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Konstantine Valianatos

Pianist Konstantine Valianatos recently made a series of appearances in the US. On 18 January 2014 he took part in the major annual chamber music event, Chamberfest, hosted by the Juilliard School in New York, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, where along with violinist Ravenna Lipchik and cellist Richard Narroway, they performed Tchaikovsky’s Trio for Piano in A minor, opus 50, bringing the event’s sequence of concerts to a close (see schedule).

In April 2013 the Greek pianist appeared at the White House in front of the President of the USA, Barack Obama, and the Archbishop of America, Demetrios, accompanied by the Archdiocese’s Greek Metropolitan Youth Choir to celebrate the anniversary of the Greek Revolution. That was followed by appearances with the choir at the Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. In May 2013, he appeared as a soloist with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra directed by conductor Juan-Carlos Lomonaco, in Dallas Texas. During recent appearances in Athens, in November 2013 he was invited by the Athens State Orchestra to perform Béla Bartók’s Concerto No. 3 directed by Vladimiros Symeonidis at the Athens Concert Hall, where he received amazing reviews.

Konstantine Valianatos has attracted attention as a unique new musical talent in the US and in Europe. He has earned many distinctions for himself so far, including 11 first prizes: 6 in international competitions such as the International Seiler Piano Competition, the Ibiza International Piano Competition, the Senigallia International Piano Competition, the San Gemini International Piano Competition, and the Aspen Colorado International Music Festival. In 2004 he received a prize for his musical talent from the then President of the Hellenic Republic, Kostis Stefanopoulos, who bestowed the highest accolade from the Athens Academy on him.

He began his piano studies aged 7 at the National Conservatory. Aged 14, with Agathi Leimoni as his teacher he acquired his diploma cum lauda and first prize. He continued his studies under the guidance of Germaine Mounier at École Normale in Paris where he acquired the Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution and the Diplôme Supérieur d’Enseignement (at the age of 14), by achieving the highest score and winning first prize among 80 entrants, as well as the Diplôme de Concertiste from the Schola Cantorum in Paris. As a student at the Juilliard School with a scholarship from the George and Mary Vergotis Foundation, he earned a Bachelor of Music in May 2012 and two years later went on to earn a Master of Music under the guidance of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin, with a general grade of Excellent. After undergoing an interview with a 5-member committee from that same school, he has been teaching compulsory piano courses there since 2012, as a Piano Minor scholar.

Konstantine Valianatos is a founding member of the Olympus piano trio, a group dedicated to chamber music, heavily influenced by Greek music and sounds. He has performed as a soloist in many summer festivals and in various chamber music ensembles, such as the Aspen International Music Festival, the Banff International Music Festival in Canada, the Mozaic Festival in St. Louis Obispo in the USA, the Poros Academy, and the Dionysios Lavrangas Festival on Kefalonia. He has appeared as a soloist with the Athens State Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Montevideo Philharmonic. He has also given performance at major music venues such as the Salle Cortort in Paris, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kosciuszko Institute in New York, the Athens Concert Hall, the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, the Veria Concert Hall and the Parnassus Literary Society in Athens. He has also participated in the WQXR McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase, in the Chopin Festival in the Bois de Boulogne and in the Chopin Festival at the World Trade Center to mark 200 years from the birth of the great composer.