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A warm welcome to the latest artist joining the WildKat family, classically-trained pianist Theodosia Ntokou.

Often you hear people talking about artists being passionate and determined about their art, but it isn’t always obvious what that actually means. If you look at the life and work of Theodosia you get a glimpse of what it means to truly be an artist dedicated to their craft. Growing up in Greece, she travelled nearly every weekend from Rhodes to Athens for a one-hour music lesson at the National Conservatory, a 600km journey across land and sea.

Foto: Vesna Dakic

After graduating with honours, Theodosia continued her studies with Hungarian pianist Laszlo Simon at the Universität der Künste Berlin and while undertaking a postgraduate degree from the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest. She then moved to the USA where she completed her master’s degree with Russian pianist Oxana Yablonskaya at the Juilliard School in New York City, followed by an assistantship at the University of Hartford (The Hartt School).
In 2009, Theodosia met legendary pianist Martha Argerich for the first time and since then has become her protégé and remains under her guidance to this day. Together, they perform around the globe and are celebrated by audiences and critics alike.

Theodosia has won awards at several competitions such as the Young Artists International Piano Competition (2006) and the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (2007). In 2008, she received the Evelyn Bonar Scholarship Award. She performs in festivals across Europe, collaborating with famous orchestras such as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and made her debut at the Carnegie Hall and the Berliner Philharmonie, amongst many others.
 
In the spring and summer of 2018, Theodosia will perform at prestigious venues including Gasteig Munich on March 18th and the Gewandhaus Leipzig and festivals including the Athens & Epidaurus Festival and the 55th International Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo.

(Written on March 16, 2018 )

In today’s news, The Guardian writes that the elite can’t decide who’s cultured, and the BBC report on pianist Ayham al-Ahmad’s glimmer of hope amid the Syrian refugee crisis. Also, James Rhodes believes that there is a link between music, creativity and mental health, and the BBC apologise for ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon in Proms program

The Guardian

We can’t leave it to the elite to decide who’s cultured

Why should love of opera be a key cultural indicator? What about those of us who prefer rap, or Bob Dylan, and have no desire to be like the posh few

BBC Music Magazine

Leif Ove Andsnes in new Beethoven documentary

The Norwegian pianist examines Beethoven’s five piano concertos

The Times of Israel

BBC apologizes for ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon in music program

Hook-nosed caricature of violinist Leopold Auer, printed in pamphlet for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, sparked outrage

The Guardian

Forget the mad genius composer myth: music is good for the mind

The cliche of the reclusive composer who loses their mind over manuscript is unhelpful. But, says pianist James Rhodes, there is a link between music, creativity and mental health that is both real and beneficial to people’s well-being

BBC

Syria refugee crisis: Yarmouk pianist’s perilous journey to Greece

Amid the ruins of the destroyed Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, pianist Ayham al-Ahmad provided a rare glimmer of hope amid the devastation

New York Times

New York Philharmonic Accompanies ‘On the Waterfront’ and ‘The Godfather’

The idea behind the Art of the Score series, one of the most popular innovations of the New York Philharmonic in recent years, could not be simpler: classic films are screened at Avery Fisher Hall with the Philharmonic playing the score live

Die Welt

Hier macht sich der Tenorprinz endlich dreckig

Und der Dirigent John Eliot Gardiner hilft ihm ganz wunderbar beim Erwachsenwerden: Juan Diego Flórez singt in London mit Glucks Orpheus seine erste barocke Bühnenrolle

Berliner Zeitung

Marek Janowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent

Das Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Auf Marek Janowski folgt Wladimir Jurowski

Tagesspiegel

Diese Unterwelt ist die Hölle

Großes Finale beim Musikfest Berlin – mit “Orfeo” nach Claudio Monteverdi, den Philharmonikern mit Carl Nielsen und Karlheinz Stockhausen

El País

Plácido Domingo dirige un concierto en México por los 30 años del seísmo

El tenore español protagoniza un homenaje en Tlatelolco, el lugar donde ayudó a rescatar a cuatro familiares que murieron bajo los escombros

Twitter

More than 300,000 people attended concerts this summer. Find out more facts here:

Catch Downton last night? has John Lunn’s wonderful score next. LISTEN >

Cafes were better in the C18th. Bach’s 5th harpsichord concerto was mere background music for Zimmerman’s in Leipzig

News 21st

‘Music is the only medicine that has never let me down’ … James Rhodes/ The Guardian

(Written on September 21, 2015 )

The London-based Turkish pianist AyseDeniz Gokcin released an EP album towards the end of 2012, uniting her love for rock and classical music. The young pianist transformed three Pink Floyd songs in the style of Franz Liszt and performed her arrangements on a classical piano – no electronics involved.

She wanted to pay homage to Liszt and celebrate his 200th anniversary as well as Pink Floyd’s music-making – ‘Another Brick in the Wall’, ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Hey You’ all feature on her EP.

Following an article on her release on Prog Rock Magazine Online, which can be read here, AyseDeniz has received worldwide recognition. First published on 26th December 2012, the piece has been shared on Facebook nearly 300 times and tweeted directly from Prog Rock Magazine Online by many a reader. The feature has continued to spread; first translated into Hungarian for Hard Rock, followed by a translation into Spanish for Esquiz Ofrenia. AyseDeniz’ article was then shared on major music websites in Finland, Brazil, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Turkey and many more. And so her Lisztified interpretation of Pink Floyd has gained fans worldwide.

You can download her album here

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/pink-floyd-lisztified-fantasia/id561516020

AyseDeniz will be performing at St James’, Piccadilly on 25th April.

And for more information about AyseDeniz – visit her website http://www.aysedeniz.org/Pianist.html or follow her on twitter https://twitter.com/ADpianist

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(Written on January 16, 2013 )