Sgouros, Dimitris

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Sgouros, Dimitris

Sgouros, Dimitris , gifted Greek pianist; b. Athens, Aug. 30, 1969. He enrolled in the Athens Cons., where he found a mentor in Maria Herogiorgiou-Sigara, and later took lessons with Stewart Gordon in Baltimore and Guy Johnson at the Royal Academy of Music in London; subsequently pursued training in mathematics at the Univ. of Athens. He won the UNICEF Competition in 1980. His musical prowess was evident in his youth: he was only 7 when he made his public debut in Piraeus, and at the age of 12 he appeared as soloist in the Rachmaninoff third Piano Concerto with Rostropovich and the National Sym. Orch. at Carnegie Hall in N.Y. He made his London debut at 13, and subsequently performed as a soloist with many major orchs. and as a recitalist.

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