International PelionFestival

inspiration in nature

year of establishment: 2000

The International PelionFestival (IPeF) is an annual Summer Academy (educational programmes) and Festival (classical music concerts), that includes courses, masterclasses, concerts, lectures, happenings, educational programmes for the local children and the -unique in Greece- International Violoncello Festival. IPeF has been organised since 2000 by the non-profit organisation, Polyrhythmia. The Festival has mainly been taking place in Zagora but in neighbouring villages like Tsangarada and Kissos as well. Its events harmonically combine music with nature, history and the environment. 


IPeF’s high artistic quality and educational value are widely recognised as shown below: 

  • The three-day feature (12-14.3.2019) by the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera in Athens (link here). 

  • The cooperation with museums as well as with cultural and educational institutions in Greece and abroad

  • The participation in the European Classical-Music-Festivals Network "Eu-phonia", after the initiative of the president of the Festival des Forêts in Compiègne, France

  • The constant  support of the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias and Almyros.


In the summer of 2021 the 21st edition of the International PelionFestival will be hosting a series of masterclasses and concerts in the wider area of Eastern Pelion.


21st International PelionFestival

Music Festival & Academy

inspiration in nature

July 17th - 31st, 2021

1.Academy- Educational programmes

July 17th - 31st: Violin, viola, cello, piano, voice, chamber music



Academy - The masterclasses will be taught by the following musicians:

A. Voice-Opera Perfofmance (17-22 July)

Sophia Kyanidou

B. Instruments (23-31 July)

7th Violoncello Festival:

Ulrich Voss, Angelos Liakakis, Vassilis Saïtis, Themistocles Vagenas, Dimitris Karagiannakidis



Apollon Grammatikopoulos (will be teaching viola as well)



Zoe Samsarelou


All instrumental tutors will be teaching chamber music as well. 

Piano accompanists:

Apostolia Anastasiou (strings), Theofilos Labrianidis (voice)




Concerts will be given by internationally acclaimed musicians and the festival ensembles, such as the IPeF Violoncello Sextet.

Furthermore this summer in collaboration with the Austrian Embassy and Mozarteum Hellas there will be a concert with distinguished musicians Anja Morgenstern, violin and Evgenia Votanopoulou, piano with works by W.A. Mozart on July 19th.



In its 21-year run, the Festival has grown into a significant educational and artistic institution, not only in a national level but internationally as well. That can be confirmed by the growing number of participants from Europe, Latin America and Asia.

We wish you a pleasant and full-of-experiences summer.

The artistic directors,

Zoe Samsarelou

Dimitris Karagiannakidis