DINO MASTROYIANNIS – Concert Pianist
Eminent Greek concert pianist Dino Mastroyiannis, whom the legendary living Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis praised as “a true Apostle of his music”, 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; Lisinski in Zagreb; Big Concert Hall of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Ankara (Turkey); Big Concert Hall named after “Salikh Saidashev” in Kazan (Russia); and the “Sala Bulgaria” in Sofia, 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 (“Hellenic 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.
On July 16th, 2010 Dino’s 2nd 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.»
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. During 2001-2002 he created and was the Artistic Director and main economical supporter of the «Volos International Music Festival». After the summer of 2010 he interrupted his concert activities because of a focal dystonia; his right hand is now in a full 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, which 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). ‘Evmelia’ Festival succesfully completed its 7th Edition in September 2019.
On 2014 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 Dino’s 3rd CD by the Italian company “Sheva Collection”. Two of the most recent highlights is Dino’s career are his recital at the 6th International Festival “Constantinus” in Serbia (June 2015), performing his new fascinating solo recital “L’art du chant appliqué au piano”, and his concert at the Bösendorfer Hall in Mozart’s House in Vienna together with the soprano Olivera Tičević and the baritone Georg Lehner (July 2015), which has been organized by the famous Piano factory Bösendorfer. Recently Dino performed with great success as a soloist with the State Symphony Orchestra of Moldova Mozart’s Piano Concerto “Jeunehomme”. Also, he performed a ceremony solo recital for the 125 years of the legendary “Zografeion” in Istanbul (Turkey), where he has also performed the world-premiere of “Zorba the Greek”, a fascinating new jazz-arrangement of the Russian composer Vladimir Titov written for and dedicated to Dino, and based on the famous syrtaki-theme of Mikis Theodorakis’ “Zorba”. This recital has been also performed under tremendous success in Ankara, organized by the Greek Embassy of Turkey, at the Big Concert Hall of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Ankara.