Cyprien Katsaris

„The new Bechstein concert grand is one of those wonderful instruments that allows the pianist even better scope for self-expression across the entire range of musical styles from the 17th Century right up to the present day.”
 CYPRIEN KATSARIS

Cyprien Katsaris is a French pianist and composer of Cypriot descend who was born in Marseilles on 5 May 1951. He first performed in public on 8 May 1966 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris as a “knight” of a young performer competition entitled “The Kingdom of Music”. He went on to win prizes in the following competitions: Tribune internationale des jeunes interprètes UNESCO (Bratislava 1977), Concours international Cziffra (Versailles 1974), Prix de la Fondation Albert-Roussel (Paris 1970) and  Prix de la Fondation Alex de Vries (Antwerp 1972). Katsaris has performed with the world’s greatest orchestras (Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Deutsches Symphonieorchester, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam), playing under such outstanding conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Simon Rattle, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Ivan Fischer, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kent Nagano, Sir Charles Mackerras, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Dmitri Kitajenko.

In addition to his solo career, he founded the Katsaris Piano Quintet, an ensemble that has received a very enthusiastic response from both the press and audiences in Europe, Japan and the Americas. Cyprien Katsaris has recorded on labels such as Teldec (works by Liszt and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin, Warsaw 1985), Sony Classical, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, BMG-RCA, Decca and Pavane, as well as on his own label, Piano 21. His discography includes solo piano works by the greatest composers and works for the piano and orchestra by Bach, Liszt, Brahms and Mozart  recorded live in Salzburg and Vienna. Two famous film directors, Claude Chabrol and Oscar-winner François Reichenbach, have made films of Cyprien Katsaris in concert. A member of the jury for various Chopin, Liszt and Beethoven international competitions, Katsaris has also conducted masterclasses in New York City, Toronto, Mexico City, The Hague and Salzburg’s Mozarteum.

Cyprien Katsaris recorded a new CD on a C. Bechstein grand piano D 282. Just like "Elective Affinities", Goethe’s celebrated novel, the theme of this CD brings together several pieces from different eras and cultural backgrounds. Katsaris performs original compositions for piano, transcriptions and two own pieces, dedicated to Chopin and Rachmaninov.

Cyprien Katsaris writes in the booklet text of his CD: "The new Bechstein concert grand is one of those wonderful instruments that allows the pianist even better scope for self-expression across the entire range of musical styles from the 17th Century right up to the present day, which is why the programme for this recording is so diverse. … I would only add that I have also identified a huge affinity with the Bechstein concert grand. For the record, so to speak, I used a Bechstein concert grand in the 1980s for five CDs I made with Teldec."