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Ioannis Potamousis described by the Pasatiempo as “New Colossus of the keys” is internationally acclaimed as a charismatic and passionate performer, known for his captivating artistry and introspective, poetic expression.
“…Ioannis Potamousis impressed the audience with his powerful and charming performance as well as his ability to create a dialogue with the orchestra,” wrote the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger of his performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto. “Great brilliance…unique atmosphere,” said the Cincinnati Post. The Gulf News wrote: “…It was worth just to listen to Potamousis play the Liszt’s Spanish Rhapsody. As we watched the pianist lose himself, we too became mesmerized by the music which took our breath away….”, “…anyone should watch Potamousis in action- he is thunderous one moment, comedic the next, then delicate as air Potamousis’ performances have taken him to important international venues in Europe and the Middle East as well as across North America. He has played at the Athens Concert Hall, the international summer festival and, on his Middle Eastern tour, to most major concert halls in Palestine. Ioannis has performed in all major in all major venues in the United Arab Emirates such as Dubai Opera, The National Theatre, NYU Arts Center, American University in Sharjah among others. The Dubai appearance included collaboration with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Dubai and in Abu Dhabi with the NSO Orchestra.In New York, he has played in the Trinity Church Concert Series, the Mannes festival and at Steinway Hall, the Harvard Club and the Metropolitan Club. He hasperformed concertos with New York’s New Amsterdam Symphony, the CollegiumMusicum of Cologne, the Summit (New Jersey) Symphony, the Athens StateOrchestra, the New Jersey City Symphony Orchestra and the Rutgers SymphonyOrchestra. Ioannis Potamousis recently has been nominated as a “Steinway Artist”. He is a prizewinner of several international piano contests, including the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati (Silver Medal), the International Piano Competition in Santa Fe, New Mexico (First prize) as well as the Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis. He holds degrees from Musikhochschule Cologne, New York’s Mannes College of Music and Rutgers University, where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts. Currently, he is the Head of Keyboard Studies at Brighton College Abu Dhabi and Piano Faculty at New York University in Abu Dhabi. Ioannis is also the co-founder of “Pollen-spreading the seeds of music” and has organized on behalf with NSO Symphony Orchestra in Abu Dhabi concerto competitions for young musicians in the UAE.
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