St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Alexandros Velonis - piano

Friday, 13 March at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Alexandros Velonis - piano

Beethoven
      Piano Sonata No 30 in E major, op 109
          Vivace ma non troppo
          Adagio espressivo
          Prestissimo
          Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung
          Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

Liszt
      Années de pèlerinage Deuxième année
          Italie, Sonetto del Petrarca 104
          Italie, Après une lecture de Dante
          Fantasia Quasi Sonata

The pianist and poet Alexandros Emmanuil Velonis was born on the Island of Rhodes to sculptor, painter and goldsmith Dimitrios, and painter and merchant Ekaterini Papachristodoulou. He took his first musical instruction in Rhodes, though his intense studies began with his arrival in Athens when he was eighteen. Here he studied piano with the Russian pianist Valery Ismagolov and advanced music theory, aesthetics of music and musicological research with Constantine Carambelas-Sgourdas. He was also lucky to study with the great pianist and pedagogue Manona Freeman, daughter of the legendary Woldermar Freeman, the professor of Gina Bachauer. In May 2010 he took part in the demanding Second Maria Cherogiorgou International Piano Competition (junior category), from which he won a special promising artist distinction. Subsequently in December 2011, he received the Junior Bachauer Prize-Scholarship, nominated by the Gina Bachauer International Music Association. The same year he received the Harmony Specialist Degree with excellence and in 2013 the Counterpoint Degree again with excellence.
    
In January 2014 he received a fund by the distinguished American pianist, Ray Luck to study with him for twenty days in Florida. He has taken part in master-classes with numerous internationally acclaimed artists: France Clidat (France), Ray Luck (U.S.A.), Heribert Koch (Germany), Alberto Portugheis (UK - Argentina), Ruth Nye (UK) Heyound Park (France), George Hatzinikos (Greece - UK). He has also appeared in concert in various prestigious venues, such as the Achillion (the palace of Princess Sissy), Athens Concert Hall and Saroglion Megaro (Officer's Club of the armed forces).

He is currently studying privately in London and Cologne with Graham Fitch and Heribert Koch respectively, whilst preparing for his Greek Piano Soloist and LTCL diploma, along with his entrance exams for the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin. Moreover he is undertaking a series of recitals around the UK and Greece in 2014 and 2015.

Last but not least he is the founder and artistic director of Lumen Artium, an International Music and Arts Festival which takes place in Rhodes, September 2015.