Greek concert pianist and conductor Charis Dimaras regularly performs in solo recitals, chamber music settings (with such artists as the St. Petersburg String Quartet and sopranos Carole Neblett and Marlis Petersen, among others), and as orchestra soloist in the world’s leading venues (Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and London’s South Bank Center). He has been seen and heard at festivals throughout Europe, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, China, Canada and the United States. He is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including an Onassis Beneficiary Foundation scholarship and an International Richard Wagner Foundation scholarship, and has been featured on NY’s WQXR, on several Dutch, Italian, and Greek radio stations, and on Greek national television.
Dimaras has recorded solo and chamber works by Bartók, Beethoven, Franck, Libby Larsen, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky. He has released a solo piano CD of contemporary Greek composers Mitroupoulos and Sicilianos in 2010 and is currently planning two further CDs: a solo disc of the complete Liszt/Wagner operatic transcriptions, as well as a collection of contemporary American song cycles with soprano Deborah Lifton.
He has served as Music Director and Head Vocal Coach for CAA’s Summer Vocal Institute at Connecticut’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. Furthermore, he has been the Artistic Director of an international summer music festival in Sparti, Greece, and of the Renaissance Academy Chamber Music Concerts in Naples, FL.
Dr. Dimaras hold 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. He is currently Professor of Piano and Collaborative Studies at Ithaca College, and has taught solo piano and chamber music masterclasses around the world. In demand as a conductor on both sides of the Atlantic, Dimaras has led such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Greek National Opera.