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Konstantinos Papadakis

(Greece/USA), piano

 

 

Robert Maggio (b. 1964)
love∙bird

Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)
Sonata in B minor, S. 178

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Four Sonatas

I. Sonata in F major, K.445
II. Sonata in D minor, K.32
III. Sonata in G major, K.284
IV. Sonata in D major, K.435

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Three movements from Petroushka

I. Russian Dance; Allegro giusto
II. Petroushka’s room
III. The Shrovetide fair:; Con moto – Allegretto – Tempo giusto – Agitato

 


Born in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, Konstantinos Papadakis has been described by the press as “one of the greatest hopes of music” as well as a “spontaneous, honest artist”. Konstantinos has performed in recitals and collaborated with chamber ensembles and orchestras in the world’s major concert halls and famous artistic centers from Russia and Southern Europe to the United States and Canada. He has recorded several works especially written for him by contemporary composers, many of which have been broadcast on radio and television. He has won several prizes and distinctions at international piano competitions, including the prestigious Yannis Vardinoyannis Award, given for the first time to a pianist, as well as the Esther & Albert Kahn Award. Other major appearances include Wigmore Hall, Jordan Hall, the Athens Concert Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and St. Petersburg’s Grand Concert Hall, where he performed in world premieres of works by Greek and Russian contemporary composers.

Commemorating the bicentennial year of Franz Liszt's birth, in 2011 Konstantinos embarked on an ambitious cycle of recitals of some of Liszt's shorter and less known works. In the spring of 2011 he recorded a new and unique CD of 23 miniature Liszt masterpieces entitled "The Short Liszt". Konstantinos studied at the Hellenic Conservatory of Crete with Vilma Antonakaki ; a year later, having already won the first prize at the Panhellenic Competition (including a Special Distinction for his own composition), he debuted as soloist in many performances showing his special musical and pianistic skills. He subsequently received a fellowship at the Hellenic Conservatory of Athens, where he studied with Costis Gaetanos, and he graduated with a First Prize Golden Medal for excellence (a superior distinction awarded for the first time to a pianist). He also attended lessons with Martino Tirimo and Nikolai Petrov.

An alumnus of Boston University's College of Fine Arts, Konstantinos studied with Anthony diBonaventura and received an Artist Diploma in Piano Performance. At his graduation in May of 2000, he was honored with the Esther & Albert Kahn Award and was invited to join Boston University's piano faculty where he remained for several years. In addition to repeated solo appearances with Boston's Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Konstantinos holds the prestigious Motoko and Gordon Deane Principal Chair as the Orchestra's pianist. From 2006 to May 2011 Konstantinos was the “Samuel Barber Artist-in-Residence” at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Currently he is on the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory's Pre-College and Continuing Education Division in Boston.


 

2012 November 30, 7:00 pm

 

Lithuanian Academy Of Music And Theatre
Concert Hall, Gedimino pr. 42

 

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