The Art of Piano

On the Trail of Great Interpreters

Coordination: George - Emmanuel Lazaridis

18 - 24 August

Duration: 30 Hours

Timeline: 10.30 – 14.00 & 
17.00 – 19.30   
Language: English, Greek

Every musical personality that has left its marking in the history of mankind, bears its own “seal”. In the world of music, great interpreters of the 20th and 21st century carry their own special characteristics, their own public “smell”, their own image on - and off - the stage as well as their own reading and comprehension of reality.

Through the organised and purposefully attentive study of relevant audiovisual material, during the workshop we will have the opportunity to meet our "distant relatives” and get to know them a little better, to briefly allow their body language to become our own, to let be nurtured from their unique, often eccentric ideologies and to allow them to teach us the deepest secrets of a magical art which always remains current: the art of live, on-stage musical creation.

Workshops will focus on the co-viewing of important documentaries or other films on the life and deeds of great interpreters, on relevant creative discussions, as well as on the actual interpretation of classical, romantic or modern piano repertoire, in the form of open, performance-practice seminars.

Lazaridis composerGeorge - Emmanuel Lazaridis

G.E. Lazaridis is a widely recognized multifarious personality, with 30 years of uninterrupted presence in the international music scene as a soloist, composer, educator and pioneer in the foundation and development of new cultural institutions.
G.E.Lazaridis’ performances have been characterized as "special enough to be beyond comparison" (BBC Music Magazine, Adrian Jack).
Mentored by Yonty Solomon, Domna Evnouhidou and Douglas Finch, Lazaridis is a graduate of the Royal College (Chapell Medal 2000) and Trinity College of Music, in London. He also studied with Alfred Brendel, Noretta Conci Leech and Ruth Nye, only student of the great Claudio Arrau.
Lazaridis has received a plethora of international prizes since age eleven, including awards by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the Belgian Television, the Academy of Athens, the Steinway and Sons Corporation, scholarships by the Onasis, Levendis and Hatori Foundations, special broadcasts by the ERT, BBC, TCB, the Polish Radio and many more.
Born in Greece in 1978, G.E.L. enjoys a flourishing international career that has taken him from USA and Mexico to Europe, Russia and the Middle East, in some of the most prestigious international music festivals such as the Chopin, Monterrei, Istanbul, Aix En Provence, Swansea Festivals and in legendary venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Musikverein, St Petersburg Philharmonic.
He has performed as soloist with the St Petersburg, Hamburg, Royal, Strasbourg, Warsaw, French Radio Philharmonic Orchestras and with all the Greek Symphony Orchestras, amongst many others, working with some of the greatest conductors of our times, such as Sir Neville Marriner, Ingo Metzmacher, Yuri Temirkanov, Maxim Schostakovich, Mikko Frank, Theodor Guschlbauer, Michel Tabachnik and many others.
A sought after chamber musician, he has also collaborated with renowned ensembles and soloists such as the Medici Quartet, the Ysaye Quartet, the Vienna Octet, the BT Scottish Ensemble, the Prism Quartet, Leonidas kavakos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Cyprien Katsaris, Dimitris Sgouros and many others, including legendary singers Barbara Hendricks and Maria Farandouri.
His various CD releases have been rapturously received, with five-star reviews from the International Press, often selected as instrumental discs of the month. Recent recordings were selected within the top 50 best releases of the decade by “The Pianist” and ranked amongst the best historical performances, alongside keyboard giants such as Richter and Arrau.
He studied composition with Edwin Roxborough, Christos Samaras and Daryl Runswick. He has mainly composed for solo piano, for various choral ensembles and for combinations of the two genres. Moreover, he has composed various song cycles as well as music for theatre, dance and multimedia productions. He has also composed a large scale oratorio for choir piano and symphony orchestra entitled “Deisis” and recently, he completed his piano concerto “From the Dead”, commemorating 100 years from the end of World War 1.
He has received commissions from the Europa Cantat Festival, the Cultural Capital of Europe 1997 Organization, the Mercouri Foundation, the Prefecture of Macedonia, Birmingham’s New Arts Festival, the Hellenic International Festival, the Athens State Orchestra, Wigmore Hall, Princeton University, the international Festival “Milano incontra di Grecia” etc.
G.E.L. is also a co-founder of new international cultural institutions and ensembles such as the ADAP Association of Artists for Peace, the Music-Village International Festival and the "Kyklos" Ensemble. A regular member of international competition panels (Sussex, Maria Callas, Gina Bachauer Scholarships etc), G.E.L. is also a widely respected pedagogue, giving masterclasses worldwide in music academies and universities such as Trinity College, Birmingham City University, Manhattan School of Music, Kutztown University etc.
Between 2011 and 2013, he served as music director at the Demetria International Festival. From 2010 to 2019, he served as Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki Concert Halls Organization, where he led the foundation of new educational institutions such as the International Children Choirs Festival and “MOYSA” - an el sistema inspired youth symphony orchestra of 100 talented Greek musicians, aged 8 to 25 years old.