Two Viennese composers of the early 19th century, Beethoven and Schubert, defined the course of musical creation like few others, bridging the end of Classicalism with the dawn of Romanticism. The piano soloist and professor at the Nakas Conservatory Stavros Dritsas "steps" on this imaginary bridge by presenting landmark sonatas of the two composers, from the famous Beethoven's Waldstein and penultimate sonata op.110 to Schubert's swansong Sonata D.960.
Ludwig van Beethoven:
"Waldstein" Sonata op.53 in C major
I. Allegro con brio
II. Introduction: Adagio molto
III. Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo
Sonata op.110 in A-flat major
I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio ma non troppo - allegro ma non troppo
Sonata D.960 in B-flat major
I. Molto moderato
II. Andante sostenuto
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
Stavros Dritsas is establishing himself internationally as one of the most interesting piano soloists of his generation, with the press describing him as a "genius young musician" (La Tercera) and "a special pianist with thought, sensitivity and beautiful sound" (Critics Point ). He has appeared in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in the United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, France, Greece, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Cyprus, Latvia and Russia, in the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow, Barbican Centre, Athens Concert Hall, Royal Albert Hall, University of Bonn, Olympia Theatre, Antwerp Knights Palace, Latvian National Academy of Music, Teatro Sperimentale of Ancona.
The 2022-23 season includes his debut in Canada with the Toronto Sinfonia as well as in the United States in collaboration with Steinway & Sons, recitals in Europe and the United Kingdom, as well as concert-masterclasses in China as a visiting professor at the Menuhin School. He has collaborated as a soloist with the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra, Magna Carta Sinfonia, and the Athens Sinfonietta, while frequently conducting the City of London Soloists string orchestra, of which he is Founder and Artistic Director. The City of London Soloists consist of London's best young musicians and through original programs and innovative ideas, they aim to broaden the audience for classical music and its foothold in today's multidimensional society.
Having already won prizes in pan-Hellenic piano competitions, the Gina Bachauer International Music Association awarded Stavros Dritsas the New Soloist Award for his presence on the music scene so far. He appears regularly in chamber music concerts in Greece and the United Kingdom, while he is actively engaged in the works of contemporary Greek and foreign composers. 2023 marks his discography debut, with all the piano works of the British composer Ronald Corp. Off stage, he has recorded Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin for BBC Radio 3, the Third Program of Hellenic Radio, and Radio Latvia.
Born in 1996, Stavros Dritsas studied at the Schola Cantorum of Paris (Diplome Superieur) with Agathi Leimoni and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (BMus and MMus in Performance) with Lucy Parham. He is now a fellow of Fondantion Resonance, Switzerland, where he is taking advanced courses with Elizabeth Sombart. His studies have been supported by scholarships from the Gina Bachauer International Music Association, the Guildhall School and the Henry Wood Trust. He teaches chamber music and piano at the Athenaeum and Nakas conservatories, often gives masterclasses, while his students are already winning prizes in national and international piano competitions. Stavros Dritsas has been part of the talent pool of Talent Unlimited since 2017.
MONDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2023
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