Musical stories from the Amazon, Sierra Leone and Japan
– Johann Sebastian Bach / Franz Liszt: Prelude and Fugue in A minor
– Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor
– Claude Debussy: Syrinx for solo flute (1913)
– César Franck: Sonata for flute and piano in A major
Panos Karan piano
Zacharias Tarpagos flute
Panos Karan was born on the island of Crete in 1982. He was brought up in Athens, where he started piano lessons at age seven and very soon distinguished himself. He received his musical education at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of Sulamita Aronovsky. He made his professional debut in the South Bank Centre, London, at age 19 and in 2004 he was a laureate at the “Jose Iturbi” International Piano Competition in Valencia, Spain, after appearing in the final round with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra.
Panos keeps a busy performing schedule in Europe and the rest of the world. Past appearances include the the South Bank Centre in London,, the St. Petersburg Hermitage Theatre, the Athens Megaron Recital Hall, the Vienna Konzerthous, Tokyo Oji Hall, as well as three solo recitals at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall). In 2007 Panos presented the complete cycle of the Beethoven Concertos with the St. John’s Festival Orchestra in the UK.
In December 2009 Panos Karan recorded his debut album with Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Orion Symphony Orchestra. In January 2011 Panos returned to the Athens Megaron Hall for a sensational performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Athens State Orchestra, which received great critical acclaim.
In January 2011 Panos founded the non- profit organization Keys of Change with the motto “Can music change the world? We believe it can.” Panos has completed five projects for Keys of Change in the Amazon River, Northeastern Japan, Uganda and Sierra Leone.
“Here is a pianist with talent to spare. His Liszt sparkles, his Chopin is heartfelt.”
“At times space did not matter any more. It was simply music.”
Event organized by Keys of Change