"What I particularly enjoy is the balance he gets between virtuosity and musicality ... whatever Varvaresos plays, it is always really beautiful."
Cyprien Katsaris, BBC Music Magazine
"Varvaresos not only has a natural yet finely honed technique, it springs as one with the wide scope of profound musicianship. Varvaresos engaged his audience with a performance that sizzled from start to finish."
New York Concert Review
At the age of just 14, the outstanding Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos became one of the youngest pianists ever to have won the First Prize at the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions, since when his career across the continents of Europe and the USA has risen to the point where he has now become one of the most sought after and greatly admired pianists of his generation.
His appearance at the age of 15 in the United States was outstandingly successful, since when he has returned often and has performed in virtually all of the major American concert venues, including recitals at Carnegie's Weill Hall, New York's Morgan Library, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, as well as Philadelphia's Kimmel Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington Washington Post's headline dubbed Vassilis a "Young Master on the Rise" and following his debut recital at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, Vassilis Varvaresos was invited to perform at the White House for President Barrack Obama.
Vassilis's New York concerto debut saw him performing Lowell Liebermann's Second Piano Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra under Andreas Delfs, alongside other international performances in Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Yugoslavia.
Vassilis is also one of the first European artists to undertake a major tour of China with the leading orchestra of his native capital city - the Athens State Symphony - and in the 2017-18 season he appeared at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, the Romanian Enescu Festival, the Festival des Arcs, the Festival des Musicales du Golfe, the Senlis Festival of the György Cziffra Foundation and the Athens Festival. His concerto appearances during that same 2017-18 season included Chopin's Second Concerto with the Orchestre de Normandie, Tchaikovsky's First Concerto with the Freiburg Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven's Fourth Concerto with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra. His debut at the Istanbul Music Festival was particularly remarkable for performing Prokofiev's rarely-heard Piano Concerto No 4 for the Left Hand; later performances have included Prokofiev's Second Concerto and Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, as well as Chopin's Second Concerto in Germany and Greece.
"Musicians - not to say pianists - of the calibre of Vassilis Varvaresos come along very rarely. He is a truly outstanding artist."
Musical Opinion (UK)
Mr. Varvaresos was chosen to represent Greece at the 2008 Beijing Olympics; later, he was also laureate of the Georges Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest in September 2014 and of the Piano Masters Competition of Monte Carlo in September 2015.
A comprehensive chamber musician, Vassilis has been invited to perform at the Bozar Theater in Brussels, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Diligentia Theater of the Hague and the Gasteig in Munich. His regular chamber music partners include the leading French musicians Michel Dalberto, Henri Demarquette and Nicolas Dautricourt, alongside Noé Inui, Ella van Poucke and Anastasia Kobekina.
A most accomplished and versatile musician, Vassilis Varvaresos has written music for no fewer than ten feature films and several television series. He is also the author of a much-admired book, "Departure from the Functionality of Syntax", which was awarded the Scholastic Distinction Award at the Juilliard School.
Vassilis Varvaresos holds bachelor, masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School. He is a recent graduate of the prestigious Diplôme d' Artiste-Interprète degree at the Conservatoire Nationale et Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. His new album "V for Valse", containing music by Liszt, Scriabin, Schumann and Ravel has recently been released on the admired French label Aparte; other albums include recordings with the violinist Noé Inui and baritone Dimitris Tiliakos on the distinguished French Navis label.
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Vassilis Varvaresos events
28 August 2019: Concerts – MINOA Palace Chamber Music Festival - Platanias Crete - Greece
Wed, Aug 28 - Tue, Sep 3, 2019
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30 August 2019: Recital – Chamber Music Festival Chania, Crete
Franz Liszt - Après une lecture du Dante
2 September 2019: Recital – Chamber Music Festival, Chania, Crete
Isaac Albéniz - Asturias op.47 Maurice Ravel - Miroirs No.4 - Alborada del Gracioso Pablo de Sarasate - G. Bizet - Pablo de Sarasate Carmen Fantasy op.25 Noe Inui - Violin