Greek concert pianist and conductor, Charis Dimaras: recitals, chamber music collaborations (with such artists as the St. Petersburg String Quartet and sopranos Carole Neblett and Marlis Petersen, among others), and orchestra soloist in world’s leading venues (NYC’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and London’s South Bank Center) and festivals throughout Europe, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, China, Canada and the USA. Recipient of numerous awards and prizes (among them, an Onassis Beneficiary Foundation Scholarship and an International Richard-Wagner-Foundation Scholarship). Featured on NY’s WQXR, on several Dutch, Italian, and Greek radio stations and on Greek national TV and recorded solo and chamber works by Bartók, Beethoven, Franck, Libby Larsen, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky. Released piano-solo CD of contemporary Greek composers Mitropoulos and Sicilianos in 2010 and is currently planning two further CDs: a solo disc of the complete transcriptions of Verdi/Liszt operas and a collection of contemporary American song cycles with soprano, Deborah Lifton. Degrees in piano performance from London’s Royal College of Music and New York’s Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, and in orchestral conducting from Bard College. Advanced German Literature studies at the Athens University.
Currently, Professor of Piano and Collaborative Studies and Keyboard Area Coordinator at Ithaca College. Solo piano and chamber music masterclasses around the world. Music Director and Head Vocal Coach for CAA’s Summer Vocal Institute at CT’s Music Mountain, New York’s Opera Singers Initiative (OSI) Summer Program, the IPAI Summer Vocal Program in Germany, the University of Miami Summer Vocal Program in Salzburg/Austria and the Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute in South Dakota. Artistic Director of an international summer music festival in Sparti/Greece and of the Renaissance Academy Chamber Music Concerts in Naples/FL. In demand as conductor on both sides of the Atlantic from such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Greek National Opera.