winning seven prizes at the Concours Olivier
Messiaen piano contemporain (Paris, 2003) and
the Concours International de piano d'Orléans
(Orléans, 2006) Prodromos
has gained worldwide recognition as an outstanding
interpreter of classical music and especially music of
the 20th and 21st century. His piano playing has
elicited enthusiasm and praise from some of the world's
top musicians and critics... "un
(Yvonne Loriod Messiaen),
technique and a superb musical sensitivity"
(Kent Nagano), "his
playing is full of colour, spirit and feeling" (George
Benjamin), "superb pianist" (Fanfare), "geistig
wie manuell eindringliches Spiel",
a stunning mastery"
pianistic sovereignty“ (Piano News).
was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1972. Apart from
music and the piano, which were his constant companions
from early childhood, he also had a great fondness for
mathematics and astronomy, which were later on combined
with a love for the cinema. As a youth, he won many
prizes at national and international contests for
mathematics and was twice, in 1988 and 1989, part of the
Greek team at the International Mathematical Olympiad
(winner of a bronze medal in 1989).
1990, he lives in Germany, where he pursued and
completed his piano studies in Munich and at
the Musikhochschulen of Cologne and Berlin under
Michael Endres, Karin Merle, Arbo Valdma and Georg Sava.
Besides soloistic piano, he studied instrumental
pedagogy and took part in composition seminars under
Krzysztof Meyer and Walter Zimmermann. Fruitful for his
pianistic development have also been guidances in Paris
and Vienna by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen,
piano competition successes of 2003 and 2006 have led to
an extensive international career. He appeared in
numerous festivals and major halls throughout
including the Konzerthaus
Berlin, Philharmonie Berlin, Philharmonie Essen, Residenz
Munich, Sendesaal Bremen, Tonhalle
Düsseldorf, Opéra National de Paris, Arsenal de Metz, Seoul
Arts Center and Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.
recorded works by Beethoven, Hindemith, Ravel,
Prokofiev, Messiaen and many contemporary composers for
the German radios SWR, BR and Radio Bremen and for
He has further recorded nine CDs for the German labels
Telos Music and NEOS Music, which were highly praised by
the international press like FAZ, Fanfare, Pizzicato,
Piano News, ResMusica and ConcertoNet.
his activities as an interpreter, Prodromos Symeonidis
has been a teacher, ensemble director and composer.
During the last two decades he has
been invited to give masterclasses, workshops and
lectures in numerous institutions and Universities in
Europe (Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin,
Hochschule für Musik Hannover, Contemporary Music Centre
“Acanthes”, École Normale de Musique de Paris,
Conservatoire Royal de Liège, in USA (University of
Virginia, University of Miami) and in Asia (Soongsil
University Seoul, Music Conservatories of Xi'an,
Shanghai, Guangzhou and Guiyang).
2008 he co-founded
the internationally active ensemble Berlin
PianoPercussion, of which he was from 2008 till 2020 the
artistic director. Up to now the
has received sponsorships by many notable sponsors,
among them the Deutscher
Musikrat, the Ernst
Siemens Music Foundation, the City of Berlin, the
Goethe-Institut and the DAAD. It has commissioned and
premiered over fifty new works for pianos and percussion by
renowned composers like Hugues Dufourt, Tristan Murail and
Georg Katzer. 2021 Prodromos Symeonidis received himself a
scholarship by the City of Berlin for the composition of a
2019 he has a teaching position at the Academy of Music
Berlin, division of the Kalaidos University Zurich.
2022 he was part of the Jury in the funding program of
the City of Berlin for contemporary music ensembles.
2022 Prodromos Symeonidis
Yvonne Loriod Messiaen
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France