5th July | Danubia Symphonic Winds in concert

Kalamata Dance Megaron - Main Stage | 21:00 o'clock | Free Entrance


The 2nd concert of the Austrian Symphonic Wind Orchestra Danubia. In co-production with the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata, in context of the Greco-Austrian Music Summer and under the aegis of the Austrian Embassy.


Conductor – Andreas Simbeni,

Violoncello solo – Cristina Basili



Otto M. Schwarz Unity Fanfare, Thomas Doss Einstein, David Maslanka Traveler, Johan de Meij Casanova for Cello & Winds,

Stathis Giftakis Serenade, Martin Fiala Der Weg des Friedens (with female choir), Alfred Reed El Camino Real

Symphonic Wind Orchestra “Danubia Symphonic Winds” (DSW)

The Symphonic Wind Orchestra “Danubia Symphonic Winds” (DSW) is the result of the cooperation between the Music Schools of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich):

Klosterneuburg (Direction: Ariadne Basili)

Wagram district (Direction: Markus Holzer)

Sieghartskirchen (Direction: Andreas Simbeni)

Traismauer (Direction: Andreas Rauscher)

Tulln (Direction: Karl Hemmelmayer)


Aim of this cooperation between those five music schools is to give the opportunity to young and dedicated musicians to be confronted – as members of a big orchestra (57 musicians between 15 and 24 years old) – with very distinct symphonic works for wind instruments and to present those with the highest possible level during concerts in their region, but also abroad.

Until now, the orchestra has appeared on stage in 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Upper Austria (Oberösterreich) and it also appeared last year in Greece (Messini).



Andreas Simbeni studied horn, musical instrument pedagogics, wind orchestra conducting, orchestration and composition at Graz, Vienna, Linz and Bolzano. Since 2004, he teaches conducting of ensembles and of wind orchestras (ΕΒΟ) at the Landesmusikschulwerk of Upper Austria and he is also the director of the Music School of the Sieghartskirchen Districkt. With the Youth Orchestra and the Symphonic Wind Orchestra of Sieghartskirchen he won high prizes at Austrian youth orchestra competitions. From 2011 until 2015 he concluded his studies at the Conservatory of Bolzano with Thomas Doss. Since 2012 he is the conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Wind Orchestra.


Cultural exchanges with Greece

The Symphonic Wind Orchestra “Danubia Symphonic Winds” exists for three years and made since then its presence felt at the cultural regions of Austria, but also in Greece. Last year, it started a common exchange program between of two regions of Austria and Kalamata.

The first tour of the orchestra in Greece was carried out during the start of the Austrian Presidency at the Council of the EU in July 2018. The Youth Choir of the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata and the wind orchestra appeared then together on sage at Klosterneuburg, Austria, in the context of a New Year’s Eve concert.

The cellist:  

Praised for the depth of her individual interpretations and her poetic tone, cellist Cristina Basili is considered one of the promising talents of her generation.

As a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician Cristina has performed at famous venues throughout Europe (Konzerthaus Vienna, Tonhalle Zürich, Gasteig Munich, Megaron Athens, Odessa Philharmonic Hall) and has been invited to play at international festivals such as the Pärnu Music Festival, Estonia, Yellow Barn Music Festival, USA, Riva Music Festival, Italy, the International Enescu Festival in Sinaia, Romania, Aigina and Nafplion Festivals, Greece, Jugendmusikfestival Coburg, Germany. Her chamber music partners include distinguished musicians such as Oleg Maisenberg, Anthony Marwood, Lucy Shelton, Antonio Meneses, Barbara Moser, Rainer Schmidt, Annely Peebo. As a soloist and orchestra musician she has collaborated with conductors Hobart Earle, Claudius Traunfellner, Vitaly Protasov, Francois-Xavier Roth, Benjamin Zander, Carl St Clair, Yoav Talmi, Uriel Segal, Michael Sanderling and Paavo Järvi.

Her concert schedule for next season includes solo debut appearances at the Megaron Concert Hall of Thessaloniki with the Thessaloniki State Orchestra and at the Konzerthaus Vienna with the Vienna Academic Orchestra.

She is prize winner of national and international competitions as „Prima La Musica“, Austria, International Cello Competition in Liezen/ Styria, Janigro International Competition for young cellists, Croatia, Lions Austria Music Competition, Brahms International Cello Competition.

She was a scholarship student at the Karajan Stiftung in Vienna and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

In 2011 she won a prize grant from the Rahn Kulturfonds in Zurich, which placed a master cello at her disposal.

Born into a Greek family of musicians in 1993 in Vienna, Cristina started her cello studies at the age of six with Prof. Vladimir Malinovsky. Since 2005, she has also worked intensively with Prof. David Grigorian in Munich.

At the age of fifteen she met the renowned cellist Antonio Meneses and was asked to join his classes at the University of Arts in Berne where she graduated her studies under a scholarship of the Onassis Foundation Greece with a Master Performance Diploma in 2015. She also holds a graduate diploma from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she studied with Ralph Kirshbaum.

In addition to her studies she has worked with renowned musicians such as Natalia Gutman, Frans Helmerson, Thomas Demenga, Claudio Bohórquez, Gustav Rivinius, Leonid Gorokhov, Alban Gerhardt, Benjamin Zander, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Belcea Quartet and Hagen Quartet.

Cristina is also an enthusiastic teacher and has given masterclasses in Austria, Greece and Switzerland.

The young cellist is playing on an instrument made by Antonio Gibertini in 1844.

The project is co-financed by the Federal State of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich).

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