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The Manchester based pianist Stathis was born in 1993 and began his piano studies at the age of 5 with Eleni Kokolaki. His varied repertoire consists of works from Bach and Scarlatti to contemporary works of Lowell Liebermann, Carl Vine and Greek contemporary composers. In addition, his repertoire includes numerous piano concerti and he has appeared several times as a soloist with orchestras.
Notable performances were with the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation Youth Symphony Orchestra (E.R.T.), the Athenian Ensemble (UK), the Thessaloniki State Conservatory Orchestra, Anagennisi Conservatory’s Orchestra, and the Ioanna Sygkelaki Conservatory’s Orchestra. In addition, solo performances have been in the Greek National Opera (Alternative Stage), the Bridgewater Hall of Manchester UK, etc. In addition, he has performed both as a soloist and in chamber ensemble at the 1st and 2nd 'Annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposiums’ held in 2015 and 2016 organized by the American College of Greece (ACG) as well as the Un Voyage des Impressions 2018 and Joseph Haydn: Innovation and Inspiration 2019 chamber music festivals held on the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).
His awards include the E. Mykoniou Piano Soloist Award from the Academy of Athens, 1st prize in the Second UNESCO Pan-Hellenic Competition, 1st prize in the CH.Ο.Ν Competition of Athens, 2nd prize in the First ‘State Conservatory of Larissa’ Competition, 3rd prize in the ‘De Bach Au Jazz 2021’ International Competition and 3rd prize in the First ‘Thessaloniki Piano Festival’ Competition. He was also a finalist in the prestigious RNCM Gold Medal competition in 2019. As a composer, he won the third prize in the First Th. Antoniou Composition Competition for his work Let the Night Fall for Chamber Ensemble.
In addition, he has been the Principal conductor of the Anagenissi Conservatory Chamber Orchestra for the season 2015-16. As a composer, his compositions have been performed in important places such as the Greek National Opera (Alternative Stage), Thessaloniki Music Megaron, Royal College of Music of London, RNCM, etc.
His education includes Bachelor in Arts (BA) in Music from the ACG with Summa cum Laude and a BA (Hons) in Music Performance (Piano) from the Open University of UK with First Class Honors, having received a full tuition scholarship (H. C. Krentzman), with Prof. Dimitri Toufexis. The ACG (music dept) has also awarded him a prize in a special ceremony for his outstanding performance. In addition, he holds a Master in Music (MMus) in Performance with Distinction from the RNCM, having a full tuition scholarship from the prestigious Onassis Foundation of Greece, with Prof. Frank Wibaut. He also graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Performance at the RNCM with Prof. Wibaut. Currently, he also studies composition with Dimitri Economou in the Anagennisi (Renaissance) Conservatory.
In addition, he holds: at the Anagennisi Conservatory with Prof. Toufexis, a Piano Soloist Diploma with Honors and First Prize for the highest grade that the Conservatory has ever awarded. With Prof. F. Pappas and G. Malefakis the Music Theory Diplomas (Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue-Orchestration) with Honors. In addition, he has studied orchestral conducting with Prof. Miltos Logiadis in Athens and Prof. Mark Heron in RNCM. Furthermore, he has studied composition with Prof. Adam Gorb at the RNCM.
He has also participated in numerous international piano academies and summer schools such as: Poros 2013, Val Tidone 2014 (Prof. A. Delle Vigne) and the Mozarteum 2018 (Prof. Wibaut). Participation in masterclasses include maestros: J. E. Bavouzet, A. Delle Vigne, A. Wass, K. Stott, B. Frith, V. Viardo, D. Blumenthal, R. Hayroudinoff, P. Cassard, Y. Bogdanov, A. Kapelis, A. Leimoni, I. Petrin, D. Petralia, R. Boldorini, Y. Admony.
2016-2021: Private piano and music theory lessons in Manchester. Students have participated and succeeded in ABRSM exams.
2015-2016: Conductor of the Anagennisi Conservatory Orchestra (Athens)
2011-2016: Private piano lessons to students from beginners to advanced students in Athens
2011-2016: Piano and Theory tutor at "Anagennisi" (Renaisance) Conservatory In Athens
2013-2015: Assistant and accompanist at the American College of Greece
Each student’s level and age require a different approach for music teaching. For instance, I prefer to teach the very young students (ages approximately 5-7) how to understand basic elements of music before proceeding to the instrument. It is like how children develop their cognitive skills. Firstly, they learn how to speak the language; they start learning how to write it afterwards. Therefore, pedagogically, I believe that the students must be introduced gradually to the instrument. Nevertheless, I show the children elements of the instrument in order for them to understand how it works. At the same time, children’s natural curiosity leads them to anticipate the moment for starting play music. I strongly believe that balance is a very important aspect for especially the children. Pushing them to the right direction is a serious task and must be done with a tactful way. The tutor must be not only an instructor but more importantly a pedagogue.
The older students can be introduced immediately to the instrument; they can understand easier the basics as they can focus much easier and they can be more disciplined. Almost the same applies to adult students. The most advanced students need guidance in order to control and incorporate their musical knowledge and talent to the musical pieces effectively. It is also crucial to develop their technique substantially for succeeding performing pieces that require extended technical skills.
Each student, regardless of age and level, needs specific approach; each one is a different human being with different characteristics, skills and issues, so the teacher needs to deal with them accordingly. In my experience, it is wrong to instruct my students with the same way; instead, I must always find what they need, how I need to teach them and what specifically. Teaching is not only a challenge but also a way to improve myself not only as a tutor but also as a performer, artist and person.
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Additional Languages: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Royal Northern College of Music (2018) - MMus in Performance (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Anagennisi” Conservatory (2016) - Harmony, Counterpoint and Advanced Music Theory Diploma-Fugue (Other) (✔ On File)
- Deree-The American College of Greece/ Open University of UK (2016) - BA in Music/ BA in Music Performance (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Anagennisi” (Renaissance) Conservatory (2011) - Piano Diploma (Other) (✔ On File)
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I have a weak music background and I used to think that to learn piano is just to learn how to put the notes onto the keyboard. But Stathis has taught me not only how to play notes, but most importantly how to turn them into something musical. He is also able to find the learning approach that suits me.
Stathis is friendly and easy going, I find it very comfortable to learn with him. Will continue to learn with him during the rest of 4 months in Manchester
Would highly recommend to anyone considering lessons.