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The Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra will perform for the first time at the Athens Concert Hall, with two acclaimed and award winning piano soloists, Khatia Buniatishvili and George-Emmanuel Lazaridis. The performance of these two piano virtuosos is considered a major musical event in the world of classical music, while the works that will be presented are extremely appealing to the general public.

The Orchestra

The Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra has been active for 80 years and has had a continuous artistic career with classical music performances from romantic to contemporary compositions, while its collaborations have been with the world’s greatest conductors. This exceptional event at the Athens Concert Hall is particularly satisfying for classical music connoisseurs globally.

Khatia Buniatishvili

Superstar pianist Buniatishvili enchants her audiences with effortless performances, characteristic ease and beautiful appearance. With her mother as a teacher, Buniatishvili began playing the piano when she was 3 years old, and gave her first piano recital - alongside with her sister who is also a talented pianist – at just 6 years of age. By the age of 10, Buniatishvili had already performed in Europe and the USA. Born in Georgia, she graduated from the Tbilisi Central Music School; in 2006 she completed her piano studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna with Oleg Maizenberg as her professor. Buniatishvili made her debut as a professional in 2008 at Carnegie Hall, and has literally performed all over the world. She has an exclusive cooperation with SONY Classical and has received some of the world’s most prestigious classical music awards. Buniatishvili speaks 5 languages fluently including Georgian, French, German, English, and Russian.

George-Emmanuel Lazaridis

Born in Thessaloniki in 1978, pianist and composer George-Emmanuel Lazaridis studied piano on scholarship from the Onassis, Leventi, Hattori and Queen Elizabeth II foundations. During the 25 years of his professional career, Lazaridis has performed at music centers all over the world including Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Wiener Musikverein, as well as dozens of international festivals, accompanied by top philharmonic orchestras and exceptional conductors. Lazaridis has delivered countless seminars at renowned music universities, while – according to the most prestigious music magazines – his recordings are considered among the best of all time. His compositional work includes choral, dance and theatrical music, and he has been the Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki Concert Hall since 2010.

The two pianists will perform Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, Berlioz, Ravel, and Frank on March 7th and 8th.

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