KONSTANTINE VAIANATOS, PIANO

Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 7:30PM

MENDELSSOHN  Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor

BRUCKNER  Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  Flight of the Bumblebee

Pianist Konstantine Valianatos has attracted attention as an exciting young musician of great talent in both the United States and in Europe.  The recipient of numerous awards, he has won eleven first prizes, six of them at International Competitions, including the International Seiler Piano Competition, International Ibiza Piano Competition, the Senigallia International Piano Competition, and the San Gemini International Piano Competition, and the Aspen Music Festival Competition, and is the recipient of scholarships as winner of the Gina Bachauer, Yamaha, Onassis and I.K.Y. Foundation Competitions.  In 2004, Valianatos’ artistry and integrity were officially acknowledged when the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stefanopoulos presented him with the highest accolade from the Athens Academy.    

A dedicated chamber partner, with violinist Regi Papa and pianist Benjamin Capps he is a founding member of the Olympus Piano Trio, a group dedicated to celebrating chamber music and the Hellenic spirit.  A participant in numerous summer festivals both as soloist and chamber pianist, including the Aspen International Music Festival, the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, and the Poros Academy in Poros, Greece, Valianatos will be featured at the Kefalonia Dionisios Lavragas Festival in summer 2012.    

            Committed to sharing his gifts with the New York City community, and in particular with young people, Valianatos travels often to the Bronx to teach piano to schoolchildren from diverse backgrounds.  He maintains ties with New York City’s Greek American community by accompanying the Greek Archdiocesan Metropolitan Youth Choir. In 2012, Valianatos will be teaching a piano class at the Juilliard School as a piano minor fellow.

            A native of Athens, Greece, Valianatos began his piano studies at age seven at the National Conservatory of Greece.  At age fourteen, he was awarded the “Diploma of Soloist” with highest distinction.  He continued his studies at the Ecole Normale in Paris with Germaine Mounier and Agathe Leimoni, receiving the “Diplome Superieur d’Execution” and the “Diplome de Concertist”.  Currently a student at the Juilliard School and recipient of the George and Marie Vergottis scholarship, he was awarded a Bachelor of Music Degree in May 2012 as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Jerome Lowenthal.  He will continue his studies at Juilliard as a Master’s Student in the fall of 2012 under the guidance of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin.

Valianatos has attended numerous master classes with renowned pianists, including Paul Badura-Skoda, Choong-Mo Kang, Ivo Pogorelich, Julian Martin, Veda Kaplinsky, Joseph Kalichstein, Alain Lefèvre, Jean-Claude Pennetier, France Clidat, Cyprien Katsaris, Martino Tirimo, duo Ganev, Raquel Boldorini, Aaron Shorr, Oxana Yablonskaya, Bernard Ringeissen and Luigi Mostacci, and has coached chamber music with Julian Martin, Joseph Kalichstein, Jerome Lowenthal, Bonnie Hampton, and Darrett Adkins.