Greek to play all the classics

Greek pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou

Greek pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou

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THE second of the Erin Arts Centre Piano Series will feature young Greek sensation Dimitri Papadimitriou.

The concert takes place at 8pm tomorrow (Friday) in the Isle of Man Bank Auditorium of the Port Erin venue.

Following on from the last recital where young Romanian Royal Conservatoire of Scotland student Peter Ciobanu received a standing ovation, the series continues with one of the most promising Greek pianists of his day.

In his island concert, Dimitri, from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, will be playing works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

This pianist has already appeared several times with the Greek National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NRSOG) at some of the most important venues of Greece, with the most recent collaboration being his live radio debut.

Other appearances with the NRSOG include Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the Greek National Opera Theatre, as well as Beethoven’s C minor Piano Concerto at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall.

And most recently he performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Athens State Orchestra after winning last year’s National Concerto Competition.

Having participated in numerous festivals around the world Dimitri has had the opportunity to interact with prestigious teachers like Menahem Pressler, Dmitri Bashkirov, John O’Conor, Yoheved Kaplinsky and Arie Vardi, all of whom have praised his artistry and musicianship.

He is currently living in Dublin, where he studies with John O’Conor and maintains an active life as a young concert pianist.

He has performed in venues and festivals around Ireland including the National Concert Hall where he gave an all Liszt recital and appeared as soloist with the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Dublin Society “Rising Stars” Series, the Clifden Arts Festival and Music in Kilkenny.

Other significant appearances include guest artist performances at the Aspen Music Festival and the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of Indianapolis.

At the age of 16 he won first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition “Classical Tradition” of Moscow.

And following this award he performed in the main concert hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

He has also participated in important competitions such as the Maria Callas Piano Competition, the Scottish as well as the Dublin International Piano Competitions, and was selected to audition for the Van Cliburn Piano Competition.

He is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

The piano series is supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.

Tickets, costing £10 or £1 for under 18s, are available from the Erin Arts Centre box office on 83 2662.

The last in the 2012 series, on Friday, December 7, will be presented by Jing Duyang from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

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