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
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
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.