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Lazaridis, George-Emmanuel (piano)
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George-Emmanuel Lazaridis (piano)

Born in Greece, George-Emmanuel Lazaridis had by his early teens already embarked on a flourishing international career, performing in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Le Corum Montpellier, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Acropolis and the Athens concert Hall, and playing with leading orchestras including the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Strasbourg Philharmonic and the Warsaw Symphony. Mentored by Yonty Solomon (RCM), he has performed under the direction of such distinguished luminaries as Sir Neville Marriner, Ingo Metzmacher, Theodor Guschlbauer, Yoel Levi and Michel Tabachnik among others and has collaborated with renowned ensembles and artists including the Medici Quartet, the Isaye Quartet, the Vienna Octet, the BT Scottish Ensemble, Leonidas Kavakos, Huseyin Sermet and Michael Tilson Thomas.

He has also appeared at numerous international festivals including Harrogate, Athens, Trento and Montpellier and for the Springboard Concerts Trust at the Wallace Collection in London. His performances, including the Athens Concert Hall ‘Great Interpreters’ concert series, the Monterrei International Piano Festival, the Sala Maffeiana in Verona, Hagia Eirene in Istanbul, the Acropolis in Athens and performances of works by G.Koumentakis at the Epidaurus Ancient Theatre and the Megaron, Athens, were all highly acclaimed by both audiences and critics. TSC (USA) and the BBC as well as the Greek National Television ERT have featured him in special broadcast profiles and his CD release of Schumann Piano Works has been selected as one of BBC Music Magazine’s Top 10 recommendations.

In 2006 the artistic committee of ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) selected Lazaridis as the Megaron ‘Rising Star’ for the 2006/07 season. This distinction includes recitals in Amsterdam, Athens, London, Birmingham, Brussels, New York, Paris, Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Stockholm and Vienna.

Lazaridis is also active as a composer and has received commissions from the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Europa Cantat International Festival, The Cultural Capital of Europe 1997 Organisation, the Melina Merkouri Foundation and the New Generation Arts Festival Birmingham. His work Sleepwalking, performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, was nominated for a Sony Award.

Lazaridis’ playing has consistently received exceptional reviews. He has received a plethora of honorary awards and scholarships, including the prestigious Academy of Athens and the Worshipful Company of Musicians awards, the Queen Elizabeth (RCM), Cathleen Creed (TCM) the Onassis, Hattori and Levendis Foundations to name but a few.


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