Prodromos Symeonidis

Ever since winning seven prizes at the Concours International Olivier Messiaen piano contemporain 2003 in Paris and the Concours International de piano d'Orléans / France 2006, Prodromos Symeonidis has gained worldwide recognition as an outstanding interpreter of contemporary music and classical music in general. His playing has elicited enthusiasm and praise from some of the world's top musicians and critics... „un grand artiste“, „un roi du piano“ (Yvonne Loriod Messiaen), „an outstanding technique and a superb musical sensitivity“ (Kent Nagano), „his playing is full of coulour, spirit and feeling“ (George Benjamin), „superb pianist“ (Fanfare), „a pianistic sovereignty“ (Piano News), „d'une maîtrise époustouflante“ (ConcertoNet).

Prodromos Symeonidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1972. Apart from music and the piano, which were his constant companions from early childhood, he also had a great fondness for mathematics, astronomy and cinema. As a youth, he won many prizes at national and international contests for mathematics, including a bronze medal at the 30th International Mathematical Olympiad in 1989 in West Germany. In 1990 he moved to Germany, where he pursued and completed his piano studies in Munich, Cologne and Berlin under Michael Endres, Karin Merle, Arbo Valdma and Georg Sava. In addition to his academic studies, he also worked in Paris and Vienna with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Claude Helffer and Dimitri Bashkirov.

His piano competition successes have led to concerts in numerous festivals and major halls in Germany and abroad, like the Philharmonie Berlin, Philharmonie Essen, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sendesaal Bremen, Residenz Munich, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Opéra National et Opéra Comique de Paris, Arsenal de Metz, Seoul Arts Center and Hangzhou Grand Theater. He has recorded works by Beethoven, Chopin, Hindemith, Ravel, Messiaen and many contemporary composers for the German radios Südwestrundfunk (SWR), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Radio Bremen and the French radios France Musique and RCF Orléans. He has further recorded eight CDs for the German label Telos Music with a. o. works by Messiaen, Debussy, Ohana, Xenakis and Stockhausen. They were highly praised by the international press like FAZ, Fanfare, Pizzicato, Piano News, ResMusica and ConcertoNet.

Aside from his activities as an interpreter, Prodromos Symeonidis is an ensemble director, composer and teacher. In 2008 he co-founded the internationally successful ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion, of which he is since then the artistic director. He has composed himself several solo and chamber music pieces and has been invited regularly to give masterclasses and lectures in numerous institutions and Universities like the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and the Hochschule für Musik Hannover (Germany), the Contemporary Music Centre “Acanthes” in Metz and the École Normale de Musique de Paris (France), the Conservatoire Royal de Liège (Belgium), the Universities of Virginia and Miami (USA) and the Soongsil University in Seoul (Korea).

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