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CAERUS Chamber Ensemble

CAERUS Chamber Ensemble

CAERUS Chamber Ensemble

Tue 25 Mar 2025, 7:30pm

CAERUS Chamber Ensemble showcases the amazing diversity of rhythm, colourful dances, and powerful story-telling music that the Balkans have to offer.

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This concert is part of the Leeds International Chamber Series 2024/25.

Athens to Bucharest: A bumpy ride through the Balkans
CAERUS Chamber Ensemble

Jonian Ilias Kadesha – violin
Pablo Hernán Benedí – violin/viola
Lily Francis – viola/violin
Vashti Hunter – cello
Noam Greenberg – piano

Nikos Skalkottas Five Greek Dances
Béla Bartók String Quartet No 5
Iannis Xenakis Dhipli Zyia for violin and cello
George Enescu Piano Quintet

This is the most epic journey of them all – Athens to Bucharest. It represents the amazing diversity of rhythm, colourful dances, and powerful story-telling music that the Balkans have to offer.

CAERUS explores a mesmerising but little-known masterpiece by George Enescu, coupled with the ground-breaking, iconic fifth string quartet by Béla Bartók. The third movement, Alla bulgarese, is based on a well-known dance from Bulgaria. Bartók is not only famous for his compositional qualities and artistry but was also a respected musicologist and produced some of the most important folk-music studies in the first half of the 20th century.

This programme also includes works by two composers from Jonian’s homeland of Greece: Nikos Skalkottas, who is considered the ‘Greek Bartók’, and Iannis Xenakis, whose short composition for violin and cello beautifully represents the sounds of a typical Greek folk-band.

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About the series

About the Leeds International Chamber Series 2024/25

Each year we ask a guest Artistic Director to curate our International Chamber Series, this year it is the esteemed violinist, Jonian Ilias Kadesha. Join Jonian and his closest musical friends for a journey across Europe to explore the vibrant chamber music the continent has to offer.


A note from the Artistic Director

I’m honoured to be able to create this season’s programmes; it’s a real privilege to invite esteemed guest artists who are my closest artistic friends to join me on these European Wanderings.

Leeds International Concert Season has given me the freedom to develop artistic ideas that will lead audiences to enjoy music from a different perspective. When putting together these programmes, I thought it would be interesting to look at the music from a geographical point of view. When we think about classical music, we tend to think chronologically, but thinking in a geographical way allows us to consider the impact a location had on the music created there.

Thinking about music in this way led me to ponder the different important cities throughout Europe that influenced the course of history and how they impacted classical music, whether that was due to having a strong folk scene, or perhaps to political events. The cities we visit are all hugely significant, cultural melting-pots. It’s interesting to observe how music written by different composers through different times, but within the same borders, has changed so immensely yet can also have such strong commonalities or links.

Join me and my friends as we journey across borders and boundaries to showcase masterworks, some of which you may already love, and some that you will discover for the very first time.

Jonian Ilias Kadesha
Artistic Director


The Venue at Leeds Conservatoire