pianist VASSILIS VARVARESOS is a favorite performer with both
audiences and the press. After
one recital appearance, The Buffalo News reported that “Loud
applause and shouts of praise filled the air,” and on another occasion, The
Washington Post called him “A young master on the rise,
displaying enormous technical resources, commanding power and
Varvaresos’ 2005-2006 concert season includes Chopin’s Concerto No. 2
with the Dearborn (MI) Orchestra Society and Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.
1 in a return engagement with the JCC of Greater Washington.
He will also give recitals in Michigan, Maryland, and Connecticut.
soloist with orchestra in the U.S., Mr. Varvaresos has performed the Haydn
Concerto in D Major with the Hartford Symphony, the Grieg Concerto with
the Statesboro-Georgia Southern Symphony, the Mozart Concerto No. 5 with
the Modesto (CA) Symphony, the Mozart Concerto No. 20 with the Altoona
(PA) Symphony, and the Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 with the Westmoreland
Symphony (PA), among others. He
has toured extensively across the U.S. in recital.
Varvaresos’ performances in his native Greece include appearances in
Megaro Hall in Athens and the Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 with the State
Orchestra of Thessaloniki. He
has performed numerous times on Greek State Television, as well as on
television in Belgrade and Sofia. Mr.
Varvaresos has represented Greece in a special “EuroConcert” at the
Museum of Modern Art in Helsinki, at the Greek Embassy in Milan, and in a
performance for the U.S. Ambassador to Greece.
He has also performed in Austria, The Czech Republic, Bulgaria and
Varvaresos won First Prize at the 1998 Young Concert Artists International
Auditions at the age of 14, the youngest pianist ever to win the
Auditions. The Young Concert
Artists Series presented his recital debuts in New York at the 92nd Street
Y, sponsored by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation Prize, in Washington, DC
at the Kennedy Center, and a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital
Hall in 2002 as recipient of the Summis Auspiciis Prize.
He was also awarded the Diallo Prize and the Beracasa Foundation
in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1983, Mr. Varvaresos started studying music at
the age of five. He began to
read notes and play the piano so quickly that he was given a scholarship
to the Conservatory of Northern Greece.
He continued his studies at the Conservatory of Thessaloniki with
Milena Mollova. He won First
Prize in the 1995 Petar Konjovic International Competition in Belgrade and
the 1996 Pan-Hellenic Young Artist Competition in Athens, and was chosen
as one of eleven young musicians from around the world to perform in Monte
Carlo in a special “Little Mozarts” concert organized by Italy’s RAI
TV. In 2005, Mr. Varvaresos
received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he is
currently pursuing his Master of Music degree.
He studies at Juilliard with Jerome Lowenthal.
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