Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Centre in New York hosted an amazing concert by internationally acclaimed Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos last Thursday, November 16.
The event was organized by the Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation (HACF) with the support of the Onassis Foundation USA and was attended by 449 people, including His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Marilena Christodoulou- HACF Board of Directors, Dr Miranda Kofinas, Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos, Deacon Eleftherios Constantine, Fr. John Vlahos and his wife Presvytera Tina, George and Katherine Boulukos and a large number of prominent members of the Greek American community.
Consul General of Greece in New York Konstantinos Koutras was not present at the concert on account of the three-day mourning period following the catastrophic floods in Greece this week that have had a death toll of 19 people so far.
HACF Chairman, Nicholas Kourides welcomed the guests and hailed Vassilis Varvaresos as one of the most talented pianists of his generation, while the pianist was introduced to the audience by HACF Vice Chairman, Robert Shaw who also noted the artist’s numerous accomplishments.
This was the fifth concert held by HACF since 2012 and according to Mr Kourides, these concerts have become a part of the fabric of New York events each year. There was no charge for either the concert or the reception that followed thanks to the support of contributions.
Originally, there were 800 people who had signed up to attend the concert, but their number had to come down to 449, a limitation imposed by the Fire Department for safety reasons.
The pianist, whose roots are traced to Thessaloniki, graduated from the prestigious Julliard College where he got his bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees. He is the laureate of the George Enescu International Competition 2014 in Bucharest as well as the Piano Masters Competition 2015 in Monte Carlo. He has performed in all major stages across the US and in Europe. It is also worth noting that Varvaresos was invited to play piano at the White House for President Barack Obama, after his debut recital at Carnegie Zankel Hall.