Christos Papageorgiou is a composer, concert pianist and also producer of Classical Music Programs for TV ET 1&2 and Radio 3 National Channels. His other activities include conducting, lecturing and teaching.
He has performed in venues such as Berlin Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kensington Palace and collaborated with ensembles such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique du Capitole de Toulouse, Czech Radio Symphony, München Sinfoniker, Orquestra Sinfonica “Ciudad de Malaga”, N.H.K. Danyu Orchestra(Japan), Odessa Philharmonic ,Orchestra Sinfonica-del Emilia Romagna-“Arturo Toscanini”, Buffalo Philharmonic Oxford Philomusica. N.Y. Phil Soloists.
He has received awards including the First Prize at the “5th International Competition for Composition “2 Agosto” (Italy) , also top prizes in five International Piano Duo Competitions in U.S.A, Japan, Italy, Czech Republic and Switzerland, the “Young Artist of the Year” award for 1998 by the “National Society of Critics for music and drama” and as Radio 3 Director the Cultural Award of the “Foundation for the Building of the “Maria Callas” Lyric Academy”.
He has been Director of the National Classical Radio 3 and Counsellor to the Hellenic National Broadcasting Corporation for the Music Ensembles and Classical Radio 3, Professor of Music at the National School of Dance, Associate Lecturer at the Ionian University and Artistic Director of the National Conservatory Department in Kifissia.
Christos Papageorgiou has led a career in three musical fields: Composer performer and producer. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians and ensembles such as the : Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique du Capitole de Toulouse ,Czech Radio Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Muenchen Sinfoniker, Orquestra Sinfonica “Ciudad de Malaga”, N.H.K. Danyu Orchestra(Japan), Odessa Philharmonic ,Orchestra Sinfonica-del Emilia Romagna-“ArturoToscanini”, Oxford Philomusica, New England Symponic Ensemble, Athens State Orchestra, Hellenic Radio Sympony and Modern Radio Sympony, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Hellenic National Radio Symphony , Camerata of the friends of Music ,Orchestre Symphonique de Neuchatel, Odessa Chamber Orchestra, Opava Chamber Orchestra, Patras Chamber Orchestra, Volos Symphony Orchestra the N.Y.Phil. Chamber Soloists, contralto Maria Farandouri guitarist Oscar Ghiglia, Saxophonist Theodor Kerkezos and conductors Michel Plasson, Phillipe Entremont, Pedro Calderon , Hobart Earle, in important venues such as the: Berlin Philharmonie, Barbican Hall, Carnegie (Weil) Hall, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Kensington Palace, St.James Palace, , Casals Hall –Kioi Hall - Kodaira Hall(Tokyo), Rudolfinum Dvorakhall, Basler Konzerthaus, BernKulturkasino, Athens Megaron, Thessaloniki Megaron e.t.c.
He has appeared in venues such as Berlin Philharmonie,Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Symphony Space Auditorium(NY)), Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kensington Palace, St. James Palace,Codaira Hall, Casals Hall and Κioi Hall (Τokyo), Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall (Prague), Bern Kulturkazino , Hans Huber Saal Basel ,Athens and Thessaloniki Megaron of Music and in many festivals around the world. He has also special guest artist at Unicef’s 50th Anniversary concert at Chicago with Nana Mouschouri and Harry Belafonte.
He has recorded for B.B.C, RAI, ARD, Suisse Radio, Berlin Radio 3 a.o.
His other activities include productions of numerous radios and tv programs, giving solo piano recitals and concerts, lecturing and teaching, also conducting, all with equal critical and public acclaim. He is widely known in his country, as producer of Classical Music Programs for TV and Radio.
Between June 2014-15 he has been the Director of the National Classical Radio 3 (Trito Programma).
Since September 2015 Christos Papageorgiou is the Artistic Director of the National Conservarory Kifissia.
From 2016 to the present is appointed “Program’s Special Cultural Advisor” in ERT where he also broadcasts weekly on National TV and Radio.
In 2015 on a televised anniversary concert performed and conducted from the piano Prokofieff’s 3rd Piano Concerto 85 years after Dimitris Mitropoulos in Berlin thus becoming the fourth after Prokofieff and Van Cliburn to do so.
Some of his various distinctions include: First Prize at the “5th International Competition for Composition “2 Agosto” (Bologna,Italy) for his "Electric Guitar Concerto".
First prizes / distinctions in five International Piano Duo Competitions in U.S.A, Japan, Italy, Czech Republic and Switzerland. He was the recipient of the “Young Artist of the Year” award for 1998 by the “National Society of Critics for music and drama”,
Special award for his cultural work as Radio Director from the “Maria Callas Society for the new Lyric Academy” and as a producer from the “Friends of Classical Music Society”.
Appointed “Artist in Residence” at the Awarded International Classical Music and Opera “Festival of the Aegean” in Syros ,2013.
He has obtained his titles and diplomas in all the fields of his activities (piano, composition, conducting, teaching), with honours and distinctions from the Royal Academy of Music in London (with full scholarship and “Leverhume Trust Fellowship”), University of London, Thames Valley University the Athens State Conservatory. He was also granted the Onassis Foundation scholarship, among many others.
Christos Papageorgiou gives regularly numerous lectures and lecture concerts (many times both as soloist and conductor). He had been teaching for 10 years Music History and Piano at the Ionian University in Corfu and the National School of Dance, was a regular pre-concert lecturer for the Athens State Orchestra’s annual series and lectured in many Institutions around Greece and abroad such as the Wiener Gesselschaft fur Music, Lucern Conesrvatory, the Mass Media Department of the Athens University the Postgraduate Department of the School of Architecture of Volos University e.t.c.
Since 2019 the composer is represented worldwide by MUSICENTRY
Selected Critics on Christos Papageorgiou
“Α Masterpiece, this will stay in history. A great musical work. An achievement of the highest level for any composer or performer. An ambassador of modern music for Greece which should be presented all over the world.”
Mikis Theodorakis on “Stylistic Variations”
“…a unified expression of tautly focused energy. It was a great concert opener and marked the work of someone whose career would be interesting to follow.”
Garaud MacTaggart “CITY & REGION” Wednesday March 20, 2013
“…of the Skalkottas’ monumental set of 36 Greek Dances this one (by Papageorgiou) could be the …37th !..”
Monemvasitis “Eleftherotypia” Newspaper, March 12 2013
”…An amazing composer ….”Pyrrichios” is an absolute winner!”
Maestro JoAnn Falleta, Grammy Award Winner, Artistic Director Buffalo Philharmonic Orchsetra
“…Papageorgiou the composer and Papageorgiou the performer presents a unique “one-man-show” …
George Leotsakos (Musicologist (Groves Dictionary of Music), Composer, Secretary of the National Critics Association) EXPRESS- Financial Newspaper. March 13, 2010
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