since winning seven prizes at the Concours Olivier Messiaen
contemporain 2003 in Paris and the Concours International de
d'Orléans 2006, Prodromos
Symeonidis has gained worldwide recognition as an outstanding
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), "I
love very much his sound"
(Claude Helffer), "an
outstanding technique and a superb musical sensitivity"
(Kent Nagano), "superb
pianist" (Fanfare), "geistig wie
manuell eindringliches Spiel", "außerordentlich
Allgemeine Zeitung) "d'une
born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1972. Apart from music, composition
the piano, which were his constant companions from early childhood, he
also had a great fondness for mathematics and astronomy, which were
later on combined with a love for the 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 1990, he moved to Germany, where he pursued and
completed his piano studies in Munich and at
of Cologne and Berlin under Michael Endres, Karin Merle, Arbo Valdma
and Georg Sava.
Besides soloistic piano, he studied instrumental pedagogy
and participated in
composition seminars under Krzysztof Meyer and Walter
Zimmermann. In addition to his academic studies, he also
worked in Paris and Vienna with
Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Claude
Helffer and Dimitri Bashkirov.
international piano competition successes have led to concerts in many
famous halls throughout
world, like the Konzerthaus and Philharmonie in Berlin,
Philharmonie Essen, Sendesaal Bremen, Tonhalle
Düsseldorf, Opéra National and
Opéra Comique in Paris, Arsenal de Metz, Seoul Arts
Center and He Luting Hall in Shanghai.
has recorded works by
Beethoven, Hindemith, Ravel, Messiaen and many contemporary
composers for the german radios SWR2, Radio Bremen, and the french
France Musique, RCF
He has further recorded six CDs for the german label
Telos Music, which were highly praised by the international press like
FAZ, Fanfare, Pizzicato, Piano News, ResMusica and ConcertoNet.
from his activities as an interpreter, Prodromos Symeonidis is an
ensemble director, composer and teacher. In 2008 he founded together
with pianist and conductor Ya-ou Xie
the internationally active ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion, of which he
is since then the artistic director. Up to now the
received sponsorships by many notable sponsors, among them the Deutscher Musikrat, the Ernst
Music Foundation, the City of Berlin and the DAAD. It has commissioned
new works for pianos and percussion by renowned composers like Hugues
Dufourt, Tristan Murail and Georg Katzer, and
premiered already over thirty.
himself several solo and chamber music pieces which have been
performed in Europe. He gives regularly
lecture concerts like Messiaen's
Maurice Ohana's complete piano
works. He has been invited to give masterclasses, workshops or lectures in the contemporary
music centre Acanthes
(France), the Conservatoire
Royal de Liège (Belgium), the Hochschulen für Musik
Hanns Eisler Berlin and Hannover (Germany), the Soongsil University in
Seoul (South Korea) as well as the Universities of Virginia and Miami (USA).
Photo: Erika Matsunami
with Yvonne Loriod Messiaen
with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio