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about dimitris

Dimitris Karydis was born in Crete, Greece. Virtuosity, vitality, accuracy and excitement - indisputable elements in his playing - have assured him appearances with outstanding success in England, Germany, Italy, Japan and Greece.

Awards include the 1st prize in four national piano competitions, the 'Else Cross' Piano Prize (Royal Academy of Music, 1998), the Croydon award and the prestigious 'E. Mykoniou' prize, awarded to him by the Academy of Athens for his artistic activity. In March 2002, he was awarded a special prize in the prestigious Grand Prix "Maria Callas" performing Mozart Piano Concerto KV 595 with The Iasio Philarmonic in the Megaron Athens Concert Hall.

Dimitris made his London debut with remarkable success in May 2000 at the prestigious Fairfield Concert Hall performing Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 with Croydon Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements include important appearances in England, Greece, Germany.

Dimitris holds a soloist diploma from the Athens Conservatoire gaining the highest possible mark and 'award of excellence', a diploma of Advanced Studies with 'Merit' from the Royal Academy of Music, London, a master's degree with 'distinction' from the City University, London, and a bachelor's degree in Classics from the Athens University. He has worked intensively with Aliki Vatikioti, Frank Wibaut and James Gibb.

Dimitris is very grateful for the generous support of the IKY and the G. Bachauer Foundations.

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