Royal Festival Hall

Dimitris Sgouros made his British solo recital debut on the 29th November 1983 at the Royal Festival Hall, with the following programme: Scarlatti Sonata in F, Chopin Ballade No 1 in G minor, Chopin Ballade No 4 in F minor, Liszt Mephisto Waltz, Brahms Variations on a theme of Paganini Op. 35, Balakirev Islamey.

The Times (of London)
Saturday 19th November 1983


The Times (of London)

Thursday 1st December 1983


Review of Dimitris Sgouros' British solo recital debut from The Times (of London), Thursday 1st December 1983

Dimitris Sgouros
Festival Hall

On Tuesday night the 14-year-old Greek piano professor Dimitris Sgouros, with 35 piano concertos at his fingertips, gave his United Kingdom recital debut and half an hour's worth of encores to a packed Festival Hall.

His choice of Liszt's "Mephisto Waltz" was significant. Sgouros as pianist, just like Liszt as composer, is a deceptive virtuoso: the light of his technical mastery is blinding, his inventive energy self-regenerating to the point, almost, of self-intoxication. Yet that is not all. There is, driving the nerve and the muscle, a daemon that dares, a Faustian voraciousness for not only accomplishment but discovery, that bears up and substantiates his virtuosity.

For the moment though, the dominance of this spirit, a rare and rather startling quality in itself, means that one tends to learn rather more about Sgouros than about the composer in hand. Except, that is, when the two suddenly fuse, and then the sparks fly. This happened in the Liszt, and it happened most remarkably in the Brahms Paganini Variations, the most gripping performance I have ever heard.

Hilary Finch




Original programme book

London Philharmonic Orchestra 50th Anniversary Season - British debut of Dimitris Sgouros in the Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovich

Patron: His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent



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With the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in an historic double-billing with Emil Gilels

Patron: Her Majesty The Queen

 July 1984   From left to right:
John Pattrick, Vice President of Angel Records L.A.; Erick Friedman ; Jean-Philippe Collard ; Dimitris Sgouros ;
Dr. Mark P. Malkovich, III, Director Newport Festival, Rhode Island ; Anthony Caronia, Angel Records New York
[special thanks to Mark Malkovich IV for this photograph, drawn from the personal collection of Dr Mark P. Malkovich III]

Gramophone (January 1984)


Sgouros concerts in Oxford University (where he pursued studies in post-graduate mathematics)

"This was a Mozartian reading: relaxed, urbane and conversational"


Graduation from Oxford University




Sgouros with Rostropovich and Cecile Ousset at the Harrogate International Festival - "International Celebrity Concerts"


Accompanying Yo-Yo Ma in London, in the presence of mutual friend Tony Shalit, a great patron and connoisseur of the arts


Taking a break during the filming of "Dimitris at 14"

From left to right: John Fraser (EMI producer) ; Anthony Shalit ; a member of film crew ; François Reichenbach (Oscar-winning director) presiding at head of table



Dimitris Sgouros performs Beethoven 3rd Piano Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (April 2009)

Routine programme, exceptional results

"The BBC Orchestra's precision is ideally matched with pianist Dimitris Sgouros' skilful delivery"

A review by Keith Moore (Columbia University)

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"In his Lisztian encore Sgouros was able to shine in a rhapsodic composition of enormous technical challenge. The work was designed to astonish and Sgouros did just that, easily transforming difficult finger work into aural opulence."


BBC Radio 3 broadcast (February 2011) - Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto with the BBC Symphony under Jiri Belohlavek


 In homage of the 200th anniversary of Franz Liszt in 2011, EMI/Warner Classics proudly announces a new double-CD set entitled "Essential Liszt" with landmark recordings by Dimitris Sgouros and other featured Liszt exponents of the modern era


"Essential Liszt" - the much-anticipated new EMI/Warner Classics album (worldwide release July 2011)



Dimitris Sgouros featured in Gramophone Magazine (June 2012)

The Insider's Guide
Gramophone selects June's unmissable musical events
Top picks - Dimitris Sgouros, Pinchas Zukerman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Maria Joao Pires, New York Philharmonic



 The Athens State Orchestra performs works by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Stravinsky with piano soloist Dimitris Sgouros under conductor Vassilis Christopoulos 



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