louis demetrius alvanis, classical pianist

1. CDE 84336 SCHUMANN The Complete Etudes for Solo Piano, Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13 & Op. Posthumous, Etudes on Caprices by Paganini, Op. 3 & Op. 10(CDE 84336) £11.75 / €17.16

2. CDE 84268 BRAHMS Ten Hungarian Dances, Five Piano Studies, Two Rhapsodies Op. 79.(CDE 84268) £11.75 / €17.16

3. CDE 84435 BRAHMS Piano Music(CDE84435) £11.75 / €17.16

Since his highly acclaimed Royal Festival Hall concerto debut before a capacity audience, London born pianist Louis Demetrius Alvanis has established an international career and a reputation as a musician of outstanding brilliance and sensitivity. In addition to his appearances abroad, he regularly performs throughout the UK and gives frequent solo recitals in the major concert halls in and around London, such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican Hall.

He gave his first piano recital at the age of nine in the South Bank’s Purcell Room while studying with his father Donis Alvanis and Rose Inlander-Gover. Further appearances quickly followed as well as radio and television broadcasts. He later went to Fontainebleau where he played to Nadia Boulanger, and completed his studies in London with Gordon Green at the Royal Academy of Music, winning top prizes and scholarships in piano and composition.
 A regular guest at prestigious international festivals and piano series,  he has performed for the International Federation of Chopin Societies, the Powsin International Piano Festival, Chopin’s birthplace in Zelazowa Wola, Societa del  Quartetto, Busto Arsizio, Centre Musical Bosendorfer, Paris, National Concert Hall Celebrity Recital Series, Dublin and performances at the Saint- Amand Montrond Festival and the Santo Stefano Festival, Bologna.
 Other significant engagements have included performances in England and Ireland with the violinist Kyung-Wha Chung and appearances with various orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orhestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, LSSO, Aikoros Chamber Orchestra, YMSO, Cyprus State Orchestra, Moldavian National Philharmonic, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, with conductors such as Fabio Marco Brunelli, Wojciech Rajski, James Blair, Poul Jorgensen, Marios Papadopoulos and Peter Maag.  

 His repertoire is substantial and encompasses frequent performances of works by contemporary composers which he has commissioned or premiered. He has also given recitals and masterclasses at most of the UK’s principal conservatoires and universities.
 Alvanis has recorded for the BBC, ITV (Thames), Polish Television and Radio, Swiss Television, French Radio, Netherlands Radio, ERT, CBC (Greece and Cyprus) in addition to recitals at the Queen’s House, Greenwich and St John’s Smith Square, both of which were recorded live by Classic FM.  A documentary about his work has also been broadcast on the Cable Television network. In 1990 he was presented with the Hellenic Foundation Arts Award.
 His CD recordings for Meridian Records, comprising piano music by Brahms and Schumann have been internationally acclaimed by the hi-fi press,  and a further Brahms CD has recently been released.
 The Daily Telegraph critic described his playing as "a truly astonishing fire and force" while the Evening Standard reviewer wrote "his touch was magical...the sound is with me still".

 Louis Demetrius Alvanis appears on the front cover of International Piano Magazine with an accompanying interview as the featured artist in the January/February 2004 issue. He resides in London with his Italian wife, Lidia who is a piano teacher, and their newborn triplet boys. UK concert highlights for the forthcoming season include a Wigmore Hall recital, Mozart Piano Concerto K449 with the London Mozart players and a Master Recital as part of the JLM Artists International Concert Series at St John's Smith Square, London.  


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