. It is assuredly the reason for this unique mode of expression and this unusual presence. He was awarded first prize in the International Johannes Brahms competition in 2005. His first recording, of Brahms’s final works, earned him a number of honors: “ffff” from Telerama, 4 stars from Le Monde de la Musique, 5 tuning forks, etc. Since its release, he has been playing in prestigious venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, The National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, the Auditorium of the Musée d’Orsay, the Maison de la Radio, the Théâtre de l’Athénée, the Théâtre Mogador, the Salle Gaveau, The Amphitheater at the Bastille Opera House, etc. He was guest soloist with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra in Thailand for Chopin’s First Concerto, and he has been invited to play in various festivals such as the “Piano aux Jacobins” Festival in Toulouse, the Chopin Festival in Bagatelle, the Chopin Festival in Nohant, the Lilles Piano Festival, the New Soloist Festival at the Serres d’Auteuil, the Epau Festival, the “French May” in Hong-Kong, etc. He is a frequent guest on several radio programs on France Musique, and on television programs like Mezzo and Direct 8. He was unanimously accepted to begin a course of studies at the Higher National Music Conservatory in Paris in the class of Michel Béroff, Denis Pascal, and Eric Le Sage. In 2002, he received the conservatory’s diploma of advanced formation with highest honors, fist in his class by a unanimous vote, and with the special Daniel Magne award. That same year he began the advanced proficiency course in piano under the direction of Michel Béroff, Marie-Françoise Bucquet, and Nicholas Angelich. He also studied chamber music with Jean Mouillère and Christian Ivaldi, and was awarded highest honors. He has participated in a number of master classes from renowned musicians such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Christoph Eschenbach, and Leon Fleisher. He has, moreover, been awarded grants from the Cziffra Foundation, the Concertante Foundation, the Mécénat Musical Société Générale, the Série Déclic– Culture France, and the Nadia et Lili Boulanger Foundation.

  • Event Organizer

From August 7th until August 13th, internationally renowned artists and young rising stars from Germany, Greece, Georgia, France, Turkey, the U.S., Russia, and China meet on the Aegean island to perform eight open-air concerts in the Ancient Theatre of Pythagorion.
Alongside the artists, the audience is invited to be inspired by the lightness of the Greek summer, the historical significance of the location, and the beauty of the music.
The Festival’s artistic directors, the pianist Masha Ilyashov and the cellist Alexis Karaiskakis-Nastos created this year’s programme as a musical journey bridging cultural and national divides. The repertoire ranges from 18th- and 19th-century European classics through to Italian Baroque music, contemporary-music creations to traditional sounds of the Mediterranean.

Fees & Tickets
General admission
5.00 €
Children, Students & Unemployed