Concert starts at 1.10pm and will last approximately 40 minutes
Series: Free Lunchtime Concert Series
Music at City University London is delighted to announce a series of free lunchtime concerts, this year featuring outstanding young pianists on the Doctor of Musical Arts programme run jointly by City University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and our new DMA programme director, renowned pianist Ian Pace. This series also celebrates our purpose-built new performance space, with a Steinway piano purchased with support from the Alumni Annual Fund supported by hundreds of City alumni over recent years.
Admission is free.
Haydn Andante and Variations in F minorBeethoven Sonata in D minorBrahms4 Klavierstucke
Vasileios Rakitzis was born in Athens in 1983. He graduated from the Conservatory of Athens with Penelope and Maria Efstratiadis, where he was awarded his Piano Diploma with the qualification “Excellent Unanimously” and the Mantzagriotaki Award. In 2006 he received the Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied under the professor Martin Roscoe. In June 2008, Vasileios received his Master of Music degree cum laude from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he studied with Naum Grubert as a scholar of the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece. He is currently working towards his Doctorate of Musical Arts at City University, London.
Vasileios has given many recitals throughout Greece, England and Holland. He has performed in recitals organized by E.P.T.A. (Hellas department) in Herakleion (Crete) and Athens. He has also appeared in a solo recital as a part of the prestigious festival of the Literary Society “Parnassos”, as well as in Nafplion (“Trianon” and “Vouleftikon” halls). He has performed two solo recitals in Germany organized by the Chopin Gesellschaft (Darmstadt, Germany) and its president, Prof. Macej Lukaszczyk as well as in Bergen and Rotterdam (Holland) organized by The International Holland Music Sessions. He recently made his debut as a soloist with the State Orchestra of Athens performing Beethoven’s Third piano Concerto in Athens Megaron.
A founding member of the Trio Tettix, Vasileios has appeared with the trio in Greece and England. “Trio Tettix” had performed a tribute to Mikis Theodorakis in celebration of his 80th birthday in Athens and at the Hellenic Centre in London, performing numerous works by the composer, including his piano trio and both violin sonatas. Vasileios also was a member of the V.I.M. Piano Trio, with which he has performed throughout Holland. He has also given several chamber music concerts in Greece, including Thessaloniki “Vafopouleion”, Santorini “Megaron Gyzi” and Rafina “Summer Festival”. While in London, he performed with his quintet in such venues as Wigmore Hall and the York Gate Piano Gallery.
Vasileios has participated in many masterclasses in Greece and abroad, working with such renowned pianists and pedagogues as Paul Badura-Skoda, Martino Tirimo, Barry Douglas and Duo Ganev. He has also received lessons from Alexander Satz, Christopher Elton, Daniel Epstein and Boris Berman (International Holland Music Sessions).
Vasileios has been awarded the Third Prize and the special Chopin award in the International Competition “Prix d’ Amadèo Jeunesse de piano” (Aachen – Germany) and the First Prize in the International Piano Competition in Santorini “The Muse”. He was recently awarded the Young Soloist Prize by the Gina Bachauer International Music Association.
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12.00am - 12.00amFriday 26th February 2010