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Panos Karan

The Onassis Foundation scholarship holder, pianist Panos Karan appeared at New York's Carnegie Hall on the 19th of May 2007. He interpreted George Enescu's Suite for piano No. 2 in D major, Op.1, the work Quejas, o la maja y el ruisenor/Los Requiebros (Goyescas) by Enrique Granados, the composition by Alicia Grant entitled Cross Currents in a world premier, the composition Project Innocence by Periklis Kanaris also in a world premier, Mikhail Glinka’s Lark and Mily Balakirev’s Islamey: an, Oriental Fantasy.

His future appearances include a concert in London with the North Hampstead Orchestra during which he will interpret Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 and one in St. Petersburg where he will perform Bach's Concerto in D minor together with the St. Petersburg Kamerata.

Last August he collaborated with Russian flutist Dimitry Terntyev in the context of the “Megaro Gyzi” festival in Fyra (Santorini).

The twenty-five year old pianist has been living in London for the past few years. He started studying piano at the age of seven and gave his first public performance at the age of nine in San Francisco. In 2000 he graduated form the National Conservatoire of Greece with a unanimous grade of Excellent, a First Prize and a "Special Award for Outstanding Performance".

Having obtained a scholarship from the Onassis Foundation, he continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In February 2005 he gave a recital at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), performing works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Liszt. Next came an interpretation –the first in Greece– of two works of contemporary classical music by Spanish composers, with influences from Arabic and contemporary music: Sonatine pour Yvette by Xavier Montsalvatge and Bis by José Evangelista.

Panos has won several top prizes in national and international competitions including “Senigallia”, Italy (1998) and the “Alicia de Larrocha” International Piano Competition in Andorra (2002). In 2004 Panos was a prizewinner at the "Jose Iturbi" International Piano Competition in Valencia, Spain, after appearing in the final round with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with important orchestras and has given recitals in London and other European cities.