last updated: December 31, 2006
Dino Mastroyiannis, the eminent Greek pianist, holds a prestigious position among the most distinguished contemporary classical concert pianists. He is regarded as "one of the most famous music names, which represent Greek music in the world" (comment from his concert's program as a soloist with the United Symphony Orchestra in Skopje, under the auspices of the United Nations). Dino has performed in such prestigious concert halls like the Bridgewater-Hall (Manchester, UK), "Glinka" Hall of the St.-Petersburg Philharmonic (St.-Petersburg, Russia) "Ateneul Roman" in Bucharest, “Rudolfinum” in Prague and Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Athens, to the frames of "Hellenic Festival") to name a few.
He took his first lessons in music in Volos, as a pupil of Ely Adam (who had studied with a student of the legendary Alfred Cortot) and with his father, the choral-conductor Vlassis Mastroyiannis. Dino graduated from the Conservatory of Athens, where he studied with Alice Vatikioti (a student of Friedrich Wuehrer). He earned his Soloist Diploma with the highest grade: « Excellent unanimously and the First Prize». He holds degrees in theory from the Conservatory of Piraeus, and he is also a graduate of the Music Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
He has studied and attended numerous master-classes for Piano and chamber-music in Austria (International Summer Academy of the "Mozarteum" University Salzburg), in Germany (Hanover Music Academy), in Switzerland (Sion Music Academy) and in Greece with the international famous Bulgarian couple Konstantin & Julia Ganevi and with Vassily Lobanov (students of Heinrich Neuhaus), and especially with one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, the Brazilian Roberto Szidon (student of Claudio Arrau and Artur Rubinstein).
Dino Mastroyiannis has collaborated as a soloist with leading professional symphony and chamber orchestras, such as:
always receiving enthusiastic reviews from the press and also from famous pianists and musicologists of international reputation, such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Roberto Szidon, Konstantin Ganev, George Hadjinikos etc.
He is regarded as one of the most representative performers of Greek music. His interpretation in Mikis Theodorakis' Piano Concerto as a soloist with many orchestras has been incomparable. He also performed the "Sinfonietta" for Flute, Piano and String Orchestra as a soloist with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow State Chamber Orchestra "The Seasons" with tremendous success.
Maestro Mikis Theodorakis,the most famous living Greek composer internationally, has expressed his enthusiasm for Mr. Mastroyiannis' performances:
“Your new interpretation of my Piano Concerto, totally justifies my first impression of your magnificent and inspired approach to my work" (25.7.2003)
"I was deeply touched, because you are young and Greek, and I must say that your Greek spirit of performing was obvious in your playing, not only in the rhythmic passages but especially in your expressiveness of the melodies” (17.12.2001)
On March 3rd 2005 he gave a breathtaking world-premiere performance of Mikis Theodorakis' lost Piano Concerto "Helikon" (string-orchestra version) at the "Mertti Talvela" Hall in Finland with the Mikkeli City Orchestra conducted by Dominique Fanal. He recently performed this Concerto (21.09.2005) in Russia at the "Big Concert Hall of the Republic of Tatarstan named after Salikh Saidashov" as a soloist with the Kazan State Orchestra "La Primavera" under Roustem Abiazov with tremendous success.
On October 8th 2005 he performed the world-premiere of "Helikon" (large symphony orchestra version) at the attendance of the composer himself during a special concert dedicated to the 80th birthday of the legendary Mikis Theodorakis at the Ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Athens) to the frames of the prestigious "Hellenic Festival".
Dino Mastroyiannis has performed in many festivals, such as the International Festival Kiev Summer Music Evenings in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Ukraine), the International Festival Euro-Silesia under the Direction of Kurt Masur (Poland), the Hellenic Festival (Athens, Greece), the 8th and 9th International Music Festival "Ameropa" (Prague, Czech Republic), the Settimana Organistica Internazionale-Chamber Music Festival in Piacenza (Italy), the International Music Festival Skopje Summer (FYROM), the International Music Festival "Thracia Summer"(Bulgaria), International Festival "Craiova Musicala" (Romania), the Kezmarok Spring Chamber-Music Festival (Slovakia) and the 4th International Chamber Music Festival of Prishtina (Kosovo).
He has performed a triumphant solo recital at the famous building Ateneul Roman in Bucharest, where almost all the greatest artists of the 20th century appeared. The George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest organized this recital. His career includes also solo and chamber music performances at such prestigious halls as Rudolfinum, Lichtenstein Palace in Prague and more, as well as in historic places like the Villa Bertramka (the world-famous Mozart's Museum) as soloist with the Kocian Quartet.
He has also performed chamber-music works of Dvorak, in a special concert at the Smetana Museum in Prague, organized by the "Ameropa" Festival and Chamber-Music Course. The concert was dedicated to Dvorak's 160 borning anniversary and was accomplished at the attendance of his grandson, Antonin Dvorak.
He has recorded many times for the Greek Broadcasting (ERA) as well as for the Bulgarian National Radio, and performed for the Greek State Television (ET3), RAI (Italy), Croatian Radio-Television, the Ukrainian and the SITEL Television Skopje.
Dino Mastroyiannis has a very large teaching experience and until now, he has participated as member of jury in several Piano Competitions. He has given master-classes with great success at the 8th and 9th International Chamber-Course and Festival "Ameropa" in Prague (2001-2002). His students have won many first and second Prizes in Piano Competitions in Greece and abroad. Some of these students, after graduating from his class at Volos Conservatory with Diplomas and distinctions were directly accepted to continue their studies on scholarships at international famous schools, like the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy of Budapest (Hungary), the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of Kansas (USA), the Glenn Gould Professional School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the University of Toronto (Canada), the Indiana University and the Manhattan School of Music (USA).
Dino Mastroyiannis is the Artistic Director of the Volos International Music Festival, one of the greatest classical music events in Greece.
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"He belongs to the group of eminent young Greek pianists."
“Your new interpretation of my Piano Concerto, totally justifies my first impression of your magnificent and inspired approach to my work".