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Vassilis Tsabropoulos

Label: MSO
Format: Download Album
Barcode: 0634065335410
Catalog number: MSO 1203
* Live recital recording (Athens, 1997) of Chopin's piano favorites by the distinguished Greek pianist, conductor, and composer, Vassilis Tsabropoulos.
* The recital focuses on waltzes, mazurkas and nocturnes, inclunding the Polonaise Op. 26, No1, and the three delightfull ecossaises.

A collection of Chopin piano works by the distinguished Greek pianist, conductor and composer, Vassilis Tsabropoulos. This live recording, dating back to 1997, presents Vassilis Tsabropoulos in his thirties, interpreting the composer that has become a centre point of his repertoire. The recital focuses on waltzes, mazurkas and nocturnes, including the Polonaise Op. 26, No1, and the three delightful ecossaises. This recording shows the musicality of his technique and an impressive range of colour and beautiful sonority one heard from him in the concert hall.


Vassilis Tsabropoulos, who is considered to be one of the greatest Greek pianists, is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, conductor and composer. Since 2000 he is an artist of ECM Records label and he has toured in Europe several times playing concerts. His unique solo piano releases, “Akroasis”, and “The Promise” are inward-looking albums and “Chants, Hymns and Dances” an international cross-cultural success. As The Times wrote: "Tsabropoulos is one of those rare musicians who is equally at home in both the classical and the jazz worlds".  Vassilis Tsabropoulos once described the making of different kinds of music as an aesthetic imperative, a conviction embodied in his ECM discography.
A prodigy, was winning music competitions from the age of ten, and after graduating from the Athens National Conservatory, continued his studies on an Aristotle Onassis Scholarship at the Paris Conservatory, the Salzburg Academy and the Julliard School. Tsabropoulos was an early achiever, winning the UNICEF competition. His distinctions and awards are too many and many are his collaborations with orchestras in Europe, performing an ever-expanding repertoire in both recitals and concertos. He has taken the stage with Europe's several important orchestras, including among others the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Chamber Orchestrate, Sofia Philharmonic, Italy Radio Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra etc. His repertoire varies from Bach to Beethoven and Chopin to Prokoviev. As a pianist he is highly effective in Russian music, particularly in Rachmaninoff. He has made his first USA tour in October 2004 with a significant critical and popular success. Pick of his career is his performances with London Philharmonia and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy in piano concertos of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Vassilis Tsabropoulos is the Honorary President of the Sergei Rachmaninov Greek Society. He is also the Founder, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Athens, which is under the aegis of the Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece, Ieronymos II.