George-Emmanuel Lazaridis - piano
Born in Greece, George-Emmanuel Lazaridis has already embarked on a flourishing international career. Since his early teens he has been performing in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Le Corum Montpellier, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Acropolis, the Athens concert Hall and played with leading orchestras including the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Strasbourg Philharmonic and the Warsaw Symphony.
Mentored by Yonty Solomon (RCM), he has performed under the direction of such distinguished luminaries as Sir Neville Marriner, Ingo Metzmacher, Theodor Guschlbauer and Michel Tabachnik among others and has collaborated with renowned ensembles and artists including the Medici Quartet, the Isaye Quartet, the Vienna Octet, the BT Scottish Ensemble, Leonidas Kavakos and Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also appeared at Harrogate, Athens and Montpellier international festivals and for the Springboard Concerts Trust at the Wallace Collection in London.
His recent performances, including the Athens Concert Hall 'Great Interpreters' concert series, the Monterrei International Piano Festival, a recital in the Sala Maffeiana in Verona, Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the Thessaloniki State Symphony and performances of works by Koumentakis in the Athens Festival and at the Megaron were all highly acclaimed both by audiences and critics. TSC (USA) and the BBC as well as the Greek National Television ERT have featured him in special broadcast profiles and his CD release of Schumann Piano Works has been selected as one of BBC Music Magazine's Top 10 recommendations.
In 2006 the artistic committee of ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) selected Lazaridis as the Megaron Rising Star candidate for the 2006/07 season. This distinction will include recitals in Amsterdam, Athens, Birmingham, Brussels, New York, Paris, Salzburg, Stockholm and Vienna.
He has received a plethora of honorary awards and scholarships, including the prestigious Academy of Athens and the Worshipful Company of Musicians awards, the Queen Elizabeth (RCM), Cathleen Creed (TCM) the Onassis, Hattori and Levendis Foundations to name but a few.
I'd be tempted to take my chances crossing a motorway to hear playing of this quality!more >>Classicstoday.com
The power and ferocity of the climaxes are enough to make sure you've insured your loudspeakers and warned your neighbors! Clearly Lazaridis is no run-of-the-mill virtuoso, and we're sure to hear more from him.more >>Atlanta Audio Society
Pianist with a flair for pyrotechnicsmore >>Audiophile Audition
Playful, deftly leggierissimo, and elegantly fluid, the piece lights on dragonfly wings then surges up a lion's paw.more >>Diapason
En françaismore >>The Pianist
Pianist Recommended - Lazaridis easily slips into the top ranks with his finely recorded performance here.more >>Le Soir
En françaismore >>Le Soir
...the darling of major concert halls...more >>Opus Magazine
En français - Un Super Audio CD de démonstration.more >>Opus Magazine France
...a fascinating range of expression...more >>BBC Music Magazine
"Instrumental Disc of the Month" - warmly recommended.
Liszt with authority...more >>Classic FM Magazine
FIVE STAR REVIEW - As each mesmerising episode unfolds, the listener is compelled along by the sheer force of Lazaridis's artistic personality.more >>Gramophone Magazine
A performance of of formidable eloquence and achievement, and it has been finely recorded and presented.more >>The Scotsman
Lazaridis packs a mighty punch with a torturous couplingmore >>International Piano
Liszt playing of a high order, and an indication of a very promising career to come.more >>