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Constantinos Destounis

Four new prizes have been added to the numerous awards received by 22-year-old pianist Constantinos Destounis: first prize at the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition in Australia, October 1-12, 2013, where he performed Rachmaninoff's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra; first prize and Honour Prize at the International Bellan Competition in Paris, May 13th to June 6th, 2013; first prize at the International Piano Competition “De Bach au Jazz”, in category G for contestants over 20 years of age, in Paris, May 7-10, 2013; first prize at the Panhellenic competition at the Thessaloniki Piano Festival, April 27-29, 2013.

As scholars of the Onassis Foundation, pianist Constantinos Destounis, violinist Danai Matchke, and cellist Michael Heupel have formed a trio and they performed at the Koroni Arts Festival on July 31st, at the International Summer Music Festival Mani–Sonnenlink at the Tower of Lefktro in Mani on August 3rd, at Neratze Mosque in Rethymno on August 9th, and at the Venizelio Conservatory in Chania on August 10th.

Constantinos Destounis graduated with full marks (first with grade 9.82) from the University of Macedonia, Department of Music Science and Art (Thessaloniki), specializing in the piano under Professor Igor Petrin. Constantinos Destounis has also obtained diplomas from the Schola Cantorum Conservatory in Paris (with the Highest Distinction) and from the Hellenic Conservatory (First Prize and Gold Medal), in the class of Prof. Agathe Leimoni. He has also attended Master Classes with Lilia Boyadjieva (Cycle de Perfectionnement – Schola Cantorum) and Aquiles Delle Vigne (Mozarteum Summer Academy). He is currently continuing his Master Classes in piano with Prof. Rolf Plagge, at Mozarteum Salzburg.

Constantinos Destounis has been honoured with the Athens Academy Award and the ceremony was attended by the former Prime Minister of Greece, Loukas Papadimos. He has also been awarded the UNESCO Gold Medal and has received distinctions from the Rectorate of the University of Macedonia. After winning the Panhellenic competition held by the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), he represented Greece at the EUROVISION Young Musicians 2010 in Vienna. He won 2nd prize at the European Piano Contest Bremen in 2012 and has received awards in several other competitions, including: the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, Seiler Competition, Konzerteum competition, Music & Earth, G. Thimis piano competition, Tehni Artistic Society, M. Chaerogiorgou piano competition, Talents of Filonas, Thessaloniki Piano Festival, the Greek Ministry of Education etc.

As a soloist he has appeared with the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Athens State Symphony Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the ERT State Symphony Orchestra, the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonietta Orchestra of Athens, the Orchestra of the University of Macedonia, and the Orchestra of Thessaloniki State Conservatory. He has performed solo recitals and has appeared in Greece, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria and South Africa. He has also made a recording for the Bremen Radio.