This classical concert series is presented by Midtown Arts Common in cooperation with Saint Peter's Church. Performances are held in the Sanctuary of Saint Peter’s Church on most Tuesdays at 8:00 P.M. Suggested donation: $20.
About ELENI TRAGANASEleni Traganas is an acclaimed concert pianist, author, visual artist and composer. Her varied award-winning activities have amassed accolades from the international press and are listed in Who’s Who in America and other biographical publications.
Born and raised in New York City, Ms. Traganas entered the legendary School of Performing Arts at the age of 13, and went on to study under scholarship at The Juilliard School. With postgraduate studies undertaken at the Volkwang Musikhochschule in Essen, Germany, and Switzerland’s Lucerne Conservatory, her mentors have included such performing luminaries as Paul Badura-Skoda, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Nadia Reisenberg, Beveridge Webster, and Eugene List.
Her deep affinity for the Romantic repertoire has
led to innumerable appearances in all-Chopin and all-Russian recitals and lectures in Carnegie Recital Hall, a concert which THE NEW YORK TIMES applauded for its “volatile temperament, intensity, and impressive dramatic impetus,” New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall (“An impressively assured performance,” THE FINANCIAL TIIMES), Berlin (“Ethereal clarity…exuberant brilliance,” BERLINER MORGENPOST), Athens, and many of the major music capitals of Europe, where she also performed under the aegis of the U.S. State Department. She has given the first performance in Greece of Scriabin’s Piano Concerto with the Northern State Orchestra, and has appeared with the Chamber Orchestra of Salonika, the Israel Sinfonietta, the Athens State Orchestra, the Municipal Concerts Orchestra, and other ensembles. Recordings include EMI-Athens, WDR West German Broadcasting Co. Cologne, which featured the premiere performance of her original piano transcription of Rachmaninoff’s “Isle of the Dead,” National Radio & Television of Greece, WQXR and many others.
Her compositions have been praised by THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine, and NEW YORK TIMES critic and composer Ernest Lubin called
her first publication, a four-movement Suite for piano written at the age of 12, “a masterly work of absolute individuality”. Twelfth House, her novel, has received high acclaim from the literary press, and as an award-winning fine artist, her works have appeared in over 40 nationally-curated museums and galleries. Throughout her career, Eleni Traganas has been the grateful recipient of generous sponsorship by enthusiastic patrons of the arts.
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