The idea of Minoa Palace Chamber Music Festival first emerged during the summer of 2011 in Crete
In a discussion with my teacher Georgios Demertzis, the founder and 1st violinist of the New Hellenic Quartet, we realized we had a mutual inspiration; that of our true love for the great classical music. On the other hand, Crete as a crossroad of cultures, a destination of unique, natural beauty and vast history and tradition, has always radiated energy and inspiration. Minoa Palace Resort would become the most fertile ground for the idea to come to life.
The first concert took place in September 2012 in the 'Imperial' hall of the hotel, were Vassilis Varvaresos, George Demertzis and Angelos Liakakis, the original members that support the festival until today, first performed. Since then, Minoa Palace Resort, as the resident venue, has been a center of art for Western Crete. Young, talented and ambitious artists meet here every year and inspire local and international audiences with their creative power and inspiration.
Each year, the festival bids farewell to the cosmopolitan summer and welcomes autumn in the most artistic way: high quality performances highlight composers from the Baroque era to the 21st century, offering the audience 2 weeks of intense musical excitement. In its 7 years, 20 concerts have been held in total, attracting more than 3.100 music lovers from Greece and abroad.
"Our vision is to keep sharing the inner meaning of art with our audience, in one of the most extraordinary destinations, Crete."
Light & Darkness
Spiritual in Music
Chamber Music Festival's home
Minoa Palace Resort Hotel in Chania was built in 2002 by the Mathioulakis family in order to offer an authentic holiday and well-being experience to world travellers. To further enhance the overall guest experience, the hotel was expended with an aerial bridge connecting the Main Building Bungalow complex with the Imperial Beach Wing thus offering immediate access to the beach from both buildings.
Today, covering 35,000 sq. m. of Cretan land in the popular tourist resort of Platanias, this luxury 5-star hotel in Crete enamours guests with its majestic surroundings, the miraculous views to the shimmering Aegean Sea and the White Mountains as well as the high-end facilities and bespoke services offered. Focusing on the well-being of every individual this gem of a luxury hotel in Chania masterfully combines discreet luxury and comfort with attention to detail and attentive service ensuring a holiday beyond imaginable.