Scholar and pianist Constantinos Destounis won second prize at the 39th international piano competition, the Grand Prix Maria Callas 2015, together with German soloist Maria Mazo. No first prize was awarded. In fact, no first prize has been awarded in the event’s recent history. The scholar was the youngest competitor in the event. The award committee was comprised of Dmitri Bashkirov (Chairman), Andrea Bonatta, Lilia Boyadjieva, Klaus Kaufmann, Georgios-Emmanuel Lazaridis, Emmanuel Mercier, Myron Michaelidis, Hüseyin Sermet and Giannis Vakarelis.
On 25 May 2015, the finalists in round four of the competition performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Concerto at the Athens Concert Hall accompanied by the ERT Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michalis Ikonomou. The final round and prize ceremony were broadcast by ERT on 31 May 2015 and then in all European countries in partnership with EBU. The specific competition requires competitors to have a particularly extensive repertoire: 7 concertos for piano and orchestra plus one solo recital.
Konstantinos Destounis has been invited to play at the 24th Nafplio Festival in June 2015 and the Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg in the spring of 2016. He graduated from the University of Macedonia, Department of Music Science and Art specialising in the piano, and holds a degree in Piano from the Paris Schola Cantorum and the Greek Conservatoire. He has won the Eleni T. Myconiou Prize awarded by the Athens Academy, the UNESCO Gold Medal and has received honorary distinctions from the Rectorate of the University of Macedonia.
He was won numerous prizes in music competitions and in particular the 1st prize in the international Southern Highlands Competition 2013 (Australia) and the 2nd prize in the Bremen European Piano Competition in 2012. He also won prizes at the De Bach au Jazz event held in Paris, the Music and Earth competition held of Sofia and the Giorgos Thymis prize (Thessaloniki) among others. After winning the Panhellenic competition held by the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), he represented Greece at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2010 in Vienna. As a soloist he has worked with many leading orchestras, given solo performances and appeared widely in Greece and abroad, and has also recorded two albums for Bremen Radio.