Greek pianist flies in for special Hayfield performance

Maria Stratigou. Photo contributed.
Maria Stratigou. Photo contributed.

A BRILLIANT young pianist is flying in from Greece for a special performance for Hayfield Concert Society.

Maria Sratigou will perform at St Matthew’s Church, Hayfield, on Friday April 20, at 7.30pm.

The programme will include Schubert’s last Piano Sonata D960, the Toccata in D Minor by Prokoviev and Forgotten Melodies by Medtner. There will also be the European Premiere of work by Gianopoulos and the World Premiere of three pieces Errikos Vaios.

Born in Athens, Maria began her piano studies at the age of seven. She studied at the Conservatory of Athens and graduated in June 2007 winning the first prize of the Conservatory.

Maria continued her post-graduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland gaining the PGDiplomas in Performance and in Advanced Accompaniment, both with Distinction, and the MMus in Performance.

She also has a Diploma of Excellence in Byzantine Music and undertook singing lessons with the Greek tenor Stamatis Beris.

Maria has taken part in masterclasses with the likes of Bernard Ringeissen, Yonti Soloman, Steven Osborne and Martino Tirimo, as well performing at venues right across Europe.

She has performed with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Stato ‘Mihail Jora’ di Bacau and Maestro Ovidiu Balan.

Tickets, priced £8 for adults and £6 for concessions (accompanied under-18s free), will be available on the door from 7pm.