This past weekend, I had the good pleasure to experience the world premiere of Nikolas Sideris' work" "Le Hassard t la Necessite" performed by the Octave Chamber Orchestra is Seattle.
Nikolas' music was included in an impressive roster of works for string orchestra.The repertoire included: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and Mozart's Divertimento for Strings. Nikolas' piece complemented stood up well to the classical masters.
This is Nikolas' first US world premier and he has had premiere's in London and Athens. Nikolas' music stood out from the other works and was exciting, captivating, and just brilliant. There were a combination of melodies, complex harmonies/dissonances intermingled with harmonics and interplaying with Stravinsky-like rhythms. He seemed to push the stringed instruments to their limit I only wished this impressive piece was longer.
The audience was impressed with the piece and during intermission people were raving about it.
The Octava Chamber Orchestra did a fantastic job with Nikolas' piece. The orchestra was led by the extraordinary concertmaster Matthew Weiss (who is a member of this forum).The orchestra consisted of 4 first violins, four second violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, one bass and a harpsichord. The level of the musicianship was first-rate as these players perform with the Seattle Symphony and other orchestras in the area.
Nikolas is completing his PhD in Music and this work was written last September towards the requirements of the doctoral program.
It was a real pleasure to meet Nikolas after knowing him virtually on the forum for several years.
Congratulations Nikolas on a successful performance and I am so glad to have attended. I once commented that Nikolas was a national treasure for Greece and this concert proved it.
PS: I'll post some pictures soon.