Dino Mastroyiannis

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 (Romania); Rudolfinum in Prague (Czech Republic); Lisinski in Zagreb (Croatia); Tadeusz Szeligowski Poznań  Philharmonic Hall in Poznań (Poland); Reduta in Bratislava (Slovakia); 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 Rector’s Palace “Atrium” in Dubrovnik, 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.”

Mr. Mastroyiannis first undertook piano study under Ely Adam, who herself 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 legendary virtuoso Brazilian pianist Roberto Szidon, student of Claudio Arrau and Artur Rubinstein.

Dino Mastroyiannis enjoys 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.

Dino enjoys also a very intimate career as a teacher and mentor of young musicians. During 2001-2002 he created and was the inspirer, Artistic Director and main economical supporter of the «Volos International Music Festival». With a 30 years teaching experience as a Piano and Chamber-Music Professor at the Volos’ Conservatory in Greece Dino educated hundreds of students. Many of them won First Prizes in national and international competitions, they already became professional musicians and performed in many prestigious venues worldwide, even at the “Carnegie Hall” in New York. Dino is invited several times as a member of the Jury in international Piano competitions. Also, he was invited to teach in master-classes both in his country and abroad.

Beginning from summer 2011 Dino started working on a new idea: he became the inspirer and Art Director of a new international music festival: the ‘Evmelia’ Festival, which Dino described 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 the Porphyrogenis Foundation (Agria, Greece), Today, ‘Evmelia’ Festival successfully completed its 7th Edition.

Some of the most successful highlights is Dino’s career during the last few years are: his concert at the Bösendorfer Hall in Mozart’s House in Vienna together with the soprano Olivera Tičević and the baritone Georg Lehner, which has been organized by the famous Piano factory Bösendorfer; his performance as a soloist with the State Symphony Orchestra of the Moldova Philharmonic Mozart’s Piano Concerto “Jeunehomme”. Also, he performed a ceremony solo recital for the 125 years of the legendary “Zografyon” 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.