MEET THE ARTISTS
FEP RHODES 2023
Photo credits : Richard Boulestreau
Gilles Apap is renowned for his virtuoso interpretations of works from the classical repertoire, as well as for his interest in traditional music such as the Irish fiddle, gypsy music, American Old-Time and traditional Indian music. He performs them with the same passion, joy and intensity as those of Bach, Mozart, Ravel or Enesco.
Gilles Apap performs as a soloist and conductor in North and South America, Asia and most European countries. He performs at major international festivals: Tokyo, Adelaide (Australia), Paleo (Switzerland), Mito (Italy), Rheingau, Ludwigsburg, Dresden and Würzburg (Germany). He has built up a special relationship with the Nordic Chamber Orchestra (Sweden) with whom he has performed as conductor and soloist.
A musician since the age of eight, this accordionist from south-west France discovered and perfected the chromatic accordion with Jacques Mornet. She went on to win a gold medal at the Conservatoire National de Marseille. Her virtuosity and talent have earned her numerous national and international trophies and awards (Médard Ferrero prize, first prize at the Kligenthal international competition in Germany, world accordion trophy in Italy), which have taken her across Europe, the United States and Japan to meet the world's greatest musicians.
Photo credits : Nicolas Mercier
« Telling and moving »
Such is the mission of music for Eva Zavaro.
Born in 1995 into a Franco-Polish family, she is one of the most brilliant violinists of her generation. A lover of music, she "plays from the heart" (Ivry Gitlis) in many countries, as a soloist or chamber musician, sharing the stage with renowned musicians. Eva plays on an Italian violin known as "Le Bel Inconnu", a combination of work by Nicolò Amati and Antonio Stradivari, which is kindly on loan to her.
« Clément Lefebvre opens the doors to a musical world in perpetual evolution: Schumann, Couperin and Rameau, of course, but also Debussy, Ravel, Haydn, Brahms, Fauré... An inspired, elegant and sensitive artist, he reveals unsuspected charms. His playing, like his smile and the way he looks at you, is sincere and fair, with a perfect balance between tenderness and determination, reverie and energy. Clément Lefebvre has the nobility of words, poetry at his fingertips. » Jany Campello
Photo credits : Jean-Baptiste Millot
Marcel Pérès is an organist, opera singer (tenor) and conductor, and has been director and founder of the Atelier de recherche et d'interprétation des musiques médiévales since 1991.
Marcel Pérès began his musical career studying organ and composition at the Nice Conservatoire, then in Great Britain and Canada. On his return to Europe, he specialised in medieval music and in 1982 founded the Organum vocal ensemble, with which he undertook a methodical exploration of medieval liturgical repertoires.
In a moving form and at the crossroads of the arts, the enchanting Choir Mikrokosmos will offer the public a genuine immersion in their contemporary repertoire, in the very heart of the medieval city of Rhodes.
Created in 1989 by Loïc Pierre, the Mikrokosmos choir is composed of 40 singers from all over France. The choir's original creations, dedicated to contemporary choral music, mix new and old influences. Its repertoire paints a singular portrait of contemporary choral art, transcending the boundaries between the arts.
Peggy Herbeau has been a professional photographer for individuals and companies for 20 years. She has also worked on themes such as childhood and travel, and exhibited in numerous galleries and cultural venues.
Influenced by photographers such as Sarah Moon and Dolorès Marat, the common thread running through her work is the search for a form of poetry and dreaminess.
During her residency on the island of Rhodes with the Festival European Polyphony, she discovered the strong historical imprint of the island: Greek, then Roman and Byzantine civilizations, the defense of the island by the Knights of the Order of Malta, then the Ottoman invasion in the 16th century and the Italian invasion in the 20th century, before becoming independent again.
The wild beauty of the landscape resonates with the archaeological sites and traces of these different historical influences, whether in the old town of Rhodes or in the rest of the island.
Her photographs reflect this poetic relationship between nature and history, and reveal the light so characteristic of this island between sea and wild land.
Christophe Fillieule has been a professional photographer for 30 years, shooting portraits, reportages, corporate communications, private photography, concerts and architecture. Initially self-taught, he spent many years studying art history and photography at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
When he discovered the work and photographs of William Klein in his book New York, he decided to take up street photography. Fascinated by black-and-white silver, he spent long nights in his darkroom, experimenting with various laboratory processes.
His work and artistic collaborations follow his two photographic passions: Music and Travel. For several years now, he has been working for several major music festivals, including the European Polyphony Festival, which he has been covering for the past 5 years on the island of Rhodes in Greece.
In 2022, he took part in the FEP photographic residency and discovered the island in depth. He photographed its lush, sometimes wild nature, and its rich, well-preserved historical heritage. He chose black and white to underline the timelessness of this journey through time and history.
Gabriel Mirété has played in several theatrical pieces, short films on the Web (Les Parasites), television (L'Effondrement, Canal+), and cinema (Django of Etienne Comar with Reda Kateb and Cécile de France).
Gabriel M. is also the writer and director of the film "Ambre" (2018), awarded in several festivals around the world, and Passion (2021) in coproduction with the Festival European Polyphony in Rhodes. Today, he's in production of his third short movie.
Chrysanthos Antoniou is a French-Cypriot artist, pedagogue and producer. Originally from Cyprus, he grew up in an artistic family "[...] my father, sculptor, and poet, has deeply influenced my vision and my relationship with sound matter. The Iranian culture that I received from my mother has shaped my sensitivity to light, sound, and image. This is why I do not claim to be a composer, but a sound sculptor. I like to choose my sound materials, mixing elements that are both concrete, manufactured, or conceptual [...]".
He studied in France, in the field of music (violin, musicology, research) and performing arts administration. He began his career as a professional violinist before dedicating his career to create cultural projects.He aims to bring artists together, mixing cultures and artistic disciplines to offer a new emotion to the public through proximity with the artists. Making art accessible but demanding.
He is the founder of the French cultural association Arts Spontanés, that produces and promotes all artistic disciplines in collaboration with international performing artists and creative businesses.He is also co-founder and co-artistic director of the Festival European Polyphony which take place on the island of Rhodes, Greece.