Saskia Constantinou is the producer and presenter of her own programme ‘SaskiaUnreserved’ for the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio 4, which has been recently named RIK Classic.
Saskia was born in Famagusta, Cyprus. Following the completion of her BMus(Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand, she joined the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa as a violinist where she played under conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Victor Yampolsky, Yehudi Menuhin, Enrique Batiz, Efrem Kurz and Carlo Franci. Her entrepreneurial spirit and love of travel led her to open a tour operating company with its own aircraft and a cargo department.
Due to continuing violence in South Africa, Saskia moved to Cyprus in 2000, and joined the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, where she developed her own daily, classical music programme, PM Classics. Saskia also worked as a music critic in Cyprus, and had her own column in major English-language newspapers such as the Cyprus Mail and Cyprus Weekly. Interviews over the years have included personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Placido Domingo, Grigory Sokolov, Mahan Esfahani and Norman Lebrecht amongst others.
Saskia furthered her qualifications by attaining an MBA from Aspen University, USA in 2011. She was awarded the accolade Cyprus Business Woman of the Year in 2010 for the launching of an online ticketing system and for initiating the children’s gardening programme “Green Fingers”, which to date, has been attended by over 8,500 children. She has been CEO of Apollon International Connections, which developed into a multi-faceted company dedicated to the organisation and promotion of international concerts and festivals, in prestigious venues such New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Cadogan Hall, as well as launching the Cyprus International Food Festival.
In 2018, the ‘no-holds-barred’ programme – ‘SaskiaUnreserved’ was launched on the newly formed Classic Channel of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation. As producer and presenter, she interviews high profile achievers across a broad spectrum of subjects interspersed with a selection of classical music.
Saskia is passionate about gardening, basketball and travel, and takes every opportunity to do so with her fifteen-year-old daughter, Sandra.