GIORGOS KOUMENDAKIS: PIANO WORKS - On GNO TVPublished March 27th 2021, 18:30


Stéfanos Thomopoulos performs the piano work of Giorgos Koumendakis The Caterpillar and the Treble-Bar of L. van B. (1999) as part of the 2020 GNO Alternative Stage Piano Festival, which was dedicated to Beethoven’s piano music. 

Giorgos Koumendakis’ piano works have been unfolding for years, while having at the same time great variety and cohesion. From baroque to avant-garde, from minimalism to impressionism, the composer is inspired by many styles, which he adjusts to his own reflective, metaphysical world, always with a strong element of Greek traditional music and Greek nature. For the pianist, the work on these scores is demanding, but offers access to an inexhaustible kaleidoscope of colours, rhythms and piano techniques. Combining the fluid and the spectacular with the obsessively rhythmical and in some way neoclassical, Koumendakis’ piano works are vividly reminiscent of Ravel’s.

The piano recital was filmed on 24 October 2020 in the GNO Alternative Stage at the SNFCC.