The New Colossus of the Keys, a piano recital presented by Ioannis Potamousis.
Ioannis Potamousis, described by the Pasatiempo as “New Colossus of the Keys”, is internationally acclaimed as a charismatic and passionate performer. He is known for his captivating artistry and introspective, poetic expression.
“…Ioannis Potamousis impressed the audience with his powerful and charming performance as well as his ability to create a dialogue with the orchestra,” wrote the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger of his performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto.
The program features two milestones of the piano repertoire from the impressionism and post-romantic musical era: Debussy’s 12 Preludes and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Sonata. Debussy’s 12 Preludes explore the 88 piano keys in sophisticated ways that involve dense and unique harmonies, arpeggios, pedaling and exquisite figuration. The Second Piano Sonata by Rachmaninoff shows the composer’s ingenuity to combine pianistic power and musical mastery as convincingly as his piano concertos. These two contrasting compositions offer to the audience a musical journey from the colors and symbolism of the French Impressionism to the lavish passionate melodies and bell chimes of the Russian post-romantic period.
“Great brilliance…unique atmosphere” said the Cincinnati Post.
Gulf News wrote: “…It was worth just to listen to Potamousis play Liszt’s Spanish Rhapsody. As we watched the pianist lose himself, we too became mesmerized by the music which took our breath away….”, “…anyone should watch Potamousis in action-he is thunderous one moment, comedic the next, then delicate as air.”
Potamousis’ performances have taken him to important international venues in Europe and the Middle East as well as across North America. He has played at the Athens Concert Hall, the international summer festival and, on his recent Middle Eastern tour, to concert halls in Palestine, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The Dubai appearance included collaboration with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Dubai.
In New York, he has played in the Trinity Church Concert Series, the Mannes festival and at Steinway Hall, the Harvard Club and the Metropolitan Club. He has performed concertos with New York’s New Amsterdam Symphony, the Collegium Musicum of Cologne, the Summit (New Jersey) Symphony, the Athens State Orchestra, the New Jersey City Symphony Orchestra and the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra.
Ioannis Potamousis is a prizewinner of several international piano contests, including the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati (Silver Medal), the International Piano Competition in Santa Fe, New Mexico (First prize) as well as the Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis. He holds degrees from Musikhochschule Cologne, New York’s Mannes College of Music and Rutgers University, where he received a Doctorate of Musical Arts. Most recently, Ioannis completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Nottingham University. Currently, he is the Head of Keyboard Studies at Brighton College Abu Dhabi as well as the co-founder of “Pollen-Spreading the seeds of music”.
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