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Soloist:  Christos Fountos (piano)

Saturday 2nd April 2022  7.30
Concert Soloist

Christos Fountos – Piano

Christos Fountos was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1997.  He started his musical training at the age of 3 and piano lessons at the age of 5 under Prof. Miroslav Gospodinoff.  At age 15, he was awarded the Piano Diploma (Ptychion) by the National Conservatory of Cyprus with Highest Distinction and two years later he performed Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no.2 in his debut, with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.  At the age of 18, Christos started studying under Philip Fowke at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.  He graduated in 2019 (BMus in Performance) with top marks, the Director’s Award for Excellence in Piano, the Silver Medal, the Nancy Thomas Prize for the highest achieving undergraduate piano student and he was a Gold Medal nominee.  He completed his Master’s degree (MMus in Performance) in 2021, studying with full scholarship under Martino Tirimo and Sergio de Simone at the same institution, where he is currently in the Postgraduate Artist Diploma course.  Christos performs regularly: solo piano repertoire, chamber music, vocal repertoire as accompanist and he has collaborated as soloist with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra, the Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge and the Guildford Symphony Orchestra.  In Spring 2022, Christos is due to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no.3 with the Epsom Symphony Orchestra and the Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.3 with the Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra.  Additionally, he will perform two concerts dedicated to Olivier Messiaen, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the composer’s death, a concert of new music in his native Cyprus and a series of concerts with his Trio, which will be representing Trinity Laban in the 2022 Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition at Wigmore Hall.

He has received three other Trinity Laban Prizes in the past: The Weingarten Prize for piano, the Raymond Russel Prize for harpsichord and twice the Geoffrey Singleton Prize for contemporary piano.  He is currently a Leventis Foundation scholar, a Jaqueline Williams and Trinity College London scholar.  Christos is a Musicians’ Company Silver Medal winner.

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