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George-Emmanuel Lazaridis

The famous Greek pianist George-Emmanuel Lazaridis, who was selected by the artistic committee of the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) as the Megaron Rising Star candidate for the 2006/07 season, has recently embarked on a tour of recitals at several prestigious European and American music venues.

Lazaridis has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and other music venues in Cologne and Birmingham.

In December 2006, he successfully collaborated with Maxim Shostakovich and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra in performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1. For the period 2007-2009, George-Emmanuel Lazaridis has already planned a number of new recordings for Linn Records. His most recent album, a recording of Franz Liszt piano works released last September, was included in the top selections of the most reliable international music magazines.

Born in Thessaloniki and now aged twenty-eight, George-Emmanuel Lazaridis has embarked on a flourishing international career. His repertory includes numerous works of the Classical and Romantic eras, as well as twentieth century works and thirty piano concertos. Lazaridis has received several prizes, honorary distinctions and scholarships.

His CD release of Schumann piano works was included in the Top 10 recommendations of the BBC Music Magazine. In January 2005, Lazaridis released a record in collaboration with the Russian violinist Yuri Zhislin, presenting music by Strauss and Rachmaninov.

His recent performances, including the ‘Great Interpreters’ concert series of the Athens Concert Hall, the Monterrey International Piano Festival, and a recital at the Sala Maffeiana in Verona, Italy, were all highly acclaimed by both critics and audiences.

George-Emmanuel Lazaridis has composed works for piano, instrumental and voice ensembles, as well as music for the theatre. His work Sleepwalking, recently performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, was nominated for a Sony Award. He was recently commissioned by the Birmingham School of Acting to write the music for an audiovisual production of the Odyssey, which was directed by Malachi Bogdanov and premiered at Birmingham’s Millenium Point in June 2006. As far as his plans for the near future are concerned, George-Emmanuel Lazaridis intends to complete a song cycle for Greek singer Maria Farantouri, and an opera.