B i o g r a p h y
The Greek pianist Aris Feslikidis was born in Thessaloniki. At the age of nine he received his first piano lessons at the Modern Conservatory of Thessaloniki with Tania Mourtzou (Russia). After his graduation in Greece he won the only scholarship at the University of California UCLA among 150 candidates and therefore studied in the class of the famous Russian pianist and pedagogue Vitaly Margulis. He continued then his studies at the University of music in Graz with Elza Kolodin and then with Markus Schirmer.
Numerous international master classes enriched him with valuable artistic impulses (Alexander Satz, Dimitri Bashkirov, Rudolf Kehrer, Martino Tirimo, Malcolm Bilsom, Marina Spiridonova). During his studies he was awarded the Martha-Debelli scholarship and the Bösendorfer scholarship. He was a finalist of the J. Brahms International Piano competition in Velden as well as semi finalist at the Grand Prix Maria Callas.
Regular concert tours as a soloist lead Aris Feslikidis to international festivals in Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany such as Styriarte, La Strada, St. Gallen, Festwochen Gmunden, Dimitria, Sani-classic, Baromus. Concert tour with the Orchestra Klassika in Russia and Austria. At the Styriarte 2011 he performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. At the Swiss Festival of Kyburgiade he performed with the renowned Carmina Quartet. During a concert tour in Austria he played with the European Master Orchestra Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto. For the 20th anniversary of the Symphonic Orchestra of Thessaloniki he was invited to perform the 1st Piano Concert of J. Brahms.
As a chamber musician Aris Feslikidis appears successfully with his award-winning Piano Trio Nimaris and with the Hungarian pianist Zoltan Füzesséry. Their Piano Duo ArioZo published its first CD in 2010. In addition he is the pianist of the Tango Quartet Mala Junta with numerous concerts all around Europe.
Since October 2012 Aris Feslikidis is teaching at the University of Musik and Performing Arts in Graz.
Photo by Clemens Nestroy