CULTURE

Rising piano star to play Pierce

Up-and-coming piano player Panos Karan is scheduled to interpret works by Frederic Chopin, a repertoire he has studied in great depth, at the American College of Greece (6 Gravias, Aghia Paraskevi) on Friday, April 16, at 8.30 p.m. The soloist’s appearance is part of the Pierce Open House 2010 events being held to celebrate the bicentennial of the celebrated Polish composer’s birth. Proceeds from the upcoming concert will go to charity. An alumnus of Pierce College, Karan studied at the Athens Conservatory under Agathi Lemoni and graduated from the institution with top honors, while 1998 was the year he began studying under Russian professor Sulamita Aronovsky as he furthered his education at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2006, he concluded his postgraduate studies with a scholarship from the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. Karan’s stage debut took place at the age of 19 in London’s Southbank Center, and since then, the young soloist has appeared in several of the world’s leading theaters and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Hermitage Theater in Saint Petersburg and the Athens Concert Hall. The artist is the recipient of various awards and distinctions in local and international competitions. Accompanied by London’s Orion Symphony Orchestra, Karan’s debut album, «Panos Karan Plays Rachmaninov III,» was released in December last year. For more information, visit www.acg.edu/news/chopin-celebrated.