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Pianist

Biography

Biography

Perfection itself is imperfection.
Vladimir HorowitzConsidered to be one of the greatest
pianists of the 20th century

Childhood ages in Athens: Contact with the music world

Ioanna was born in September 1989 in Athens, Greece. Given the interest and amateur involvement of both parents in especially Pop-Rock musical genres, Ioanna had a natural affection towards music.

After being inscribed to play the Violin, at the age of 7 years, only coincidental means made her start the piano (temporary) instead at the Arianeio Concervatory, Athens (with R.Georgiou).

Development in Thessaloniki: Conservatorium and Bachelor of Arts (1998-2009)

Shortly after, Ioanna and her family moved to Thessaloniki, the 2nd largest city after Athens and capital of Northern Greece. Since the 70s the city has been popular for the growth and flourishing of many Greek rock and alternative bands.

At that time, Ioanna discovered that classical music specifically is a powerful medium for self-reflection on her mind and emotions. With that but without being able to pin-point yet what it exactly means, she knew that she would become a classical pianist.

In terms of piano classes, she continued her studies in the Conservatory of Northern Greece in Thessaloniki in the class of the gifted Russian teacher E. Guseinova, where she developed the fundamentals and her love for piano playing.

In the age of 11 (in 2001), she had her first competition experience at the Hellenic piano competition 'Filonas' in Athens, closing 'with distinction'. In 2002, she entered the piano class in the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (with the class of L. Vassileiadou and (later) the class of E. Zacharopoulou) and studied chamber music with M.Liakopoulou.

Not much later, and in parallel with her piano studies, she added painting to her passions (aimed at it as a hobby). She took classes with the inspiring painter and person Eleonora Mpampanatsa in the local cultural center (Vafopouleio) where she was taught sketching and the use of water and oil colors.

In 2005, Ioanna joined the Music Science and Arts Department of the University of Macedonia of Thessaloniki (Greece) where she had the opportunity to study with Professor P. Vouvari, K. P. Kalakwna and Charalambos Angelopoulos. There, Aside with developing her classical piano performance, many interesting people and influences at the university made her explore and discover: Her interest for jazz music, experiments with jazz improvisations, and little piano compositions.

Her curiosity led her also to the international competition 'Jugend Musiziert' with flute ensemble where she was awarded with the 1st price in Greece and 1st price in Alexandria (Egypt) and third price in Essen (Germany). This international experience awakened her interest and commitment for further studies abroad.

International Experience and Exploration: Master of Arts and Piano Performances (2010-2015)

Eager to meet the renowned professor and pianist Alan Weiss, she joined the Erasmus program in Leuven (Belgium). Under his mentorship, Ioanna later graduated with the distinction "cum laude" in Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance.

With Professor Weiss, she has been guided and encouraged to explore her own understanding of a piano piece which is a valuable extension to the otherwise base-line approach of following a Maestro's interpretation. In addition, she had the opportunity to explore a wide range of chamber music repertoire in ensembles such as piano duo, with clarinet, Flute, voice and Violin in the class of Professors: Makiko Sakai, Paul Beelaerts, Philip Benoit and Marc Tooten.

Professional Transformation and International Career Development (2015-)

After her studies, she was dedicated to personally meet her audience and to give self-organized piano recitals in different cities of Belgium. She was invited to play at events as piano soloist and piano accompanist. As Ioanna believes in giving lessons to be a valuable and complementary means for artistic self-development, she offered in Leuven (Belgium) private lessons to a wide range of students (age range 6-65).

In 2018, Ioanna moved to Frankfurt (Germany), and is currently growing her local teachers' network and preparing upcoming performances for Belgian and German venues.

Competition: Chamber Music

"Jugend Musiziert" (2009)

  • 1st price in Greece
  • 1st price in Alexandria (Egypt)
  • 3rd price in Essen (Germany)
Rachmaninov Preludes
Op. 3, No. 2 & Op. 32, No. 10

Seminars / Master Classes

Active participation in Seminars / MC with ...

  • Βrandt Fredriksen
  • Daniel Rivera
  • Jun Kanno
  • Ethel Latos
  • Johan Schmidt
  • Geoffrey J. Haydon
  • Miki Itoh
  • Diane Andersen
  • Reima Raijas
  • Frederic Rzewski
  • Haruhi Hata
  • Giorgos Thumis
Rachmaninov Transcriptions Op 21 No 5 (Lilacs) And Op 38 No 3 (Daisies)