Cyprien Katsaris

The French-Cypriot pianist and composer Cyprien Katsaris was born in Marseille in 1951. At the age of four he began to play the piano in Cameroon where he spent his childhood. A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied piano, he won the International Young Interpreters Rostrum-UNESCO (Bratislava 1977), the First Prize in the International Competition Georges Cziffra (Versailles 1974) and was the only Western-European prize-winner at the 1972 Queen Elizabeth of Belgium International Competition.

His major international career includes performances with the world’s greatest orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Philharmonia (London), NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo), Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, or the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Neville Marriner, Myung Whun Chung, Christoph von Dohnányi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sandor Végh, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Iván Fischer,  Antal Doráti, Mstislav Rostropovich, or Charles Dutoit.

Mr. Katsaris has recorded extensively. His recordings have been awarded with many international prizes. In 1992, the Japanese NHK TV produced with Cyprien Katsaris a thirteen-program series on Frédéric Chopin which included masterclasses and his own performance.

He has been a member of the jury of renowned international competitions and was appointed Artistic Director of the Echternach International Festival (Luxembourg) from 1977 to 2007.

Cyprien Katsaris is ‘Artist of UNESCO for Peace‘ (1997), ‘Commandeur de l’Ordre de Mérite du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg‘ (2009) and ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters‘ (France 2000). He also received the ‘Médaille Vermeil de la Ville de Paris‘ (2001) and the ‘Nemitsas Prize‘ (Cyprus, 2011). He is a member of ADAP, the Association of Artists for Peace, and Honorary President of ‘Lisztomanias International‘.

Cyprien Katsaris beim Beethovenfest