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Sgouros Dimitris

“Perhaps God kept me alive so that I could hear Sgouros play. He is the best pianist I have ever known, myself included.” This was the verdict of Arthur Rubinstein, two months before his death. Born in Athens in 1969, Dimitris Sgouros made his debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of twelve (!) playing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3. with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, under Rostropovich. After this extraordinary start to his career, this child prodigy received successive invitations from leading symphony orchestras, festivals and conductors, from Karajan to Maazel, Masur to Abbado. With his history as a high-profile child prodigy, Sgouros is today one of the most individualistic of pianists, always approaching pieces with an open mind, eschewing convention. After hugely successful performances of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2. in 2001 and his Paganini Variations in 2003, Sgouros is accepting an invitation from the Budapest Festival Orchestra for the third time.