PANOS KARAN piano
Tuesday 30 May 2023
Duration: 60min (approx), without interval
Internationally acclaimed artist Panos Karan (Greece/UK) presents an intimate programme with songs and dances by Mediterranean composers, together with traditional Japanese melodies, arranged for the piano by the pianist himself. This exotic musical experience with music from the East and West promises to satisfy the senses of seasoned piano enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
Programme (no interval)
Images (Book I)
La maja y el ruiseñor (from Goyescas)
Four Japanese traditional songs
(Touryanse, Tsuki no Komori, Haru no Ame, Sakura)
Three dances from piano suite “For a Little White Seashell”
(Syrtos, Tsamikos, Grand Sousta)
Panos Karan is a pianist, conductor and humanitarian whose ideas are fast shaping the understanding of classical music in the 21st century. Born in Greece and educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Panos has taken music from the world’s top concert halls into the Amazon jungle, to the most impoverished districts of Kolkata, to prisons of war-torn Sierra Leone, and to the evacuation centres of post-tsunami Japan. Most recent performances include four solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, New York, Symphony Hall, Boston, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Sydney Opera House and Tokyo Opera City, at the presence of Empress Michiko of Japan.
In September 2010 Panos founded the charity Keys of Change helping bring music to young people living under extraordinary circumstances around the world. In 2014 he founded the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta in Japan, and in 2019 the Accra Youth Sinfonietta in Ghana and the Chennai Youth Sinfonietta in India.
He has recorded Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 and recently the 24 Chopin Etudes in a live recital at London’s Cadogan Hall.
Panos Karan has visited more than 130 countries, has lived in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Athens, Tokyo and currently resides in London. He speaks seven languages.
“A first class pianist offering one of the finest [Chopin] Εtudes available”
“His passion for the piano not only comes through, but it bursts like a flood breaking a bank.”