Cyprus Federation of America 2014 Testimonial Dinner

Cyprus Federation of America is organizing the 2014 Testimonial Dinner on Friday, September 26, 2014 in honor of AJC, which was established in 1906 by a small group of Jewish Americans whose mission is to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world by building important alliances across diverse ethnic and religious groups.  The honorary chairpersons are His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and His Excellency the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades.  The event will be chaired by Mr. Peter Papanicolaou.  Please see the relevant invitation for more information.

Top US Policymakers Call For End To 40 Year Division of Cyprus

WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2014 – On the eve of the 40th commemoration of the July 20 invasion, occupation and division of Cyprus, the foreign policy leadership of the US Congress and a large block of its most influential members called on Turkey to end its occupation and on the US Government to strongly support US ally, the Republic of Cyprus, and Cyprus settlement efforts.

Greek-American leaders from across the country came to Washington, DC July 15-17 for the 30th Annual Cyprus Conference, hosted by PSEKA and the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH).  Over 50 of the most influential US policymakers – from the US Congress, White House and State Department – participated in this important conference.  Highlights from this conference included:

  • The two individuals selected by the US Senate and House to lead the US Congress’ foreign policy formulation — the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Robert Menenedez (D-NJ) and the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) – took several major actions in support of Cyprus.  They:
  • Unprecedentedly signed a joint letter to President Barack Obama urging him to increase, even higher, Administration attention toward ending Turkey’s 40-year-old military occupation of our ally, the Republic of Cyprus.  This is rare among their frequently feuding parties and chambers of Congress and will significantly elevate the Cyprus issue on the American agenda.  The full text of the letter is here.
  • Also for the first time, the two Chairmen used wire cutters to sever a piece of barbed wire in front of the US Capitol Building (picture below), symbolizing their desire to end to the occupation and division of Cyprus, following a joint press conference.
  • Stood with over 30 key Senators and Members who joined them in expressing the US Congress’ support for ending the division of Cyprus.
  • Met with conference participants in the US Capitol building
    • Over 30 of the most influential Senators and Members of Congress with regard to US foreign policy toward the Eastern Mediterranean joined Greek-American leaders on the steps of the US Capitol Building to call for an end to Turkey’s 40 year division and occupation of Cyprus (pictures below).  Some of these key policymakers included:
      • Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
      • Congressmen Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee
      • Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee
      • Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Democratic Leader
      • Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman, Senate Armed Services Subcommittee / Chairman, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee
      • Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) Chairman, House Middle East Subcommittee
      • Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member, House Middle East Subcommittee/ Co-Founder, Hellenic-Israel Caucus
      • Congressman William Keating (D-MA) Ranking Member, House Europe Subcommittee
      • Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member, House Appropriations Committee & Ranking Member, House Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee
      • Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), House Democratic Leadership / Ranking Member, House Budget Committee
      • Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), House Democratic Leadership / Foreign Operations Approps. Subc.
      • Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY), House Democratic Leadership
    • Honoring Counselor to President Barack Obama and former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, John Podestaand the National Security Advisor to the Vice President Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan.
    • The Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Eliot Engel, sent a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry calling on him to encourage Turkey to cooperate in the search for the missing persons in Cyprus.
    • Over 20 Senators and Members of Congress put statements in the Congressional Record in support of US ally, the Republic of Cyprus, and Cyprus settlement efforts.  By the end of next week, a record number of Senators and Members are expected to have made statements on the Record supporting Cyprus.

Dinner in honor of Commissioner of Humanitarian Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus

Ms. Kaity Clerides organized by the Cyprus Federation of America and PSEKA at Kopiaste Restaurant Monday , March 31.

CFA holds their 43rd National Convention at Terrace on the Park

Pictured from left:  Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou, Stathis Zambas, Tasos Zambas, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis, Costas Tsentas, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Despina Axiotakis, Ambassadr George Chacalli, Consul General of Greece in NY Georgios Iliopoulos, Philip Christopher

Photo Credit:  ETA Press

Farewell Luncheon at Archdiocese

Farewell Luncheon at Archdiocese

Federation Testimonial Dinner Held to Benefit Cyprus’ Needy Children

TESTIMONIAL DINNER

The Cyprus Federation of America honored Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Mary Jaharis and Mr. George David, OBE at their Annual Testimonial Dinner for their dedication to Hellenism, Orthodoxy and humanity  and philanthropy.

 

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades addressed the guests and has pledged  that the relaunch of the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement remains the government’s first priority.

Addressing the Cyprus Federation of America’s 2013 Testimonial Dinner, that took place in New York Wednesday September 25 for the benefit of the needy children of Cyprus, President Anastasiades also said that Cyprus is working tirelessly towards the restructuring of the economy.

“The re-launching of the negotiations under the aegis of the United Nations Secretary-General in the framework of his Good Offices Mission, aiming at a fair, viable and mutually acceptable settlement to the Cyprus question based on the relevant Security Council Resolutions and the principles upon which the EU operates, remains our first priority”, said the President.  He noted that the settlement must serve, above all, the legitimate interests and be for the benefit of the people of Cyprus as a whole and not for any third country.   Anastasiades underlined that the negotiations “must be properly and thoroughly prepared in order to ensure that the aforementioned objectives are jointly and unequivocally shared and that the negotiations will bear fruit”.  “We cannot afford another failure,” he stressed.

He expressed “firm conviction that the substantive involvement of the European Union in this procedure is desirable”.

President Anastasiades said that in spite of the economic hardships, “Cyprus as a whole is working tirelessly towards the much-needed restructuring of its economy. Unfortunately, the painful consequences impact the most vulnerable”.

The Government, he added, has implemented a series of measures to overcome the challenges, but targeted and well-organised philanthropy, such as last night’s event, is also crucial.

President Anastasiades praised the three philanthropists who were honoured for their dedication to Hellenism, Orthodoxy and humanity, Michael and Mary Jaharis, as well as George A. David, OBE.

He also commended the Cyprus Federation of America, which has been a pioneer in establishing close ties between the people of Cyprus and the United States.  With over 25 active chapters across the US, it has worked tirelessly in support of collective efforts for the reunification of Cyprus and the restoration of the human rights of its people. The highlight of the evening came during Michael Jaharis’ acceptance speech when he praised the “leadership and tireless efforts of Cyprus’ Consul General in New York Koula Sophianou, especially citing her work in behalf of children in need, and pledged an additional $200,000 for the children of Cyprus.

Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos also addressed the event, as well as Archbishop Demetrios of America.

New York.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
Photos by: ETA  Press

Cypriot American Community Helping Their Brothers and Sisters In Cyprus

NEW YORK – A presentation of significant contributions to the Relief Fund for the People of Cyprus took place on at the Archdiocese Headquarters, in support of specific needs and worthwhile projects to which relief assistance will be channeled.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, presented the specific donations of organizations and individuals, which will be sent thought the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to the projects carefully selected in cooperation and with the recommendation of the Government of Cyprus, and were outlined in a letter His Eminence sent to the participants of the initial meeting he convened for that purpose on April 3, 2013. These contributions to the Relief Fund, totaling $460,000 to date, are as follows: Cyprus Federation of America $50,000 – Cyprus US Chamber of Commerce $10,000 – Peter and Nasia Papanikolaou $100,000 – Demetrios and Georgia Kaloidis $100,000 – George and Olga Tsounis $100,000 – Michael and Mary Jaharis $50,000 – Panpaphian Federation of America $10,000 – Eleftheria Pancyprian Youth Groups $10,000 – Cypriot Association of America Lampousa $10,000 – Cyprus Association Asgata $10,000 – Pancyprian Dancing Group $10,000
The three projects focused on children, for which the this relief assistance will be channeled to are: 1) The establishment of Centers for the Protection and Care of Children, 2) Association for Autism in Cyprus and its existing Day Care Centers for people with autism, and 3) Childrens’ Rehab Center (for details see Press This meeting and presentation of significant monetary contribution was the first response to the letter of Archbishop Demetrios to the 36 representatives of Greek-American and Cypriot American organizations who had participated in the initial meeting convened for raising support for Cyprus.
The newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the U.S. George Chacalli, who had a private meeting with His Eminence, participated in the presentation. Also present were the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the U.N. Nicholas Aimiliou, the Consul General of Cyprus in New York Koula Sofianou and officers of Cypriot-American organizations.

Cypriot-Americans Remember the Turkish Invasion of 1974 – 39 Years Later

Constantine S. Sirigos
Special to The National Herald

FLUSHING, NY – Prayers for the departed and expressions of solidarity with the people of Cyprus dominated the morning and afternoon of July 21 at the Church of St. Nicholas in Flushing. Parishioners and guests from throughout the New York Metropolitan Area filled the sanctuary to overflowing for the Divine Liturgy and Memorial service officiated by Archbishop Demetrios. A poignant program of music, reminiscences and exhortations followed in the Sarantakos Hall.  Andreas Hadjioannou served as the luncheon MC.  During his remarks at the luncheon, notwithstanding the recent positive signs and developments that other speakers referred to, the Archbishop said tha the key to a brighter future is the patience that encourages the people and friends of Cyprus to continue their struggle for the liberation of their nation. He noted that Rome and her armies did not snuff out Hellenism, rather, it was the culture of the Hellenes which thrived and triumphed. Rome was succeeded by the Greek Orthodox culture of Byzantium, and even after 400 years of Ottoman oppression, the people of Greece rose and prospered again. Michel Spinellis, the newly appointed Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations, concurred, declaring “we will continue the struggle until Cyprus is reunited.” His Cypriot Colleague at the UN, Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou, reinforced his words by saying the best way to memorialize those who made the ultimate sacrifice is for their friends and relatives to continue the struggle for the liberation of Cyprus.  Koula Sophianou, Cyprus’ Consul General in New York, was the keynote speaker. She paid a moving tribute to the living and the dead: the 18 year old boys who were the first to die on the front lines during the brutal surprise attack, the older generations who moved in to continue the fight, and the wives, sisters and mothers, both those who were among the many unarmed victims of the attack, and those who survived, but fought for the future of Cyprus by enduring and raising their families. Sophianou offered great and heartfelt thanks to the Diaspora for their fight for justice for Cyprus through the years, beginning with the busloads of people that went to Washington, DC and demanded of President Ford and Secretary of State Kissinger: “Turkish Troops of Cyprus.” She expressed confidence that “united as one soul,” Hellenes in Greece and Cyprus and throughout the world will soon be thrilled by bells ringing from every church in every part of Cyprus,” celebrating the liberation.

 

St. Nicholas’ newly appointed assistant priest, Fr. Aristidis Garinis, represented the Pastor, Fr. Paul Palesty, who was on vacation. The luncheon began with an invocation by Archbishop Demetrios, who thanked the individuals and groups whose donations made it possible.  Among the benefactors was musician Tasos Papaioannou, who donated his talents for the touching musical portion titled “Songs of Triumph and Struggle.” He was joined in singing and recitation by Eleni Andreou, and they were accompanied by pianist Glafkos Kontemeniotes. Costas Tsentas, the president of the Federation, thanked Archbishop Demetrios for his efforts, noting he never missed an opportunity to bring up the Cyprus issue to American officials. Philip Christopher, the  President of PSEKA, and Pancyprian Association expressed his appreciation for the presence of the leaders of many organizations, and of Rhode Island State Senator Leo Raptakis. New York City Council candidates Gus Prentzas and Costas Constantinides were also present. CFA President Costas Tsentas’ comments to TNH reflected the hearts and minds of the guests when he said “we are at St. Nicholas today to honor those who lost their lives in 1974. We will remember them forever”.

 

CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM, OR MORE SMOKE?

He hopes, as do all present, that next year in addition to a memorial service for the heroes and martyrs, they will also celebrate the liberation of the occupied territory and re-unification of the island nation with a doxology service. Tsentas and Christopher sense an important shift among American State Department officials toward a stronger desire for a just and viable and lasting Cyprus resolution. “They used those words, and they acknowledge that part of the island is under occupation,” Tsentas added. What will happen remains to be seen, he said, “but it is a good sign.” Christopher said he was “pleasantly surprised” to experience such a message at a meeting last week with Eric Rubin, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. He said Rubin welcomed recent Greek Cypriot initiatives and said it was the first time he heard s an official acknowledge that the key to a solution is not in talks between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, but in Ankara. They both also believe the discovery of huge natural gas deposits has increased both the sense of urgency and opportunity. He noted the usually intransigent Turkey is going along with calls for new talks because they sense that the economic crisis has placed Cyprus in a position of weakness, but “that’s not going to change our positions because they have always been right and just,” Tsentas said The deepening ties between Greece, Cyprus and also a crucial positive factor.

 

COMMUNITY MUST CONTACT CONGRESS

Tsentas stressed the important role the Greek- and Cypriot-American communities can play, both by expressing solidarity and providing financial support, and by communicating with its representatives. He was heartened by the attendance at the luncheon, where three extra tables had to be set up, and urged the community nationwide to support H.Res.187, the bi-partisan resolution introduced this spring by Gus Bilirakis and Carolyn Maloney. It reaffirms the United States’ commitment to the reunification of Cyprus and condemns attempts to impose an unjust settlement now that the Greek Cypriots are in an economic crisis. Tsentas said it is critical at this time for the community to get its representatives to support the resolution and Christopher stated emphatically that after 39 years, this is not the time to be disappointed or to give up. One of the highlights of the luncheon was the screening of the documentary researchedand written by Petros Petrides titled “Mnimes Axethoriastes – Eternal Memories,” about the tragedy that the women who survived the 1974 invasion continue to live every day.

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16 Av 5773                                                                                                                                           July 23, 2013

        39 Years after Turkish Invasion Cyprus Accommodation Is Within Reach 

 

                With the anxiety-inducing fitting of a new hearing aid for Mom Nina, and my own visit with friend, Lodge member, and incomparable periodontist Dr. Marc C. Levine over, I can concentrate on the meaning of a memorial, honoring those who resisted and fell defending Cyprus when waves of Turkish troops descended on July 20, 1974, occupying 39%, eventually creating the Turkish-Cypriot Republic recognized by a single nation … Turkey!

 

                 Through a gracious invitation tendered by The Cyprus Federation of America’s personable and dynamic general secretary Despina Axiotakis, joined by the International Coordinating Committee  Justice for Cyprus (ΠΣΕΚΑ), and the Cyprus Consulate of New York, I joined a capacity crowd, first for a protracted liturgy at Flushing’s St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, that was followed with nearly 100 attendees to an invitation-only luncheon.

 

The impressions of this Jewish guest on the religious aspects must include the special vestments, including a golden bejeweled miter worn by H.E. Archbishop Demetrios, and his homily evoking the day’s meaning of sacrifice and remembrance; the non-stop recitations of the psalmists, sometimes bilingually, citing the Gospel of Matthew, and mentioning the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the patrilineal descendants of the prototypical Abrahamist monotheism which pulsates in my bosom; the absence of prayer books for the faithful, passively observing the service, so filled with symbols, incense, and recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in Greek and English; sometimes encountering a devout woman, intoning the priest’s identical text. There was the placing of a wreath in memory of the fallen, and the flags of Cyprus and Greece; conspicuously missing was the American banner, a protocol requirement, and placed to the left as audience face the pulpit, according to the rules issued and complied by the American Legion. (Similarly, and always, while in the United States, the American anthem precedes the guest, foreign counterpart, a detail www.hellasfm.us daily violates!)

 

With temperatures moderating, the absence of air conditioning in the ballroom was not keenly felt. Besides, the exchanges among old and new-found friends, and the tasty fish entrée, along with brief speeches, and musical selections kept us all focused on the theme of the day to remember and honor. In short order, there was a before-the-meal prayer by the Archbishop, and a welcoming greeting from the representative of the parish council. Kostas Tsentas, president of the Cyprus Federation, moved toward reminding us that the 39 years of Turkish occupation of a substantial part of the island has resulted in dire living conditions for the majority Greek-Cypriots, expressing gratitude to “mother” Greece for its unstinting support for reunification, a thought accentuated by the Cypriot Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikos Emiliou.

 

PSEKA president Philip Christopher provided a hopeful political dimension, belatedly weaving and sounding the praise of a reality that was also present to materialize; to wit, the obvious common strands in a more positive relationship among Cyprus, Greece, and Israel, especially developing over the drilling on recently-discovered natural gas deposits, and a strategic partnership. More, there is continuous appreciation of the lasting benefits whose obvious display will help tear down the walls of suspicion between the Greek Orthodox communities and Israel, and Jews in general. For such affirmative events I have humbly and energetically toiled for years, and share in the general satisfaction experienced by people of good will everywhere!

 

The program’s highlight was the keynote that was provided by Cyprus Consul-General Koula Sophianou, whose tenure has been marked with uncommon grace, effectiveness, and deep understanding of issues, endearing her to all who meet her. She and I have a rapport which permits easy and frequent, informal, expressions of opinion which is the quintessential meaning of a relationship of trust, allowing me to proudly declare her a very special friend!

 

Consul-General Sophianou spoke of the pathos of having generations live with fear, deprivation, separation, desecration; indeed, this insightful diplomat has spent all her years never having experienced life free to traverse the length and breadth of that beautiful isle of Aphrodite. It was a pleasure to see Greek Consul Evangelos Kyriakopoulos, in one of his last round of public appearances, as he is ending his tenure to return to Athens for rest, recreation, and eventual reassignment. My contact with this envoy were always marked with willingness to offer high quality service, smiling as I recall my co-religionist David’s, a Drama native, wonderment how expeditious was the process of claiming his right to a Greek passport.

 

 There followed the projection of a 16-minute documentary, produced by Petros Petridis. Putting human faces to the Cyprus tragedy, several women spoke of loss, a family member, a son, or a recently-acquired husband, and this plaintive story. An entire family, having come to the United States and prospering, decided to return to live among their compatriots, shortly before the Turkish invasion. In the event, they lost everything, and, in mid-life, they come back America to begin anew the rebuilding of destroyed lives.

 

A musical selection, composed by Polys Kyriakou, our local jewel of Astoria, touched the strings of our hearts as Tasos Papaioannou and Eleni Andreou, with piano accompaniment by Glavkos Kontemeniotis, offered songs of the seaport Kyrenia, perhaps for the last year under occupation. The closing remarks by Archbishop Demetrios stressed our commitment to see a reunited Cyprus, if it takes many more years; after, all, Greece rose in the 19th century, nearly four centuries after the Ottomans conquered Constantinople and Byzantium in 1453. It is not a unique assessment of history to suggest that errors were made at critical points in Cyprus march to independence in 1960, and, alas, in its government under the leadership of the Ethnarch Archbishop Makarios, myopically pursuing an anti-American policy, and joining the non-aligned bloc in the Cold War, the moral challenge of the post-war generations: lacking Turkish-Cypriot input in the struggle for autonomy; acting with an air of superiority in administering power, creating high anxiety in the Moslem minority; blithely promoting ENOSIS, union with Greece, which was intentionally provocative not only to Turkish-Cypriots, but their mainland patrons.

 

Thus, 39 years on, there is a more worldly leadership in Cyprus, a member of the European Union, solidly connected to the West, and even able to teach its senior compatriots in mainland Greece how to be pro-Israel, and even touch the third rail of religious politics, as Archbishop Chrysostomos and Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger signed an agreement whereby the island’s Orthodox Church expunges the dogma of collective Jewish guilt for the crucifixion. There is much that we, Jews, Greeks, and Cypriots, share in common, demonstrating that we can shatter the taboo of mindless anti-Zionism, as we together marched in this year’s Celebrate Israel Parade! With understanding, tolerance, and compassion we can increase inter-communal trust-enhancing crossings in Cyprus, and eventually create a binational, or federated new Cyprus that will be the envy of other war-ravaged lands. It is a dream within our reach, if we can only will it, and now, avoiding the lapse of tens, hundreds, or even a thousand years.

 

Sincerely, and with fraternal affection,

                Asher

Prof. Asher J. Matathias

Cathedral’s Summer Soiree Honors Cyprus’ Sophianou

Photo Credit: Dimitris Panagos

June 23, 2013 – The Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity held   Soiree 2013 Celebrating the work of Koula Sophianou, Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus to New York at the Tribeca Rooftop in Lower Manhattan on June 23. The gathering, a fundraiser for the Cathedral which included a parallel affair for young professionals, was presented with the blessings of Archbishop Demetrios of America, Fr. Anastasios Gounaris, the Dean, and the Cathedral Council. The most touching part of an emotional and beautiful Sunday evening was the presence of the honoree’s mother, who travelled from Cyprus unbeknown to Sophianou, who gasped with joy when they first saw each other. Dora Sophianou told TNH that, “It was a great surprise. I received a phone call from Panicos Papanikolaou,” who worked with Dean Poll, the President of the Cathedral Council who thought of the gesture, to make it happen.”

The Cyprus Federation of America, one of the sponsors of the event, came out in full force to honor their own Koula Sophianou.  Past President Panicos Papanicolou was an honorary chairman.  Attending were:  CFA President Costas Tsentas, Despina Axiotakis, Kyriacos Papastylianou, Peter Kakoyiannis, Martinos Kyprianou, Soteroula Karacostas, Niovi Philippou.  Other fellow Cypriots and sponsors Philip Christopher, Nikos Mouyiaris, Sophia Cotzia also attended

Lampousa ‘Taste of Cyprus’ Night – April 2013

Lampousa Greek Cypriot Association of NJ hosted a “Cyprus Night” at St. John the Divine Cathedral in Tenafly, New Jersey. The President Stavros Kamilaris and his committee did an amazing job and the young children danced traditional Cypriot dances and sang traditional songs. Mrs. Thecla Colon was honored for all her work especially for teaching the children the Cypriot dances. We thank Consul General Koula Sophianou for always being present.  CFA President Costas Tsentas thanked the President and his committee for an outstanding job.

Cyprus Federation marches in the Celebrate Israel Parade

The Cyprus Federation of America and the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York were proud to march on Sunday June 2, with their members, in New York’s “Celebrate Israel Parade” and take pride in expressing their solidarity with the people of Israel and the Democratic values we share.

Newly Elected CFA Executive Committee

Newly Elected CFA Executive Committee

We welcome the newly elected Cyprus Federation of America Executive Committe members…

Seated (l to r): Endy Zemenides, Thomas C. Kyrus, Despina Axiotakis Costas Tsentas (newly elected President), Soteroula Karacostas, Niovi Philippou, Peter Louca.

Standing (l to r): Stavros Kamilaris, Peter Papanicolaou (outgoing president), Peter Kakoyiannis, Nicos Tziazas, Chris Nicolaou, Andreas Pavlou, Chris Karamanos, John Papas, Martinos Kyprianou, Kyriacos Papastylianou, Nicos Zittis, Stathis Zambas, Tasos Zambas.

Cyprus Federation of America presented concert Cyprus “Musical Filoxenia” at Lincoln Center

By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
Cyprus` Presidency of the EU and the country`s 52nd anniversary of independence were celebrated with an event at the New York City’s Lincoln Center on Wednesday. The event was attended by President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, heads of state and government, ministers, and members of the diplomatic corps, among others.

The whole event was organized by the Cyprus Federation of America in cooperation with the Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the UN and the General Consulate.

The program, titled “Cyprus: Musical Filoxenia”, included a banquet and a recital by the world-renowned French-Cypriot pianist and composer Cyprien Katsaris, with the participation of the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Youth Choir, the Greek-Cypriot baritone Constantinos Yiannoudes and 14-year-old tenor George Ioannou. Congratulating them, President Christofias said all the songs spoke about Cyprus.

Speaking at the event, Barroso said Cyprus has invested much in a successful Presidency of the EU and a stronger Europe. Van Rompuy referred to his friendship with President Christofias and said he would refrain from any political statements.

Cyprus Federation President, Peter Papanicolaou expressed satisfaction for the event, attended by over one thousand people, including Archbishop Demetrios and prominent members of the Greek American Community.

After the event, President Christofias departed from New York.

DINNER WITH CFA

President of the Republic Demetris Christofias has praised UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his contribution in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem during his term in office.

In a speech at a dinner hosted in his honour by the Cyprus Federation of America on Monday, President Christofias said “irrespective of the difference of opinion, this SG did his utmost to help us promote a solution to the Cyprus issue”.

He said “the SG has been under a lot of pressure to make statements on the procedure of the talks and on convening an international conference, but at the end, I believe we have maintained our positions and pressure from some of our allies has not been successful”.

President Christofias said that international leaders are aware of the Cypriot positions and “unfortunately, our views have been vindicated”.

The Cypriot President praised the role of the Cyprus Federation and its members, noting that it has been very significant and helpful for the government.

“I would like to thank you for our cooperation, not only in the past five years but also the seven years when I was the Speaker of the House of Representatives”, he said. “It was fruitful and effective”, he added.
He also paid tribute to the humanitarian activity of the Federation and the work of the members of the Cypriot community.

President of the Federation, Panicos Papanicolaou praised the cooperation of the Cypriot community with President Christofias and the government in the past five years. “We want to thank you for the cooperation we had in the past five years and the sincerity with which you have handled the problems and the issues we have raised”.

Honoring the Freedom Fighters EOKA Struggle 1955-59 April 1, 2012

New York.- (Credit Apostolos Zoupaniotis of the Greek News)

The Cyprus Federation of America held a Memorial Service for the fallen heroes of EOKA, the 57th anniversary of the struggle of the Freedom fighters 1955-59. The event, organized by the CFA and PSEKA and under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Republic of Cyprus in New York, was attended by over 400 people at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Hempstead, New York and officiated by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.

The Defense Minister of Greece, Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, spoke in the church, who described the April 1 day a remembrance for Hellenism in every corner of the globe. Mr. Avramopoulos thanked the Cypriot organizations for inviting him to attend as he was here for an official visit to the U.S. to meet with his U.S. counterpart. “We are with you to share those sacrifices. You made. Referring to the sacrifices of the fighters of EOKA FIGHTERS were INTERRED, the Greek Defense Minister said that such was the Union of Cyprus with Greece, but the coup that followed paved the way to Turkish invaders.

Attending the service were the Chief General of Greece Michalis Kostarakos, the permanent representatives of Cyprus and Greece to the UN Ambassadors Nikos Emiliou and Anastasis Mitsialis, General consuls in Greece and Cyprus, Koula Sofianou and Giorgos Iliopoulos, Mr. Panicos Papanicolaou, President of the Cyprus Federation of America along with the CFA Executive Committee, Mr. Philip Christopher, President of the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus and many leaders of other organizations.

Officiating the service was His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.

The service was followed by a cultural event of the Cyprus Federation of America and PSEKA, under the auspices of the General Consulate of Cyprus for the struggle of EOKA FIGHTERS. Mr. Petros Petridis curated and featured songs, read stories of heroes and documentaries for the fight against the British. Event Chairman, Mr. Peter Louca, CFA Vice President and President of Asgata Association “Cyprus” presented the speakers and also recognized Mr. Andreas Karacostas who was one of the EOKA Freedom Fighters.

The President of the Cyprus Federation of Papanicolaou thanked the St. Paul’s community for hosting the event and stressed that it is our duty to honour those who gave their lives and because of their struggle we and our children can call ourselves Greeks today. Mr. Papanicolaou emphasized that His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has always stayed beside us and is willing to help wherever he is and always speaks about Cyprus.

The President of PSEKA Mr. Philip Christopher stressed that 57 years ago, the Greek Cypriots joined together and began a struggle for the freedom of Cyprus and that the fight continues today. He asks everyone to join in the battle and meet with Washington officials to speak about Cyprus until the fight is not over.

The General Consul of Greece Mr. Iliopoulos underlined that we pledge to continue the struggle until the liberation of occupied Cyprus. He stressed that Greece will always be present and they will not forget that Cyprus is one of their first priorities.

Greeting was given by the new Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN Ambassador Nicolas Emiliou, who arrived Saturday in New York City and assumed his duties today. Mr. Emiliou expressed joy that after his first day in New York, he joined his expatriates who are celebrating a day for Cyprus and that after 57 years; the soul of the Greeks in Cyprus began a struggle against a mighty Empire for liberty of their homeland. Unfortunately, after 57 years the struggle still continues with the homeland divided as a result of the Turkish invasion and occupation but the struggle remains high until freedom is restored in place and restore human rights. We commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives for freedom but we continue our struggle every day and this is the best we can do for the memory of those people who have given their lives for the fatherland. The Ambassador pledged his support and we will continue to support the struggle until Cyprus is free.

Archbishop Demetrios spoke of the heroes of EOKA FIGHTERS and stressed that, based on the life and the work they should formally be recognized as national heroes and martyrs. The Archbishop said that he will pressure the U.S. Administration to put an end to this injustice.

Cyprus Federation of America 40th National Convention

Attended by representatives from across America, the Cyprus Federation of America held their 40th National Convention on Saturday, March 24th at Terrace on the Park. Attending the conference were His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America, Minister of Justice of The Republic of Cyprus Mr. Loukas Louca, Ambassador of Greece, Vassilis Kaskarelis, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus Pavlos Anastasiades, Ambassador to the U.N. Minas Hadjimichael, Council Generals of Greece and Cyprus, Mr. George Iliopoulos and Ms. Koula Sophianou, Consul of Greece Evangelos Kyriakopoulos, Parliamentarians Elias Karanikas from Evritania and Nicos Panagiotopoulos from Kavala,Greece and Pseka President, Philip Christopher.

President Peter Papanicolaou confirmed the positive work of the Federation and member chapters and congratulated them all in promoting Cyprus and actively holding cultural activities, and helping the youth and many charitable organizations. During the Conference the Presidents of clubs reported on their yearly activities.

Mr. Papanicolaou stated “As President I feel proud because this organization has been built on sound foundations in order to ensure the continuity for our community in the USA. I am very pleased to hear from both expatriates and Americans praise for our Organization and the work of the Federation”. Mr. Papanicolaou stated that the Cypriot community has developed a very important work in relation to the Cyprus problem and has been involved in American political life and gained access to Washington, in Congress and in the White House.

What counts in American politics and to make things happen “we must help with votes and money”. Even though we are a small community, we have power and there are several of us who pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to have these opportunities. Much more work needs to start from the local level up.. Mr. Papanicolaou stated that we must now intensify our work because Turkey has organized well at all levels in America.

The President of PSEKA, Philip Christopher, said that since the invasion of 1974, the Organization and its members have embarked on a journey, but unfortunately still have not reached their destination. The destination has not changed and for 37 years we have fought hard but Lapithos, Kerynia, Apostolos Andreas, Morphou, and Famagusta are still occupied. For 37 years we support the Government of Cyprus and the democratically elected President and even though you may not always agree with manipulations in Cyprus we must remain together in unison because of our common goal. “What we must resist all together is the aim of Turkey for annexation of occupied Cyprus. And this message should be sent to Congress “. He said that now that the Turkey talks about annexation, gives us the opportunity to change and progress. Mr. Christopher also mentioned the positive developments, such as the issue of natural gas and of cooperation with Cyprus and Israel, urging everyone to continue the struggle.

The Minister of Justice: “Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership insist to submit proposals that invalidate the convergences which achieved substantial capital of Cyprus, or evade the debate on key issues, causing a serious setback and undoing whatever progress had been achieved in the talks,” Mr. Loukas Loucas said in his speech.

The Minister representing the Cyprus Government, conveyed to the community warm greetings of the President of the Republic, Mr. Christofias, and of the people of Cyprus and their sincere thanks for the continued support and solidarity of the Omogenia, to repeated efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, the discharge of Cyprus by the Turkish occupation and unification.

“This race serves consistently from the first moment of his or her duties, by taking initiatives to exit from deadlock and reach a solution as soon as possible. A concerted and mutually agreed solution of the Cyprus problem, under, bi-zonal Federation. A solution fair, functional and sustainable, which ends the occupation and settlement, will reunite the territory, people, institutions and the economy, and ensures and preserves a member with a domination, a nationality and one international personality on the basis of political equality as defined in the relevant resolutions of the Council.

The Cyprus Federation honored departing Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael at the convention who was transferred to Berlin.

Greek Independence Day Parade 2012

Greek Independence Day Parade 2012The Cyprus Federation of America proudly marched in the Greek Independence Day Parade on Sunday, March 25th with all it’s chapter members. The Cyprus Federation of America thanks the Parade’s 2012 Grand Marshall Senator Bob Menendez for his continued support for all things Cypriots and his support for our Greek Heritage. Thank you Senator Menendez.

Cyprus Federation Donates Books to Queens Library

Cyprus Federation Donates Books to Queens LibraryThe Cyprus Federation of America donated over 100 copies of the hardcover book, “Cyprus Crossroads of Civilizations”, to the Queens Library that will be distributed to over 62 of their branches. The book was published on the occasion of 50 years of Cyprus Independence and was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Peter Papanicolaou, CFA President, pointed out that the book is over 300 pages and is a beautiful book explaining the over 10,000 history of Cyprus and illustrates the antiquities in fine detail. Mr. Tom Galante, President & CEO and Queens Library Foundation Executive Director Diana Chapin gratefully accepted the donation. Mr. Galante thanked the CFA for this wonderful donation and would welcome more books about Cyprus.

The book will be included in the frame of expedition “Buy a book” and it will constitute the first phase of donation of Cypriot books. The Consul General of Cyprus Koula Sophianou stated that this is a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn about the rich history of Cyprus. Mr. Costas Constantinides was instrumental in organizing this event.

Attending the event were CFA members including Despina Axiotakis, CFA General Secretary, Ms. Sophia Cotzia, Executive Director of PSEKA, Mr. Nikos Tziazas, Mr. Kyriacos Papastylianou, Mr. Angelos Angeli. Mr. Papanicolaou offered tickets to the children visiting the library to attend the upcoming Vassilis Varvaresos piano concert at Carnegie Hall.

NEPOMAK celebrates 10 year anniversary by developing new programmes at South Africa meeting

The Executive Council of NEPOMAK met in South Africa over the Christmas period from 27-30 December 2011. Members of the Executive Council from around the world, as well as young Cypriots, SAE Youth and NAHYSOSA representatives from across South Africa and Africa participated in the meeting.

The meeting was officially opened on Tuesday 27 December at the St George’s Hotel in Pretoria. The keynote speaker at the opening ceremony was George Bizos, a prominent Human Rights lawyer and Nelson Mandela’s lawyer. Mr. Bizos spoke about the importance of rule of law, identity and his experiences in South Africa. Other speakers who addressed the opening ceremony were the Archbishop of Pretoria and Johannesburg Damaskinos, Mr Cleopa Elia (President of the Cyprus Brotherhood of South Africa), Mr. Christos Karaolis (President of NEPOMAK), Mr. Philip Papathanasiou (President of NAHYSOSA) and Mr. Michael Pappas (President of NEPOMAK South Africa).

The meeting of the Executive Council focused on establishing new programmes for members, new partnerships with other NGOs and charities as well as how NEPOMAK can continue to support Cyprus and lobby decision makers even more effectively.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to begin developing the plans for the celebrations of NEPOMAK’s 10th anniversary in 2012. The Executive Council discussed the recently launched NEPOMAK logo re-design competition, how to coordinate events across member organizations to celebrate NEPOMAK’s 10 year anniversary and also how to refresh and update NEPOMAK’s strategic goals to ensure NEPOMAK remains relevant over the next 10 years.

NEPOMAK President, Christos Karaolis said “We are exceptionally grateful to the South African and Zimbabwean Cypriot communities for the warm welcome that they gave us. During the course of our meeting we put in place proposals for new programmes and initiatives that will ensure we continue to deliver on our core aims: raising awareness of the Cyprus issue and
maintaining Cypriot culture and identity across the diaspora. With these activities, I am confident that NEPOMAK will continue to go from strength to strength over the next 10 years.”

Members of the Executive Council also visited the Hellenic Cypriot Brotherhood of South Africa and Cypriot communities in Cape Town and Zimbabwe.

If you would like more information about NEPOMAK or the Executive Council meeting visit www.NEPOMAK.org, or email communications@nepomak.org.

General Greek Consul Aghi Balta Awarded in NY

The Cyprus Federation of America held a farewell reception for the General Consul of Greece in NY, Mrs. Aghi Balta and was attendeded by the Greek-Cypriot Community on Thursday, December 22, for her 4 years of service to the community. The President Mr. Panicos Papaicolaou and the CFA board awarded Mrs. Balta with a replica of the Kyrenia Ship, a photo album of all the events she attended and spent with them and a camera to take with her as a memento.

Before the members of the boards of the Greek-American and Greek-Cypriot Communities, the Archbishop of America Demetrios and several other attendees, Mrs. Balta accepted the honoring award and commented that she was very touched by the honor bestowed upon her.

“Greece is a country with a millennia long history. Its cultural heritage is its unique strength. We need to trust this strength for the future. Soon our country will get back on its feet. We have your support. We have Greece. The Greeks of America are an exceptional example of what the Greek people is capable of achieving. Be strong and have faith,” said Mrs. Balta.

The Greek Consul has received special awards from other organizations, such as the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA), the Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Asgata Association “Cyprus’ in an event held at  “Terrace On The Park”.

Mrs. Balta was loved by the entire Greek Community in NYC and they all thanked her for all she has done for the community and helped with their problems during the past 4 years.

Mrs. Balta will be serving in Chile beginning in January 10, 2012, in order to represent Greece in the Latin American country for the next 4 years. Her place in NY will be covered by diplomat Mr. George Heliopoulos.

Photo credits: Greek American News Photo Agency DIMITRIOS S. PANAGOS

The Cyprus Federation of America honors Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

The Cyprus Federation of America held their Annual Gala Dinner on Friday, September 23rd at Terrace on the Park. During the Gala Dinner, the Cyprus Federation of America honored Maryland Senator Ben Cardin for his long standing support towards Greece and Cyprus in the US Congress. His predecessor Senator Paul Sarbanes made the presentation.
Attending the event and presenting the award was President Demetris Christofias who congratulated the US Senator and thanked all other US politicians who addressed the Gala expressing their support towards Cyprus.
He paid special tribute to the efforts of the Cyprus Federation and the Cypriots of America for staying united and fighting for Cyprus.  His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios also attended and presented the award along with President Christofias and President of the CFA, Mr. Peter Papanicolaou.
The event’s MC was Andy Manatos. Also present at the event were, Foreign Minister Erato Markoullis, Cyprus Government Spokesman Stefanos Stefanou, Ambassadors Minas Hajjimichael and Pavlos Anastasiades, Congressman Mike Grimm, State Senator Michael Gianaris, State Assembywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, Consul Generals of Greece and Cyprus Aghi Balta and Koula Sofianou, AHEPA Supreme President John Grossomanides, the Presidents of the Hellenic Federations of New York and New Jersey Elias Tsekerides and Tasso Efstratiades etc.

A Very Successful Program of Remembrance by Cypreco on the Occasion of the 37th Tragic Anniversary of the Turkish Invasion

A Full House of Guests Attended to Declare That They “Never Forget”.

Despite the July heat wave, a full house of guests, dignitaries, Greek and Cypriot officials, as well as New York State Elected officials responded to CYPRECO’s invitation and attended the organization’s special public service remembrance program on Cyprus on July 20, 2011, the date which marked the 37th tragic anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion and subsequent occupation of the northern part of the island. [Read more…]

Cyprus Federation of America participates in the Greek Independence Parade

The Cyprus Federation of America proudly marched in the Greek Independence Day Parade on Sunday, March 27, 2011.   Marching were all the chapter members of the Federation including the Pancyprian Philharmonic, the Cyprus Youth Association and the Pancyprian Youth Dance Division.

Cypriot-Americans Vow to Continue Struggling for Freedom in Cyprus

By Demetrios Rhompotis.

A call to unity and action despite the negative messages coming from Turkey, was the main theme at this year’s Cyprus Federation of America (CFA) annual National Convention held this past March in New York on the eve of the Greek-American parade.

Addressing the meeting and touching upon the ongoing UN-led talks towards a solution of the Cyprus problem, the country’s Ambassador to Washington Pavlos Anastasiades said that “many of the proposals put forward by the Turkish Cypriot side, jeopardize the agreed base for a settlement.“

[Read more…]

CYPRECO Paid Tribute To “The Immortals”

On Friday, April 1st CYPRECO of America presented with outstanding success a special commemorative program at the Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria, New York to commemorate the 56th anniversary of the launch of the liberation struggle of the Greek Cypriots against British colonization in Cyprus, Under the title, “To The Immortals” -Those Who Believed That Freedom Is NOT Given, You Must Fight For I. In attendance were His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America  and Guest Speaker was the Minister of Health of Cyprus Dr. Christos Patsalides who represented the Cypriot Government .P roducer and Host, Elena Maroulleti  acknowledged the presence of a freedom fighter, Mr. Andreas Karacostas who was among the youngest to enlist in the struggle at the age of almost 16 and who operated with the code name “Vounisios” and was captured by the British and after his unsuccessful attempt to escape he was kept in high security imprisonment for 2 years until the end of fight in 1959. [Read more…]

Discover Cyprus Program – Back for 2014

NEPOMAK is the World Organization for Young Overseas Cypriots. A global organization dedicated to the needs of young overseas Cypriots around the World, with member branches in eight countries including Africa, Australia, Canada, Greece, South Africa, the UK and the USA.

What is the NEPOMAK Discover Cyprus Programme?

The NEPOMAK Discover Cyprus Program has been created in partnership with the Youth Board of Cyprus, the University of Cyprus and is funded by the Government of Cyprus. The Program aims to provide young overseas Cypriots with the opportunity to visit their homeland undertake a series of cultural activities and participate in an intensive language course. Accommodation is provided at the modern and well-equipped student residences at the University of Cyprus. The Programme is heavily subsidised, covering accommodation, course and excursion costs and part of the airfare. The participants will also be required to make a contribution. [Read more…]

CFA Honors Dr. Panagiotis Manolas and Mr. George Tsunis at Their Annual Awards Gala on Friday, September 24

The Cyprus Federation of America honored two outstanding individuals, Dr. Panagiotis Manolas with the “Philanthropic/Humanitarian Award” and Mr. George James Tsunis with the “Justice for Cyprus Award” on Friday, September 24th.   Presenting the awards was The President of the Republic of Cyprus, His Excellency Mr. Dimitris Christofias.  A crowd of over 380 people filled the Terrace on the Park.  From Left:  H.E. Marcos Kyprianou, Foreign Minister of Cyprus, H.E. Dimitris Droutsias, Foreign Minister of Greece, His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, H.E. Dimitris Christofias, President of Cyprus, children of Dr. Manolas, Melina and son Anthony, Dr. Manolas, George Tsunis, Olga Tsunis, Eleni Tsunis and Peter Papanicolaou, CFA President.

Photo Credited: The National Herald

CFA and the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” Holds Memorial Service Commemorating July 20th

The Cyprus Federation of America and the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” held a Memorial Service on Sunday, July 18th commemorating the July 20th, 1974 Invasion of Cyprus by Turkey.   The service was held at St. Catherine’s Church in Astoria, New York and officated by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.  Many dignitaries attended including H.E. Aglaia Balta, Consul General of Greece, The Honorable Koula Sophianou, Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Panicos Papanicolaou, Cyprus Federation President, Mr. Philip Christopher, President of the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (Pseka), The Honorable Michael Giannaris, Ms. Aravella Simota, Mr. Nikos Mouyiaris, Executive Vice President of Pancyprian, Mr. Andreas Comodromos, Chairman of the Cyprus U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Members of the CFA Executive Committe, and Presidents of Member Organizations.   Speeches and remembrances were made at the coffee reception that was hosted by CFA and PSEKA.  Many events will be held in Washington, D.C. from July 20th through July 23.

Photo Credited: Dimitris Panagos

Hospitality Trip 2010

The 26 children that participated in the Cyprus Hospitality Trip Program for ten days experienced the wonderful culture and history of Cyprus by visiting Museums, Archeological Sites, Monasteries. The highlight of their trip was visiting the President of Cyprus, Mr. Demetris Christofias who told the children to become  ambassadors in their own country and speak about Cyprus to others.  They children were also received by The House of Representatives President Marios Gharoyan.  The trip is organized every year by the Cyprus Federation of America and accommodations are paid by the Cypriot Government.

The New York Pancyprian-Freedoms Win. They Are the 2010 National Champions!

Congratulations to our team for making us proud with their win.

This is the fifth National title in the team’s glorious history of (35) years.  In 2010, the team was crowned by three special titles:  Cosmopolitan League Champi8ons, NY State Cup Champions and USA National Champions.  I a dramatic game in Philadelphia on Sunday, August 1st, the NY Pancyprian Freedoms outlasted the Detroit Kickers.  After leading 1-0 for 90 minutes, Detroit tied the game.  In 30 minutes of overtime, the score was tied 2-2.  After only 3 penalty kicks, the NY Pancyrians were declared Champions 3-0.  Congratulations to the players, coaches and the athletic division!   Special thanks to the many fans and supporters.

CFA Philanthropic Fund Recital

Vassilis VarvaresosOn March 19, 2012, the world-renowned Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos performed at a benefit piano recital at Carnegie Hall to thunderous applause. The recital was sponsored by the Cyprus Federation of America with the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America. Named Most Promising Young Greek Artist from the Critics’ Association of Greece, Mr. Varvaresos has been hailed by the Washington Post as a “young master on the rise.” Winner of the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions at the age of 14 (the only Greek that has ever won the auditions), he was, among his many achievements, the soloist with the Athens State Symphony Orchestra, representing Greece on a two-week tour of China, on the occasion of the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games.

Mr. Varvaresos who graciously offered to donate the proceeds from this extraordinary recital to the Cyprus Federation of America’s “Philanthropic Fund,” which provides hospitality services and financial support to children from Cyprus and Greece undergoing comprehensive medical treatment in the United States was received by the community with a thunderous applause. Over 550 people attended this incredible concert and Mr. Varvaresos did not disappoint. Thank you Vassilis!! Bravo!

During these critical financial times in Greece and Cyprus, the generosity of the Greek American Community to people in need has never been greater. The Cyprus Federation of America is once again seeking your generous support through one of the enclosed sponsorship opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

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“Varvaresos not only has a natural yet finely honed technique, it springs as one with the wide scope of profound musicianship. Varvaresos engaged his audience with a performance that sizzled from start to finish. ” – New York Concert Review

VASSILIS VARVARESOS

In December 2010 Mr. Varvaresos was named Most Promising Young Greek Artist from the Critics’ Association of Greece. The dynamic young Greek pianist is also the 1st Prize winner of the Maria Chairogiorgou-Sigara 3rd International Piano Competition, held in Athens in May 2010.

Winner of the coveted First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions at the age of 14, his recital debuts in New York and Washington were acclaimed. The New York Concert Review ended thus: “Following this great program greatly played, Vassilis Varvaresos played a spicy Greek dance with all the exuberance and heartiness of a soul in love with life.” The Washington Post’s headline called him a “Young Master on the Rise.”

Mr. Varvaresos made his sensational New York orchestra debut in 2007 at Lincoln Center performing Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Andreas Delfs. In October 2010, as a special guest of the Archbishop of the Greek-Orthodox Church of America, Mr. Varvaresos appeared with the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra in Chopin’s Piano Concerto in e minor at Alice Tully Hall, while in the winter of 2008 he was asked to be the soloist with the Athens State Symphony Orchestra, representing Greece on a two-week tour of China, on the occasion of the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games. Mr. Varvaresos, on this occasion, performed in front of a total of 6000 people.

Since its American debut at the age of 15, Mr. Varvaresos has performed in virtually all of the United States. Major appearances include recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the 92nd Street Y of New York, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington. This season marks Mr. Varvaresos debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall while he will also be appearing in chamber music concerts at the Morgan Library.

Mr. Varvaresos has written music for ten films, including “Sir John Soane” and “Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments” and for a television series. He has co-authored the musical “Delilah”, while his book “Departure From the Functionality of Syntax” was awarded the Scholastic Distinction Award at the Juilliard School.

Mr. Varvaresos holds a bachelor of music degree and a master of music degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. In May 2011 Mr. Varvaresos received his Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School. He was a student of Jerome Lowenthal, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Robert MacDonald.

Currently residing in Paris, Mr. Varvaresos is pursuing the prestigious Diplôme d’ Artiste-Interpète degree at the Conservatoire Nationale et Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, France. He studies with Michel Dalberto.