Great distinction for Greek pianist
Another important distinction was once again given to the expat pianist, composer and conductor Stefan Cassomenos, who was runner-up in the 2013 Lev Vlassenko Pan-Australian Piano Competition, held in Brisbane, performing compositions of Russian composers.
Some 68 pianists took part in the final phase of the competition. Along with the prestigious award, 28-year-old Stefan received a $ 10,000 check as well.
The Greek-Australian pianist has had numerous appearances in concerts and competitions, being given numerous awards worldwide. He gives regular solo recitals throughout Australia, and has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe and Asia.
He began performing internationally at the age of 10 and premiered his own first piano concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at 16 years old. His 2007 London performance was reviewed as “a prodigious London debut by a formidable talent.” He was recently a grand finalist in the 2012 Rhodes International Piano Competition.
Cassomenos’ compositions have been performed by the Symphony Orchestras of Melbourne and Adelaide, and his third piano concerto was premiered in 2010 at the Melbourne Recital Centre. He was recently awarded the 2012 Young Achievement Award by the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.