Join us for an evening under the stars, with the EUC (European University Cyprus) Sax Quartet II at Technopolis 20 garden, on Friday, 15th of September 2017, at 20:30. Their repertoire ranges from classical arrangements, original and standard compositions, as well as arrangements of pop and jazz songs.
The EUC Sax Quartet II was established in 2006 and is comprised of Yiannis Miralis (soprano sax), associate professor of saxophone and music education and Vice-Dean at EUC, Vicky Siafaka (alto sax), EUC graduate and Christos Papadopoulos (tenor sax) and Panagiotis Souroullas, members of the EUC Symphonic Band. With their purity of sound, extensive dynamic range and homogenous blending they aspire to contribute to the promotion of classical saxophone in Cyprus.
Entrance: 10 euro
Reservations are necessary at 70002420.
A few words about the musicians
Yiannis Miralis (soprano saxophone) is Associate Professor of Music Education and Saxophone at European University Cyprus. He holds degrees from Michigan State University (PhD), Bowling Green State University (MM) and Lawrence University (BM), where he was a Fulbright scholar. As the first Cypriot classical saxophonist he has performed with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and the Ensemble Philharmonia and has given chamber music recitals in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Serbia, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Lebanon, Canada and the USA. He is founding member of the Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet with which they won various chamber music competitions in the USA. The quartet appeared as soloist with the Royal Belgian Air Force Band, while their CD “Mountain Roads” has received positive reviews. He is also founding member of the Mediterranean Trio with which he performed in Munich, Bonn, Berlin, Amsterdam and Nicosia. He has taught at the University of Cyprus, the ARTE Music Academy and the University of Windsor. From 2001-2004 he served as assistant professor at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. He is founding member of the Greek Saxophone Association and the Cyprus Saxophone Association and board member of the European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association (ECMTA).
Vasiliki Siafaka (alto sax) was born in Lamia in 1993. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from European University Cyprus and a saxophone diploma from the Lamia Municipal Conservatory where she studied with Yiannis Miralis and Thanasis Fysekis respectively. She also participated in saxophone masterclasses with Jean Marie Londeix, Griffin Campbell, George Porte, Matthew Arau, Olavi Kasemaa and Theodore Kerkezos. She won prizes at various Greek saxophone competitions (2007-2015) and at 2014 she won the first prize and a scholarship to study at European University Cyprus. She has performed extensively with the EUC sax trio and quartet, the Symphonic Band of Strovolos Municipality-European University Cyprus and the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra. She currently works as a saxophone teacher in Nicosia.
Christos Papadopoulos (tenor sax) had his first contact with the saxophone in 1991 when he enrolled in the Paphos Municipal Band. During his studies he enrolled at Sindos/Echedoro Wind Band in Thessaloniki and upon his return in Cyprus he became a member of the Cyprus Saxophone Association and the Symphonic Band of Strovolos Municipality-European University Cyprus, with whom he gave numerous performances in Cyprus and abroad. He attended various saxophone masterclasses and in 2015 he attended the Cyprus Jazz Workshop. Since 2016 he is professionally involved with the saxophone as a solo and ensemble player.
Panayiotis Souroullas (baritone saxophone) studied saxophone with Yiannis Miralis and classical guitar with Demitris Regginos, as well as Byzantine music. He has been an active member of the Symphonic Band of Strovolos Municipality-European University Cyprus and has also performed with the EUC Saxophone Quartet. He currently studies Marine Science and Technology at Newcastle University.