Piano virtuoso at College of Charleston

  • Friday, March 7, 2014

Piano virtuoso Konstantinos Papadakis of Greece, is hosted by the College of Charleston International Piano Series (IPS) for one performance at the Sottile Theatre on Tuesday, March 18, at 8 p.m. Papadakis will teach a masterclass that is open to the public, on Wednesday, March 19, at the college.

Konstantinos Papadakis has performed in recitals and collaborated with chamber ensembles and orchestras in the world's major concert halls and famous artistic centers from Russia and Southern Europe to the United States and Canada. He has won several prizes and distinctions at international piano competitions, including the prestigious Yannis Vardinoyannis Award, given for the first time to a pianist, as well as the Esther and Albert Kahn Award. He makes regular solo appearances with Boston's Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and holds the prestigious Motoko and Gordon Deane Principal Chair as the orchestra's pianist. From 2006 to 2011, he was the “Samuel Barber Artist-in-Residence” at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He has recorded several works especially written for him by contemporary composers, many of which have been broadcast on radio and television. Papadakis teaches at the New England Conservatory's Pre-College Division and recently joined the piano faculty at the Boston University.

For his IPS appearance, Papadakis will perform sonatas by Chopin and Scarlatti, excerpts from “Petrouchka” by Stravinsky and will premiere Edward Hart's “Blue Impromptu,” a virtuosic “spur of the moment” piece inspired by Chopin and influenced by Jazz.

Boston Globe describes Papadakis as “a fiery soloist” with “wrists of carbon steel.”

Individual tickets are $20. College of Charleston students and those under 18 years old are admitted free of charge. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. For information and to pre-order your tickets, call 843-953-6575 or visit www.go.cofc.edu/ips.

The International Piano Series (IPS) at the College of Charleston School of the Arts is Charleston's longest-running, year-round program with a pure focus on piano. Consistent with the school's mission, IPS plays a distinctive role in the lives of students and the community by implementing excellence in the arts and education and cultivating piano music appreciation.

Each year, IPS stages concerts for pianists hailing from the United States and around the world. While on campus, the guest artists offer masterclasses in which students perform and receive critique. These masterclasses are open to the public. The performers range from young professionals emerging onto the world stage to seasoned performers with long-established careers.

Proceeds from ticket sales and donations ensure the longevity of the program and support educational opportunities for music students.

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