Dimitri Papadimitriou
Dimitri Papadimitriou

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Greek pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou has distinguished himself as an artist of refined musicianship and personal verve. Praised for his commitment and passion for music, he currently resides in Pittsburgh enjoying a flourishing career as a chamber musician, administrator and lecturer.

Dimitri was recently appointed as a faculty member at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in Pittsburgh and serves as the Artistic Director of the ‘Carnegie Mellon Chamber Series’, a newly found series that brings together members of the CMU faculty and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. A passionate avid of chamber music, Dimitri’s past commitments include collaborations with faculty members from the Aspen Music Festival and principal musicians from major European and U.S. orchestras. Recent performances include recitals with Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, Andrés Cárdenes, former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as Anne Martindale Williams, William Caballero, Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, Lorna McGhee, Michael Rusinek and Nancy Goeres, all principals of the Pittsburgh Symphony; this season will also find him on stage with renowned violinist James Ehnes. 

A musician of versatile skills, he has lately developed an interest in conducting that led him to his opera debut with Mozart’s Magic Flute. This past summer he was at the Eastern Music Festival as a conducting fellow under the mentorship of Gerard Schwarz, and the year prior to that he attended the Pierre Monteux Festival and School where he conducted Chausson’s Symphony in B-flat major and Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony.  

A native of Greece, Dimitri began his piano studies at age five and made his orchestral debut four years later with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 in A major. During his youth, his commending performances brought him quick recognition, multiple scholarships and national awards. At age sixteen, he won first prize in the ‘Classical Heritage’ chamber music competition of Moscow and subsequently performed at the winner’s gala concert at the esteemed Tchaikovsky Conservatory. After completing his studies at the Athenaeum Conservatory with 'Excellence by unanimous consent, First Prize and Gold Medal', Dimitri made his debut with the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra with Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini’.  Following a great success, he was invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto for a national broadcast and since then, has been a regular soloist with Greek orchestras, with the latest engagement being with the Athens State Orchestra at the Athens Megaron.

Striving also for academic excellence, in 2013 Dimitri was awarded the title ‘Doctor of Music Performance’. Keen on making scholarly contributions, for his doctoral thesis he chose to depict Beethoven's tonal ethos by identifying archetypal behaviors upon which he was composing in relation to the concept of key characteristics, a study that was well received by experts in the field. While completing his doctoral studies in Ireland, he also performed in some of the country’s most prestigious venues and festivals. His engagements took him to the National Concert Hall for an all Liszt Recital, the acclaimed ‘New Ross Piano Festival’, ‘Clifden Arts Festival’, ‘RDS Rising Stars’ and many more. 

A graduate of Indiana University and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, he has participated in a plethora of festivals throughout Europe and the U.S. including the ‘Eastern Music Festival’, ‘Pierre Monteux Festival & School’ ‘Aspen Music Festival’, the ‘International Keyboard Festival’, the ‘Mozarteum Summer Academy’ and the ‘Holland Music Sessions’, and has been under the influence of highly acclaimed teachers, such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Sergei Babayan, Arie Vardi and Jerome Rose, all of whom have commended Dimitri for his artistry and musicianship. His former teachers include John O’Conor, Menahem Pressler, Emile Naoumoff and Alla Halapsis.

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