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International PelionFestival

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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 constant  support of the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias and Almyros.

  • The inclusion in the events of the Greek-Austrian Summer Concerts wich are organised by the Austrian Embassy in Greece and Mozarteum Hellas. 


In the summer of 2024 the 24th edition of the International PelionFestival will be hosting a series of masterclasses and concerts in the wider area of Eastern Pelion.


24th International PelionFestival

Music Festival & Academy

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July 16th-31st, 2024

Dear Friends,

2024 is a special year for us, as we welcome the first edition of our Piano Festival and many new faces to our team of teachers!

The 1st Piano Festival of the International PelionFestival will take place from July 16 to 23, 2024. It is our great honor to welcome Vassilis Varvaresos and Fil Liotis in this endeavor.

During the same period, our long-time partner Noé Inui will teach violin as well as the extraordinary Liv Migdal, whom we will have the opportunity to enjoy in a chamber music recital.

In the second week of this year's edition (July 23-31) the 10th Violoncello Festival will take place, for which we are delighted to welcome the internationally acclaimed cellist Ella van Poucke. The well-known group of cellists of the last ten years will, of course, be with us again. It is also with great enthusiasm that we welcome the internationally renowned soprano Myrtò Papatanasiu for a Vocal Masterclass. Our good friend Apollon Grammatikopoulos will once again honor us with his presence as a violin tutor.


1st week: July 16th-23rd

Piano, Violin, Chamber Music


1st Piano Festival:

Vassilis Varvaresos, Fil Liotis, Zoe Samsarelou


Noé Inui, Liv Migdal

2nd week: July 23rd-31st

Violin, Viola, Cello, Vocal Masterclass, Chamber Music

10th Violoncello Festival:

Ella van Poucke, Angelos Liakakis, Vassilis Saïtis, Themistocles Vagenas, Dimitris Karagiannakidis



Apollon Grammatikopoulos (will be teaching viola as well)

Vocal Masterclass:

Myrtò Papatanasiu

Coach: Nikos Vassileiou



Most instrumental tutors will be teaching chamber music as well. Please refer to our Tutors page, the tutors' CVs and the application form. 

In its 24-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, America and Asia.

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

The artistic directors,

Zoe Samsarelou

Dimitris Karagiannakidis

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