|About Evmelia's Artistic Director Dino Mastroyiannis|
Eminent Greek concert pianist Dino Mastroyiannis has pursued a career of remarkable diversity. Regarded for his “rich and multi-faceted technique”, “perfect feeling for rhythm” and “rare expressiveness”, he has appeared in such prestigious concert halls as Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, England; Glinka Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; Ateneul Român in Bucharest; Rudolfinum in Prague; and the Lisinski in Zagreb, to name a few. He has performed in many international festivals and in historic places, including the ‘Bertramka’ Mozart museum in Prague, the ancient Odeon Theatre of Herodes Atticus as part of the Athens International Festival, and in April 2010 at the Montenegrin National Theatre as part of the 9th International ‘A Tempo’ Festival, of which the newspaper ‘Dan’ wrote: “impressive how a ‘simple’ piece in the hands of a virtuoso could become truly a work of art which persons of all ages find interesting… This pianist is well known as ‘the Music Ambassador of Greece’. We would also add that this title is rightly chosen.”
Dino Mastroyiannis enjoyed a special collaboration and friendship with the legendary living Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. Among many of Theodorakis’ works for Piano and Orchestra he has performed to critical acclaim, Mastroyiannis achieved tremendous success with the world premiere of Theodorakis’ “Helikon” Piano Concerto – lost for 44 years - given first in Finland in 2005 with the Mikkeli City Orchestra, and subsequently with orchestras in several other countries. Mikis Theodorakis wrote about him: “I would like to congratulate you for the magnificent interpretation of my lost Piano Concerto ‘Helikon’... I believe that your apprehension of my works totally corresponds with their deeper character, their virtuosity and their mental demands and reflects their quintessence…For all the above, I give you my thanks and congratulations!”
A really special part during Dino’s collaborations with Mikis Theodorakis has been achieved thanks to the unique orchestral approach of Theodorakis’ works under the baton of the famous Swiss conductor and Dino’s heartfelt friend Robert Sélitrenny. Maestro Sélitrenny and Dino Mastroyiannis created a really «perfect duo» at the stage for a long time, especially in Theodorakis’ music but also while performing other works for Piano and Orchestra as well.
On July 16th, 2010 Dino's new CD "Zorba's Dance-Greek Music for Solo Piano" has been released by MSR Classics; this CD received enthusiastic reviews from the international music Press. Peter Burwasser wrote at the famous FANFARE magazine in USA (January-February 2011 Issue): «This affectionately well-played collection of solo Greek piano music makes no pretense to be anything else but a tribute to traditional folk-based nationalistic material. Dino Mastroyiannis plays it all with authority and panache.» Arsenio Orteza wrote in “WORLD magazine” - USA (March 2011): Mastroyiannis has been called the "musical ambassador of Greece," and these 23 compositions (63 if you itemize the "44 Miniatures on Original Greek Folk-Tunes" that comprise the album's first 18 minutes) by eminent 20th-century Greek composers makes it easy to see why. Whether you know a little, a lot, or nothing at all about these deceptively simple works by Hadjidakis, Kalomiris, Konstantindis, Psathas, and Theodorakis, you'll come away with the distinct impression that they are to Greece what Edward MacDowell's Woodland Sketches were, and are, to 19th-century America.»
On June 18th 2010 on the occasion of Dino’s forthcoming CD release, in which he also recorded one of the most fantastic pieces for solo Piano by John Psathas, named “Waiting for the Aeroplane”, a new precious friendship begun. The great Greek-New Zealander composer John Psathas visited Dino in his parent’s house in Volos, Greece, asking to play for him this piece. The tension and the sentiments were incredible to be described. A cinematographic crew coming from New Zealand together with John has filmed Dino’s playing in order to include extracts in the documentary “View from Olympus – A portrait of John Psathas”.
Mr. Mastroyiannis first undertook piano study under Ely Adam, who himself studied with a pupil of Alfred Cortot. He is a graduate of the Music Conservatory of Athens, where he studied under Aliki Vatikioti, receiving a Soloist Diploma with the highest possible distinction and the coveted First Prize. He continued his studies under internationally acclaimed Bulgarian pedagogues Konstantin and Julia Ganevi, former students of Heinrich Neuhaus, and in both solo and chamber music performance in Austria, Germany and at the Sion Music Academy in Switzerland. Mr. Mastroyiannis completed his studies in piano performance as a private student of the greatest virtuoso, Brazilian pianist Roberto Szidon, student of Claudio Arrau and Artur Rubinstein.
Dino Mastroyiannis was the only person from Greece to whom the International Organization "Mozart 2006" (Austria) gave its written permission to use their official logo for a very special and rare series of concerts, the "Anthology of music for Piano 4 hands". The Italian newspaper “Libertà” praised him with the enthusiastic review "discovering the most secret Mozart" for his special interpretation in some of Mozart’s most famous chamber-works. Dino has recorded many times for different radio and TV stations all over Europe. He has also recorded in CD the 4th Piano Concerto of Saint-Saëns with the Catanzaro Symphony Orchestra.
Dino enjoys also a very intimate career as a teacher and promoter of young musicians. Some of his past students from his class at the Volos’ Municipal Conservatory already performed in many countries and in prestigious concert stages, like the Carnegie Hall in New York. His is often invited as a member of the jury in national and international Piano competitions.
During 2001-2002 he created and was the Artistic Director and main economical supporter of the «Volos International Music Festival» (http://musicfestival.dinomastroyiannis.com). After the summer of 2010 he interrupted his concert activities because of a focal dystonia; his right hand is now in an admirable recovery process thanks to the precious advice of the specialist, Belgian pianist, Laurent Boullet.
Beginning from summer 2011 Dino started working on the idea of a new international music festival: the ‘Evmelia’ Festival, described by Dino as “the voice of real music against the general crisis” and by the artists as “the music of dreams that comes true”, has been accomplished in collaboration with Katerina Porphyrogenis, the President of the Porphyrogenis Foundation (Agria, Greece), who generously offered to Dino a “real home” for his demanding plans. Today, the upcoming 4th Edition of the ‘Evmelia’ Festival is already a fact.
Last year Dino performed with tremendous success at the Evmelia III Festival Schubert's "Die schöne Müllerin" together with the distinguished Austrian baritone Georg Lehner. The live recording of that concert has been released in CD by the Italian company "Sheva Collection".
More info: www.dinomastroyiannis.com