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Konstantinos Valianatos

Lecturer, Piano

Konstantinos Valianatos has attracted attention as an exciting young musician of great talent in the United States, Asia, and Europe. The recipient of numerous awards, he has won eleven first prizes, six of them at International Competitions, including the International Seiler Piano Competition, the International Ibiza Piano Competition, the Senigallia International Piano Competition, the San Gemini International Piano Competition, and the Aspen Music Festival Competition. He is the recipient of the Gina Bachauer, Yamaha, Onassis, I.K.Y., George and Marie Vergottis Foundation, and Starr Foundation scholarships. In 2004, Valianatos’ artistic integrity and work ethos were officially acknowledged when the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stefanopoulos presented him with the highest accolade from the Athens Academy, the most prestigious academic institution in Greece.

Mr. Valianatos already enjoys an international performing career. He has appeared as a featured soloist in concerto performances with the Athens State Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Orchestra, the “Sinfonieta” Orchestra of Athens, the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra. He has been heard both in solo recitals and as a chamber musician in numerous prestigious venues, including the Salle Cortot in Paris, Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Recital Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Thessaloniki Megaron, the Athens Megaron, and has been featured on WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase. Mr. Valianatos recently made his solo debut in Taiwan, giving two solo recitals to critical acclaim.

He is a founding member of the award-winning “Olympus Piano Trio”, a group dedicated to celebrating chamber music and the Hellenic spirit. The “Olympus Piano Trio” recently had its Merkin Hall debut, sponsored by the Onassis and Hellenic-American cultural foundations. Their CD with works by Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Hatzis was released by LP Classics in the Fall of 2016. In 2017, the trio was invited for a week-long teaching and performing residency at Northern Michigan State University, while in 2018 the members taught as guest artists at the C’est Bon Chamber Music Festival in California. Upcoming projects include recordings of works by Shostakovich and Weinberg.

Mr. Valianatos has participated in numerous summer festivals both as a soloist and a chamber musician, including the Aspen International Music Festival, the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, the Texas State University Piano Festival (Rising Star Series), the Banff Music Festival, and the Piano Academy in Poros, Greece. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, Mr. Valianatos and the “Olympus Piano Trio” were featured at the Music Festival in Kefalonia, under the sponsorship of the George and Marie Vergottis Foundation.

From 2012-2016, Mr. Valianatos was working with the “Archdiocesan Metropolitan Youth Choir,” maintaining his ties with the Greek-American community of New York. Under the guidance of Maestro Maria Koleva, Mr. Valianatos and the choir appeared in such prestigious venues as Alice
Tully Hall and Zankel Hall. In 2013 and 2015, they performed at the White House, in the presence of President Barack Obama, in celebration of the Greek Independence Day.

A great supporter of contemporary music, Mr. Valianatos has given premieres of numerous works by Juilliard composers. Together with tenor Martin Bakari and cellist Adrian Daurov, Mr. Valianatos has recorded Grigory Smirnov’s hour-long song cycle “Dowson Songs,” along with the composer’s Chaconne for cello and piano. Their CD was released by Naxos in the Fall of 2016.

Mr. Valianatos has attended numerous master classes with renowned pianists, including Murray Perahia, Paul Badura-Skoda, Choong-Mo Kang, Ivo Pogorelich, Inon Barnatan, Robert Levin, Alfred Brendel, Alain Lefèvre, Jean-Claude Pennetier, France Clidat, Cyprien Katsaris, Martino Tirimo, Duo Ganev, Raquel Boldorini, Aaron Shorr, Oxana Yablonskaya, Bernard Ringeissen and Luigi Mostacci. His chamber music coaches include Julian Martin, Seymour Lipkin, Matti Raekallio, Joseph Kalichstein, Jerome Lowenthal, Rita Sloan, Nicholas Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Darrett Adkins, and Lara Lev.

A native of Athens, Greece, Mr. Valianatos began his piano studies at the age of seven at the National Conservatory of Greece. At age fourteen, he was awarded the “Diploma of Soloist” with highest distinction (class of Agathe Leimoni). He continued his studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique “Alfred Cortot” in Paris with Germaine Mounier, receiving the “Diplome Superieur d’Execution”. Mr. Valianatos holds B.M. (class of Jerome Lowenthal and Veda Kaplinsky) and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School, where he continues his studies in pursuit of a D.M.A. degree under the tutelage of Julian Martin and Veda Kaplinsky. Since August of 2017, Mr. Valianatos has joined the faculty at West Virginia University as a Lecturer in the School of Music.