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Biography
 

Ever since winning seven prizes at the Concours Olivier Messiaen piano contemporain 2003 in Paris and the Concours International de piano d'Orléans 2006, Prodromos Symeonidis has gained worldwide recognition as an outstanding interpreter of 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 anschlagsvariabel" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) "d'une maîtrise époustouflante" (ConcertoNet).

Prodromos Symeonidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1972. Apart from music, composition and 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 the Musikhochschulen 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.

His international piano competition successes have led to concerts in many famous halls throughout the 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.

He 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 Orléans. 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.

Aside 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 ensemble has received sponsorships by many notable sponsors, among them the Deutscher Musikrat, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the City of Berlin and the DAAD. It has commissioned over fourty new works for pianos and percussion by renowned composers like Hugues Dufourt, Tristan Murail and Georg Katzer, and premiered already over thirty.

Prodromos Symeonidis has composed himself several solo and chamber music pieces which have been successfully performed in Europe. He gives regularly lecture concerts like Messiaen's cycle Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus or 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).

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Prodromos Symeonidis
                       Photo: Erika Matsunami
  

Prodromos Symeonidis, Yvonne Loriod
with Yvonne Loriod Messiaen

  

 

 
Prodromos Symeonidis, Orchestre Radio France 
with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France