ΒIO

Dimitris Anousis
Pianist - composer - arranger - accordionist -
producer of artistic events - piano & theoretics teacher -
artistic director/manager of AN ART ARTISTRY & AN ART ARTISTRY RECORDS

Born in Athens, Greece. He holds degrees of piano accordion (prof. Vassilis Kontogiannis), piano (prof. Nikos Manolikakis & Maria Kanatsouli), music theoretics (harmony, analysis, counterpoint, orchestration, fugue - prof. Nikos Kariotis, Kostas Evangelatos, Kostas Ramos) and two higher diplomas (for piano and composition) from Greece (from the "National" & the "Hellenic" Conservatories, prof. Maria Kanatsouli & Nikos Kariotis), and he has studied piano (perfection studies) in Ferenc Liszt music Academy in Hungary (prof. András Kemenes).
He has participated in master classes for piano by eminent professors and piano soloists such as Dmitri Baskirov, Uwe Matchke, France Clidat, Chantal Stigliani, Ray Luck, András Kemenes, for chamber music by professors such as Sokrates Canas, Istvan Csurgay, and for music theoretics & composition by professors such as Nikos Kariotis, Αntonis Antonopoulos, Kriton Barlas, Fekete Gyula, Theodor Antoniou.
As a composer he has produced more than 40 major works for various instrumental combinations and as an arranger has made hundreds original orchestrations - arrangements inr many musical genres. His works and orchestrations has been played in Greece and abroad by important soloists and ensembles. He also composes and arranges music for radio, television, theater, cinema, advertising etc.
He has participated in national and international composition competitions and was awarded (3rd Prize and money award) in the first "National composition competition for choral music". Some of his important works are "Fantasia & Fugue" for piano, "Lingasarira" for string quartet, "Sonatina" for piano, "Dance of Proitides" for orchestra, "Variations for piano and violin", "Beginning of wisdom..." for a cappella choir on poetry of Kostas Varnalis, "Symphonic Poem" for 2 pianos - 8 hands.
As a pianist, he has participated and won awards in National piano competitions and has given solo recitals in Greece and Hungary, performing in most of the concert halls in Athens, as well as in smaller halls in other cities of Greece in several festivals (Evia, Orestiada, Kozani etc.), presenting works of the solo piano & chamber music literature (Bach, Schumann, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Mahler, Franck, Saint Saens, Bartok, Khachaturian etc.). "...a young aspiring and vigorous artist... which played with great gusto... pianist Dimitris Anousis did a great job at highlighting the underlying orchestral texture ..." from a review of a recital at the newsletter no.111 - June 2013 of "Liszt Society" UK.
He has also presented (Greek premieres) and recorded, original works of composers of the 20th & 21st century, (A. Khachaturian "Sonata for Piano", J. Mitchel "7 colors", G. Arkomanis "Rainy night" & "Confessions"). He has collaborated with many composers musicians, singers, conductors and has created several ensembles such us piano duos, the “Tritono” trio (pno, vln, vch), jazz quartet, lied vocal duos etc.
Since 1998, apart of been classical pianist, he is also working as a cocktail pianist and accompanist - correpetiteur in opera & lieder productions (Cimarosa “Il Matrimonio Segreto”, Mozart “Cosi fan tutte”, Orff “Carmina Burana”, Schubert “Winterreise”, Liszt & Mahler lieder κ.α.). He teaches piano & music theoretics in conservatories, workshops, masterclasses, festivals etc. Since 2011 he is part of juries in piano and composition National Competitions.
He is a keen researcher of the rare piano repertoire of earlier times. In 2016 he published the album - CD “A pianist goes to the Opera” with rare -almost lost- transcriptions of famous operas for solo piano, by pianist-composers of the 19th century (Sydney Smith, Joachim Raff etc.).
As an artistic director - manager (2012 - today) of AN ART ARTISTRY, he has organized over 250 artistic events (concerts, recitals, seminars, conferences, recordings, art exhibitions, books and CD presentations, operas, a national musicological conference etc.), invited artists - teachers from Greece, Bulgaria, Austria, Russia, U.S.A., organized first national and international performances of new musical works, organized - grant concerts for prominent young musicians under the events cycle “AN ART ARTISTRY raising artists”, established monetary donations to public welfare - charitable purposes, organized more than 30 concerts - recitals with free admission, awarded with the “GINA BACHAUER 2014” award, as a cultural entity in Athens, by the “Gina Bachauer International Music Association”, for the quality and originality of his many actions and activities.
Discography:
- “Rainy night” (Play Recording Studio 2013)
- “Confessions” (Tristan Magic Art Productions 2015)
- “At-Tonal” (Α.S.Μ.Α. / AN ART ARTISTRY RECORDS 2016)
- “Frieze of Life” (AN ART ARTISTRY RECORDS 2016)
- “A Pianist goes to the Opera” (AN ART ARTISTRY RECORDS 2016)

Awards

  • “GINA BACHAUER 2014” award, for his work as director/manager of ΑΝ ΑRT ARTISTRY, by the “Gina Bachauer International Music Association”, for the quality and originality of his many actions and activities.
  • Third prize in the 1st national composition competition for choral music for his work "Christmas" (Municipal Conservatory of Katerini, 11/2008).
  • First prize in the 19th National Piano Competition (H.O.N. - category for qualified pianists, 2004).
  • First prize in the 9th National Choir Competition (H.ON 5/1999).
  • Award of outstanding performance and diligence (Vasilis Kontogiannis accordion class, 1993).

Distinctions

  • Honorary diploma of "member Emeritus", for his the support, cooperation and active role as part of juries in piano and composition National competitions of H.O.N. (Young Choir & Orchestra, 2/5/2014).
  • One year scholarship for piano courses (Conservatory Tigkerman, 2004).
  • Honorary Distinction for participation in a concert (Conservatory Mary Kontogianni 1998).
  • One year scholarship for piano - accordion courses (Vasilis Kontogiannis accordion class, 1993).

 References

  • Reference to the book "The art of teacher pianist" by Maria Michalopoulou (editions “Kalitexnimata”), in the section on Greek piano school (pages 103 - 104).
  • Official report - reference on the World Social Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" (Rhodes Forum 2009 - Cultural panel, about my compositions).
Dimitris Anousis