Born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1983, award-winning pianist Vassilis Varvaresos will perform a variety of works from the classical and romantic piano repertoire. Selections will include Sonata in F major, K. 332 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata no. 2 op. 36 in b-flat major by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Ouvertüre zu Tannhaüser S.442 by Franz Liszt, a rarely performed (due to its difficulty) transcription of the Overture from the opera Tannhaüser by Richard Wagner. Considered at the age of 13 to be among the most virtuosic pianists of the world, a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School and prizewinner in September 2014 of the George Enescu International Competition, Varvaresos’ career is continuing to rise with several performances each year. During the summer of 2013, he made his inaugural appearance in Paris at the Chopin Festival of the Orangerie. March 2012 brought his recital debut at Carnegie Hall to both audience and critical acclaim. Immediately following his debut, he was asked to play at the White House for President Barack Obama. In 1995 at the age of twelve, Varvaresos won first prize in the Petar Konjovic International Competition in Belgrade, and he won the 1996 Pan-HellenicYoung Artist Competition in Athens.
DETAILS: The concert will take place on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. General admission is $20 and free for students. Tickets may be purchased online at go.cofc.edu/ips, at the door, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (843) 953-6575.
Varvaresos also will offer a master class, free and open to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St.