Artist Lecturer in Chamber Music
Greek pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou has distinguished himself as an artist of refined musicianship and personal verve. Praised for his commitment and passion for music, Dimitri is a sought after chamber musician, recitalist and orchestral soloist.
A native of Greece, Dimitri began his piano studies at age five and made his orchestral debut four years later with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major. During his youth, his commending performances brought him quick recognition, multiple scholarships and national awards. At age sixteen, he won first prize in the ‘Classical Heritage’ chamber music competition of Moscow and subsequently performed at the winner’s gala concert at the esteemed Tchaikovsky Conservatory. After completing his studies at the Athenaeum Conservatory with 'Excellence by unanimous consent, First Prize and Gold Medal', Dimitri made his debut with the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra with Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini’. Following a phenomenal success, he was invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto for a national broadcast and since then, has been a regular soloist with Greek orchestras, with the latest engagement being with the Athens State Orchestra at the Athens Megaron.
Outside Greece, Dimitri has enjoyed a flourishing career in Ireland with performances in some of the country’s most prestigious venues and festivals. His engagements took him to the National Concert Hall for an all Liszt Recital, the ‘New Ross Piano Festival’, ‘Clifden Arts Festival’, ‘RDS Rising Stars’ and many more. In addition to his solo endeavors, Dimitri has maintained a strong focus on chamber music with past commitments including collaborations with faculty members from the ‘Aspen Music Festival’ and principal musicians from major European and U.S. orchestras. This season will find him on stage with Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, Andrés Cárdenes, former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as Anne Martindale Williams, William Caballero, Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida and Lorna McGhee, all principals of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Striving also for academic excellence, Dimitri was recently awarded the title ‘Doctor of Music Performance’ and is currently an Artist Diploma candidate. Keen on making scholarly contributions, for his doctoral thesis he chose to depict Beethoven's tonal ethos by identifying archetypal behaviors upon which he was composing in relation to the concept of key characteristics, a study that was well received by experts in the field. A musician of versatile skills, he has lately developed an interest in conducting that led to a successful debut of playing and directing from the piano.
Dimitri was recently appointed as a faculty member at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in Pittsburgh and serves as the Artistic Director of the ‘Carnegie Mellon Chamber Series’, a newly found series that brings together members of the CMU faculty and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
A graduate of Indiana University and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, he has participated in a plethora of festivals throughout Europe and the U.S. including the ‘Aspen Music Festival’, the ‘International Keyboard Festival’, the ‘Mozarteum Summer Academy’ and the ‘Holland Music Sessions’, and has been under the influence of highly acclaimed teachers, such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Sergei Babayan, Arie Vardi and Jerome Rose, all of whom have commended Dimitri for his artistry and musicianship. His former teachers include John O’Conor, Menahem Pressler, Sergey Schepkin, Emile Naoumoff and Alla Halapsis.