Contemporary Piano Recital & Reception
The Modern Greek Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with the National Hellenic Museum under the auspices of the Greek Consulate of Chicago and in association with Hellenic Professional Society of Illinois presents critically acclaimed, premier pianist Konstantinos Papadakis.
Mr Papadakis, a native of Herkalion Crete, Greece and rising star in the contemporary classical music scene, received a fellowship at the Hellenic Conservatory of Athens, and has played the world’s major concert halls. He holds the prestigious Motoko and Gordon Deane Principal Chair with Boston’s Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. The Boston Globe wrote that Papadakis "displays great variety of attack, poetic lyricism and wrists of carbon steel."
Mr Papadakis will perform works by renown Greek composers and new works inspired by Greek themes including Nikos Skalkottas (1904-1949), Jose Villavicencio Grossmann (b. 1973), Minas Borboudakis (b. 1974), Panagiotis Thedossiou (b.1964), and Robert Maggio (b. 1964), highlighted by a piece from the legendary Manos Hadjidakis (1925-1994).
|Skalkottas||Suite No 4|
|Hadjidakis||Rhythmology, Opus 26||Unpublished. First performed by Konstantinos Papadakis from the composer’s autograph score kindly given by the composer’s son.|
|Borboudakis||ROAI III (dataflow) for piano, synthesized and electro-acoustic sounds||US PREMIERE|
|Theodossiou||Scenes from Ancient Greece||Dedicated to Konstantinos Papadakis, for whom it was written, October 2010|
An intimate reception with wine and refreshments and "meet and greet" with the artist will follow the performance.
Visit the National Hellenic Museum event page for more information and to purchase tickets for this limited seating event (only 120 tickets will be sold).
Listen to a selection of Konstantinos Papadakis recordings