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Since his highly acclaimed Royal Festival Hall concerto debut before a capacity audience, London-born pianist LOUIS DEMETRIUS ALVANIS has established an international career and a reputation as a musician of outstanding brilliance and sensitivity, performing in Europe, the USA, the Far East and in the UK; in London he has played solo recitals in the major concert halls such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls, St Johns Smith Square, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall.
Alvanis is a regular guest at many prestigious international festivals and venues, amongst which the Societa del Quartetto Italy, Toyota Concert Hall Japan, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center and Museum of Fine Arts St.Petesburg USA, Sligo Arts Festival Ireland, Windsor Festival England, National Concert Hall Celebrity Recital Series Dublin, Saint-Amand Montrond Festival in France, Bern Casino in Switzerland, Santo Stefano Festival Bologna, Musikseminar in Hamburg, Martinu Concert Hall for Trutnov European Musical Summer Festival, Josef Suk Spring Festival and Bystrice pod Hostynem Festival Czech Republic, Pharos Trust Concert Series Cyprus, Alba Music Festival and Villa Carlotta Concert Series on Lake Como in Italy. He has appeared in Poland on many occasions; at the Powsin International Piano Festival, Staszic Palace, Chopin’s birthplace in Zelazowa Wola, Ostrogski Palace, and open air all-Chopin recitals under the Chopin Monument at the Lazienki Park in Warsaw, in addition to regular recitals for the Chopin Society in London. He has performed with many international soloists and ensembles, such as Kyung-Wha Chung, the Aviv Quartet, Ayako Yoshida, and with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Bern Symphony Orchestra, LSSO, Aikoros Chamber Orchestra, YMSO, Cyprus State Orchestra, Moldova National Philharmonic, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonic Collegium, Florence Chamber Orchestra, with conductors such as Fabio Marco Brunelli, Wojciech Rajski, Marios Papadopoulos, James Blair, Poul Jorgensen and Peter Maag.
Louis Demetrius Alvanis began his early studies with his father Donis Alvanis. He gave his first public performance at the South Bank Centre's Purcell Room when he was nine years old whilst studying with the Leschetizky disciple Rose Inlander-Gover. He later played to Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau where he attended her masterclasses. At sixteen he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in London and completed his studies there winning top prizes in piano and composition.
Within a substantial repertoire, he also encompasses frequent performances of works by contemporary composers which he has commissioned or premiered. He has also given recitals and masterclasses at most of the UK’s principal conservatoires and universities.
His playing has been broadcast by the BBC, ITV (Thames), Classic FM, NTV Japan, Polish Television and Radio, Swiss Television, French Radio, Netherlands Radio, ERT, CBC (Greece and Cyprus) and Radio New Zealand amongst many others, in addition to recitals at the Queen’s House, Greenwich and St John’s Smith Square, both of which were recorded live by Classic FM. A documentary about his work has also been broadcast on the Cable Television network. He is a recipient of the Hellenic Foundation Arts Award and more recently appeared on the front cover of International Piano Magazine as featured artist.
The Daily Telegraph critic described his playing as "a truly astonishing fire and force" whilst the Evening Standard reviewer wrote "Amid shimmering right hand chords, Alvanis picked out essential melodic lines and daubed them onto the evening, like a graffiti artist out on a spraying spree. His touch was magical. The music swelled powerfully and the piano roared... the sound is with me still”.
His recordings appear on the Meridian and Brilliant Classics labels, and comprise piano music by Brahms , Schumann and Chopin as well as “Piano Colours”, a CD featuring piano music by contemporary British composer Jonathan FeBland.
His CD recording for Meridian featuring Brahms Hungarian Dances Nos 11-21 was rated excellent for performance and sound by BBC Music Magazine:“ the dances cry out for sensitive, expressive, witty rubato and precisely judged tempo changes, and he provides these admirably as if he’d spent his life as a gypsy fiddler. He also brings to bear an impressive range of keyboard colour...Alvanis’s poetry and plasticity of line are much to be prized”. International Piano magazine remarked “he produces some magical sonorities that match exactly the celestial quality of Brahms's inspiration”.
Earlier this year, Meridian released his recording of Chopin’s Three Piano Sonatas, about which Fanfare Magazine, wrote: “this is playing of a gifted and greatly cultivated Chopin pianist”, whilst Music Web wrote: “this is a very fine Chopin disc and can hold its own amongst the best".
He resides in London with his wife Lidia and their fifteen year old triplet boys.
2 Polonaises op. 40
C minor no.2
A major no.1
Scherzo in B flat minor op. 31
Ballade in G minor op. 23
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in E flat major op. 22
Alberto Nosè gained his first recognition at the age of eleven, winning First Prize in the Jugend für Mozart International Competition in Salzburg, thanks to which he held his first concert tour around Italy, Austria and France. He went on to win prizes at prestigious international piano competitions: Paloma O’Shea in Santander (1st Prize, Gold Medal and Audience Pirze), F. Chopin in Warsaw (5th Prize in 2000), F. Busoni in Bolzano (2nd Prize with particular distinction in 1999), Maj Lind in Helsinki (1st Prize in 2002), Long-Thibaud in Paris (2nd Prize in 2004), Vendôme Prize in Parigi (1st Prize in 2000), World Piano Competition in London (2nd Prize in 2002), L. Gante in Pordenone (1st Prize in 2002), Premio Venezia (1st Prize unanimously in 1998).
In 2011 he wins first prize at the Top of the World International Piano Competition in Tromsø (Norway).
From such affermations, an acclaimed career came out and took him to perform throughout Europe and all over the world for important festivals and in prestigious concert halls as Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Théâtre du Châtelet and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Beethoven Fest in Bonn, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Chopin Festival in Geneva, Summer Festival in Luzern, Teatro Monumental and Auditorio in Madrid, Megaron in Athens, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Filharmonja Narodowa in Warsaw, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio do MASP in Sao Paulo, Sala Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Cervantino International Festival in Mexico City, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Settembre Musica in Turin, Bologna Festival, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Sala Verdi, Teatro dal Verme and Auditorium in Milan, Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.
He has performed in recital and chamber music with the Italian cellist Rocco Filippini, the Ysaÿe Quartet, the Venetian Quartet, the violinist Fanny Clamagirand and the cellist Giorgi Kharadze, and as soloist with the London Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Warsaw Philharmonic, Filharmonia Varsovia, Kiev Opera Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Sinfonica RTVE de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Helsingborg Symphony, Janacek Philharmonic, Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Württembergisches Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Norwegian Radio Orchestra of Oslo, Orchestra della Fondazione Arena di Verona, Orchestra Haydn di Trento e Bolzano, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio.He collaborated with well-known conductors, such as Roy Goodman, Manfred Honeck, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Enrique Batiz, Anton Nanut, Hannu Lintu, James Judd, Marcus Bosch, Rumon Gamba, George Hanson, Ion Marin, Josè Ferreira Lobo, Lewis Kaplan, Ola Rudner, Giancarlo De Lorenzo, Alain Lombard, Enrique Mazzola, Thomas Søndergård.
He often helds masterclasses at Conservatories, Colleges, Institutes and International Music Festivals, such as the Conservatory in Geneva, the Mannes College of Music in New York, the Bowdoin Festival in Brunswick (Maine – USA) and in Japan.
His discography includes recordings for Assicurazioni Generali, for Tau Records, for the French music magazine Piano, for Radio Classica, Radio Gdansk and Radio Suisse Romande. In 2007 he records a cd for Nascor-Ysaye Records with music of Schumann and Prokofiev, and is awarded the prizes of La Clef ResMusica.com and Coup de coeur Fnac.In 2008 a DVD with Mozart and Beethoven piano music is released by Domovideo, recorded on occasion of the 250th Mozart Anniversary in 2006, and broadcast by SKY Classica Sat Channel. In the same year Naxos publishes a cd with the Six Sonatas op.17 by Johann Christian Bach, a world premiere on modern piano, that receives the prize “CHOC du Le Monde de la Musique” and “4 Diapason Superbe” and is broadcast all over the world, by Radio France, BBC 3, Radio 4 Netherland, Radio New Zealand, ABC Classic FM USA and Australia.
In 2009, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International assignes him the title of Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) to career, “as a sign of appreciation and gratitude for his tangible value and meaningful contribution in promoting a better mutual understanding and friendly relations among peoples around the world”.
He is regularly invited as jury member in important international piano competitions, like the F. Chopin in Warsaw in 2010.
Alberto Nosè graduated at the Conservatory “F. E. Dall'Abaco” in Verona with Prof. Laura Palmieri. He continued his education with Professors Franco Scala, Boris Petrushansky and Leonid Margarius at the International Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro of Imola where he obtained the Piano Master in 2005. He also attended the masterclasses by Maurizio Pollini, Murray Perahia, Andrej Jasinski, Michael Dalberto, Louis Lortie, Michael Beroff, Alexander Lonquich, Arie Vardi, Fou Ts'ong, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Alfons Kontarsky, Paul Badura-Skoda.
Ballade in G minor op. 23
Preludes op. 28
1. C major 13. F sharp major
2. A minor 14. E flat minor
3. G major 15. D flat major
4. E minor 16. B flat minor
5. D major 17. A flat major
6. B minor 18. F minor
7. A major 19. E flat major
8. F sharp minor 20. C minor
9. E major 21. B flat major
10. C sharp minor 22. G minor
11. B major 23. F major
12. G sharp minor 24. D minor
Scherzo in B flat minor op. 31