Stavros Dritsas - Pianist
Soloist, chamber musician, Artistic Director of the City of London Soloists, Tutor at the Blackheath Conservatoire
Described as a ‘special and thoughtful pianist, who possesses a beautiful, lucid sound’ (Critics Point), Stavros Dritsas’s career spans in an increasingly busy concert schedule, being the Artistic Director of the City of London Soloists, as well as teaching at the Blackheath Conservatoire.
Stavros performs regularly in Greece, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia and Russia, including recitals at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Antwerp’s Palace of the Knights, Teatro Sperimentale di Ancona, Scriabin Museum, Conway Hall, University of Bonn, the Athens Megaron, Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall, and S James’s Piccadilly.
A keen chamber musician, his recently formed duo with violinist Paula Gorbanova has appeared in London and abroad, as well as broadcasting for Radio 3 in Latvia, followed by a recital at the Latvian Academy of Music.
As a soloist, Stavros has performed concertos with the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Soloists, the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, and the Athens Sinfonietta. In 2020-2021, Stavros will be playing concertos with the Athens Philharmonic, Kazan Chamber Orchestra, as well as with the Toronto Sinfonia in his Canada debut, as well as recitals in Europe, America and Canada. He has been a Talent Unlimited Artist since 2017.
Recent highlights include Stavros being the recipient of the 2019 Young Soloist of the Year by the Gina Bachauer International Music Association, as well as the successful launch of the City of London Soloists, whom he directs from the keyboard. The City of London Soloists, of whom Stavros is the Founder and Artistic Director, is an unconducted chamber orchestra comprised by some of London’s finest young musicians. Having gained a residency at the Conway Hall, the orchestra’s ambitious 2020 plans include collaborations with renowned soloists and composers, as well as touring in Spain and Belgium.
Stavros made his first recording at the age of 16 for the Greek National Radio, with whom he has also recorded works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. He has also recently recorded chamber music works by Schubert for BBC Radio 3 in collaboration with British actor, Martin Jarvis.
A keen performer of contemporary music, he performs and commissions works by Ronald Corp, Fotis Koutzagiotis and Stephan Hodel in London and abroad. Stavros Dritsas was born in Loutraki, Greece in 1996. He began his musical studies at the Music High School in his native Corinth, at the age of twelve, and continued his training at the Hellenic Conservatoire in Athens and the Schola Cantorum in Paris under the guidance of Agathe Leimoni.
He currently resides in London and is a postgraduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Lucy Parham, from where he holds a Bachelor in Piano Performance. His studies in London have been generously supported with scholarships by the Guildhall School and the Henry Wood trusts.
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"From Stavros, over the last couple of years, I've received a musical education as well as superb technical guidance through composers and pieces I would never before have dared tackle. He's transformed my listening as well as my playing. Finally, I am getting to express emotion through technique! As opposed to, you know, flubbing about ..."
"My daughter, 16, wants to compose musicals. Her piano playing is -- not good. Hardly the best fit with a classical pianist like Stavros, or so you would think. But, glory be, he actually listens to what Natalie tells him and proceeds to focus on compositional technique. My daughter's is now practising every free hour, wholly inspired and enthused. Yes, Stavros teaches very well, but he also cares about what it is people want from his lessons. That's rare, and very welcome."