Molyvos International Music Festival

brief information

The Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) is a unique project in the North Aegean region that brings together the greatest international young talents for a four-day celebration of world- class classical music. Merging exciting rising-stars alongside the biggest names in classical music, MIMF aims to be Greece’s most prestigious classical music event and one of Europe’s idyllic chamber music festivals.

Utilising the timeless allure of Molyvos, MIMF provides an ideal environment for experiencing classical music in an enchanting village setting. Even at a time of global economic and social crisis, MIMF demonstrates how music can still inspire, connect and unite people, welcoming audiences and musicians from around the world. Its emphasis on bringing together outstanding soloists to create new chamber ensembles symbolises harmony between nations.

Led by Artistic Directors, Danae and Kiveli Dörken, the rising-star pianists originating from Molyvos, MIMF also plays a pivotal role in the cultural, economic and social development of Lesbos. It uniquely offers high-quality classical artists to its local community and strives to make classical music more accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds through innovative workshops, informative education projects and interactive “Molyvos Musical Moments”.

This year’s festival edition “ODYSSEE” from August 11 to 19, 2022 is inspired by Homer’s epic about Odysseus’ adventure journey, which Danae and Kiveli, as Greek women, have memorized since childhood. “We all know the story, which is a symbol of human willpower, strength and ingenuity. […] With this theme, we want to shine a spotlight on the journeys people embark on in the most difficult and unpredictable circumstances in hope of a better future.”

For MIMF 2022, Danae and Kiveli have invited over 15 musical companions from the international classical music scene. Among them are violinists Antje Weithaas and Clemence de Forceville, cellist Benedict Kloeckner, clarinetist Sebastian Manz, violist Adrien La Marca, guitarist Petrit Ceku and soprano Danae Kontora.

At the festival, the artists perform in constantly changing formations and, in addition to their musical work, of course enjoy the hospitality and beauty of the island.

Molyvos International Music Festival is supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Athens.

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Bettina Schimmer Friederike Eckhardt