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Dimitri Papadimitriou pianist administrator bio
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Pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou has distinguished himself as an artist of refined musicianship and versatile talent. A passionate advocate of chamber music, Dimitri has shared the stage with leading industry figures such as Augustin Hadelich, James Ehnes and Alexi Kenney, as well as principal musicians from major European and U.S. orchestras, including Noah Bendix-Balgley (Berlin Philharmonic), Alex Kerr (Dallas Symphony) and Andrés Cárdenes (Pittsburgh Symphony).

 

Dimitri is currently an Associate Teaching Professor at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in Pittsburgh, and this year he will assume a new role as Director of Performance. Defying the traditional mold of a classically trained pianist, Dimitri recently earned an MBA from Tepper School of Business with the sole intention of making a difference in the arts. A competent administrator, he serves as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Carnegie Mellon Chamber Series that aims to bring together distinguished artists, members of the CMU faculty and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians. Under his leadership the series has garnered a large following with its diverse programming choices and high artistic standards, and remains in great demand after nine seasons. Dimitri also spent some time studying conducting in order to deepen his musical understanding and transform into a well-rounded ambassador of the art form. That brief exposure to conducting led to fully staged performances of Magic Flute, Cendrillon and L' enfant et les sortileges, with Ravel's masterpiece ending up being one of the most challenging but also artistically memorable experiences in his career. 

 

Before moving to the U.S., Dimitri was residing in Ireland enjoying a flourishing career with engagements in some of the country's most prestigious venues and festivals, while completing his Doctorate in Music Performance. His dissertation focused on Beethoven's choice of keys, delving deeply into the composer's archetypal motivations behind his decisions.

 

A native of Greece, Dimitri has won prizes in international chamber music competitions, and has performed Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini with the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra and Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with the Athens State Orchestra. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and he has participated in a plethora of festivals throughout Europe and the U.S.

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