Cyprien Katsaris

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Cyprien Katsaris, a French-Cypriot pianist and composer, graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied piano with Aline van Barentzen, Monique de la Bruchollerie, and chamber music with René Leroy and Jean Hubeau, he won the International Young Interpreters Rostrum-UNESCO (Bratislava 1977), the First Prize in the International Cziffra Competition (Versailles 1974).

His major international career includes performances with the world's greatest orchestras: The Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, The Philharmonia (London), The NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo), Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Myung Whun Chung, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Simon Rattle, Mstslav Rostropovich, Charles Dutoit, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christoph von Dohnányi and Karl Münchinger.CyprienKatsaris has recorded extensively for Teldec (Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin, Warsaw 1985; Grand Prix du Disque Franz Liszt, Budapest 1984 and 1989; British Music Retailer's Association's Award 1986; Record of the Year 1984, Germany, for the 9th Symphony of Beethoven/Liszt), Sony Classical, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, BMG-RCA, Decca, Pavane, and now on his own label, PIANO 21.

In addition to the standard repertory, such as the complete Concertos by Mozart, he has revived long lost works such as the Liszt/Tchaikovsky's Concerto in the Hungarian style.

In 1992, the Japanese NHK TV produced with Cyprien Katsaris a thirteen-program series on Frédéric Chopin which included masterclasses and his own performance. On 17 October 1999, he performed a recital at the Carnegie Hall dedicated to Frédéric Chopin, performed on the day of his 150th death Anniversary. On 27 January 2006, the day of the 250th Anniversary of Mozart's birth, he was the soloist at the inaugural concert. In March 2006 Cyprien Katsaris was the first pianist ever to give masterclasses in Franz Liszt's house in Weimar. In August 2008, he was invited to give two concerts on the occasion of the Beijing Olympic Games at the National Center for the Performing Arts.

He has been a member of the jury for several International Competitions and was appointed Artistic Director of the Echternach International Festival (Luxembourg) from 1977 to 2007.

Cyprien Katsaris is "Artist of UNESCO for Peace" (1997), "Commandeur de l'Ordre de Mérite du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg" (2009) and "Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters" (France 2000). He also received the "Médaille Vermeil de la Ville de Paris" (2001) and the "Nemitsas Prize" (Cyprus, 2011). He is a member of ADAP, the Association of Artists for Peace.


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