Melbourne pianist, conductor and composer Stefan Cassomenos gives regular solo recitals throughout Australia, and has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe and Asia. He studied with Margarita Krupina, and then with Stephen McIntyre whilst on scholarship at the University of Melbourne.
He has performed internationally since the age of 10, and performed the premiere of his own first piano concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16. More recently, he has performed concerti with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. His London performance in 2007 was reviewed as 'a prodigious London debut by a formidable talent.' (Musical Opinion, April 2007). His recent performance of Beethoven's Sonata Op 110 was acclaimed as 'a model of clarity, depth of expression and irrefutable musical logic.' (West Australian, April 2013). In 2012, he was a finalist in the Rhodes International Piano Competition.
He recently won 2nd prize as well as the best recital prize in the 2013 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, and was a grand finalist and concerto prize winner in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards. He has recently been selected following worldwide auditions as one of 28 participants, and the only Australian, in the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn, to be held in Germany in December.
Stefan is well known for performances of chamber music and art song. In 2009, he was a grand finalist and prize-winner at both the Trieste International Chamber Music Competition and the Melbourne Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition. In 2012 he appears as part of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Chamber Series. Stefan's acclaimed recording of English and Australian art song with tenor Christopher Saunders was named ABC's CD of the week in September 2012.
Stefan's compositions are regularly commissioned and performed throughout Australia, and have received performances by the Symphony Orchestras of Melbourne and Adelaide. He is also active as a conductor, and as an artistic director of various festivals, projects and collaborations. Stefan was recently awarded the 2012 Young Achievement Award by the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is generously supported by Kawai Australia, Creative Universe, and the Youth Music Foundation of Australia.