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“Varvaresos not only has a natural yet finely honed technique, it springs as one with the wide scope
of profound musicianship. Varvaresos engaged his audience with a performance that sizzled from
start to finish. ”
New York Concert Review
“What I particularly enjoy is the balance he gets between virtuosity and musicality...whatever
Varvaresos plays, it is always really beautiful”
Cyprien Katsaris, BBC Magazine
Mr. Varvaresos 2017-2018 season includes performances at the Sommets Musicaux de
Gstaad, the Enescu Festival, the Festival des Arcs, the Festival des Musicales du Golfe, the
SenLiszt Festival of the Gyorgy Cziffra Foundation and the Athens Festival . His concerto
appearances this season include Chopin's Piano Concerto no. 2 with the Orchestre de
Normandie, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 1with the Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, and
Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4 with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra.
This season Mr. Varvaresos made his debut at the Istanbul Music Festival this summer,
performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no. 4, for the Left Hand. He was equally invited to
perform Prokofiev's 2nd Piano Concerto with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, while upcoming engagements include a performance of Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand as well as Chopin's 2nd Piano Concerto in Germany and Greece respectively.
Previous seasons marked Mr. Varvaresos debut recitals in the Tonhalle of Zurich and the
Musikverein of Vienna. He is equally invited at the Salle Gaveau of Paris, and Amsterdams
Concertgebouw, while he gives recitals and masterclasses in California, Cincinatti and
Charleston and New York City, in the USA.
Winner of the coveted First Prize in the 1998 YCA International Auditions at age 14, his recital
débuts in New York and Washington were acclaimed. The Washington Post’s headline called
Vassilis a “Young Master on the Rise";
Since his American debut, aged 15, Vassilis has performed in virtually all of the US. Major
appearances include recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, New York's Morgan Library, Isabella
Gardner Museum in Boston, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center and the Kennedy Center in
Washington. Following his debut recital at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, Mr. Varvaresos was invited
to perform at the White House for President Barrack Obama.
Mr. Varvaresos represented Greece at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has been named “Most
Promising Young Greek Artist” by the Critic's Association of Greece and has been a regular
soloist in all the major stages of his home country.
Vassilis Varvaresos is the laureate of both the 2014 edition George Enescu International
Piano Competition, held in Bucarest in September 2014, as well as the Piano Masters
Competition held in Monte Carlo in September 2015.
An avid chamber musician as well, he has been invited to perform at the Bozar Theater in
Brussels, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Diligentia Theater of the Hague, and the
Gasteig in Munich. His regular chamber music partners include the leading French musicians
as Michel Dalberto, Henri Demarquette and Nicolas Dautricourt, as well as Noé Inui, Ella van
Poucke, and Anastasia Kobekina.
A versatile musician, Vassilis Varvaresos has written music for ten films and several television
series and wrote the book “Departure From the Functionality of Syntax”, which was awarded
the Scholastic Distinction Award at the Juilliard School.
Mr. Varvaresos holds a bachelor, masters and Doctor or Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard
School. He is a recent graduate of the prestigious Diplôme d’ Artiste-Interpète degree at the
Conservatoire Nationale et Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, France, under the
tutelage of Michel Dalberto.
Vassilis Varvaresos' new album “V for Valse”, a celebration of the famous dance with works by Liszt, Scriabin, Schumann and Ravel has recently appeared with APARTE Records in France,
while he has recorded with NAVIS Classics with violinist Noé Inui and barytone Dimitris