Steinway artist Ioannis Potamouse does what he does best.
Mohammad Yusuf, Feature Writer
Ioannis Potamoussis described as a “New Colossus of the Keys”, is internationally acclaimed as a charismatic and passionate performer. He was recently named a “Steinway artist”.
“Ioannis Potamoussis impressed the audience with his powerful and charming interpretation as well as his ability to create a dialogue with the orchestra”, wrote the Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger about his interpretation of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto.
“Great shine…unique atmosphere,” said the Cincinnati Post. Music instructor and producer at New York University Abu Dhabi, Thaddeus Stegall, commented: “A Potamoousis recital will teach you something new and inspire you, in the words of John Sexton, to play another octave on the piano. . The Steinway Artist title is awarded only to the finest pianists of their time and is a program run by Steinway’s Concert and Artist Department. The list includes the names of over 2,000 of the most illustrious pianists of all time.
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Potamoousis is known for his captivating artistry and introspective, poetic expression. His performances have taken him to major international venues in Europe and the Middle East as well as across North America. He performed at the Athens Concert Hall and, during his Middle East tour, in most of the major concert halls in Palestine.
He has also performed at all major venues in the UAE, such as Dubai Opera, National Theatre, New York University Center for the Arts, and American University of Sharjah, among others. The appearance in Dubai included a collaboration with the Dubai Youth Symphony Orchestra and in Abu Dhabi, with the NSO Orchestra.
Potamoussis is also the co-founder of “Pollen-spreading the seeds of music” and organized on behalf of the NSO Symphony Orchestra in Abu Dhabi, concerto competitions for young musicians in the UAE. In New York he has performed in the Trinity Church Concert Series, the Mannes Festival, and at Steinway Hall, the Harvard Club, and the Metropolitan Club.
He has performed concertos with the New Amsterdam Symphony in New York, the Collegium Musicum in Cologne, the Summit (New Jersey) Symphony, the Athens State Orchestra, the New Jersey City Symphony Orchestra and the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. He is a laureate of several international piano competitions, including the Cincinnati World Piano Competition (Silver Medal), the Santa Fe International Piano Competition, New Mexico (First Prize) and the Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis.
He is a graduate of Musikhochschule Cologne, Mannes College of Music in New York, and Rutgers University, where he earned a doctorate in musical arts. Recently, he successfully completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham. Currently, he is responsible for keyboard studies at Brighton College Abu Dhabi and the piano faculty at New York University Abu Dhabi.
He says he knew from the age of 13 that he wanted to become a concert pianist. He was born in Athens into a poor family that could not afford to buy a piano. When he was nine, his grandfather bought him a three-octave keyboard, and he found a book and learned to play.
Thanks to international scholarships and awards, Potamoousis was able to study at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany, where he achieved “outstanding” grades in his advanced master’s degree.
At 26, he entered the Mannes College of Music in New York, where he won first prize at the Santa Fe International Piano Competition, New Mexico, and the silver medal at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Jersey, which allowed him to teach and perform.
Steinway & Sons, also known as Steinway, is a German-American piano company, founded in 1853 in Manhattan by German piano maker Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later known as Henry E. Steinway). He is known for making high quality pianos and for his inventions in the field of piano development.
Steinway was granted numerous patents in the manufacture of pianos, including the first in 1857. The company’s market share in the market for high-end grand pianos regularly exceeds 80%. In addition to the flagship line of Steinway pianos, Steinway markets two other brands of low-cost pianos sold under the secondary brands, Boston and Essex.