Aged 23, Stavros Dritsas has been recognised as one of the most imaginative and creative pianists of his generation. Described as a ‘special and intellectual artist, who possesses a beautiful, lucid sound’, Stavros’s career spans in having a busy concert schedule, being the Artistic Director of the City of London Soloists, as well as teaching piano at the Blackheath Conservatoire. Through his teaching, he brings together the best elements of the Russian, French and German traditions, combined with his performing experience and solid training in London, Paris, and Athens.
Stavros performs regularly in Greece, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia and Russia, including recitals at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Antwerp’s Palace of the Knights, Teatro Sperimentale di Ancona, Scriabin Museum, Conway Hall, University of Bonn, the Athens Megaron, Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall, and S James’s Piccadilly. A keen chamber musician, his recently formed duo with violinist Paula Gorbanova has appeared in London and abroad, as well as broadcasting for Radio 3 in Latvia, followed by a recital at the Latvian Academy of Music. As a soloist, Stavros has performed concertos with the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Soloists, the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, and the Athens Sinfonietta. In 2020-2021, Stavros will be playing concertos with the Athens Philharmonic, Kazan Chamber Orchestra, as well as with the Toronto Sinfonia in his Canada debut, combined by recitals in Europe, America and Canada. He has been a Talent Unlimited Artist since 2017.
Recent highlights include Stavros being the recipient of the 2019 Young Soloist of the Year by the Gina Bachauer International Music Association, as well as the successful launch of the City of London Soloists, whom he directs from the keyboard. The City of London Soloists, of whom Stavros is the Founder and Artistic Director, is an unconducted chamber orchestra comprised by some of London’s finest young musicians. Having gained a residency at the Conway Hall, the orchestra’s ambitious 2020 plans include collaborations with renowned soloists and composers, as well as touring in Spain and Belgium.
Stavros made his first recording at the age of 16 for the Greek National Radio, with whom he has also recorded works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. He has also recently recorded chamber music works by Schubert for BBC Radio 3 in collaboration with British actor, Martin Jarvis. A keen performer of contemporary music, he performs and commissions works by Ronald Corp, Fotis Koutzagiotis and Stephan Hodel in London and abroad.
Stavros Dritsas was born in Loutraki, Greece in 1996. He began his musical studies at the Music High School in his native Corinth, at the age of twelve, and continued his training at the Hellenic Conservatoire in Athens and the Schola Cantorum in Paris under the guidance of Agathe Leimoni. He currently resides in London and is a postgraduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Lucy Parham, from where he holds a Bachelor in Piano Performance. His studies in London have been generously supported with scholarships by the Guildhall School and the Henry Wood trusts.