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”.

In 2019, the motto of the festival was “Dia-logos” (8-19 August 201*). Again, there will be “prefestival activities”, four concerts prior to the main festival at different places of the islands of Lesbos and CHios in order to include the whole island (and its neighbours) into the festival activities.

The 2020 edition of the festival was supposed to take place from 8-19 August 2020. Two world premieres were planned, one by a Greek female composer, the other one by Nickos Harizanos, who has been composer in residence at the Molyvos International Music Festival before. Due to the Corona crisis, the festival cannot take place as it was planned. The team, however, developed a smaller alternative programme. There will be a pre-festival activity in Stuttgart, Germany, on July 24 (live broadcast on SWR 2 as part of the ARD Radiofestival) and two concerts in Molyvos on August 17 and 18.
Also in 2020, the MIMF participates in the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The Title of the project is “Musique est une femme”. A video competition is also part of the Creative Europe project.

More information about the competition

The Molyvos International Music Festival is supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Athens and the Greek National Tourism Organisation.

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Contact persons

Bettina Schimmer Friederike Eckhardt