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Konstantinos Destounis (b.1991 in Athens) is regarded as one of the most prominent Greek artists of his generation. He is a prizewinner in many international piano competitions, most notably ‘Grand Prix Maria Callas’ in Athens, ‘Southern Highlands’ in Canberra, ‘Giorgos Thimis’ in Thessaloniki and the Bremen European Piano Competition. As the winner of Greece’s national competition, he represented his country at ‘Eurovision Young Musicians’ in Vienna. His numerous awards also include the ‘Gina Bachauer’ Piano Prize of the Spanish association ‘World in Harmony’, the UNESCO Gold Medal and the ‘Mykoniou’ Prize of the Academy of Athens (Order of Letters and Fine Arts).

His performing career has led him to prestigious venues across Europe and Australia, such as Royal Albert Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London, Opera ‘La Fenice’ in Venice, Llewellyn Hall in Canberra, Glocke Saal in Bremen, Athens Megaron, Thessaloniki Megaron. As a soloist he has performed with the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Greek Radio National Orchestra, UK Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Murcia Symphony Orchestra and many more.

He is a doctoral candidate of the Royal College of Music in London, supported by an Eleanor and Gary Brass Award. His research focuses on the piano works by the renowned Greek composer, Theodore Antoniou, with whom he has a close collaboration. His world première recording of Antoniou’s complete piano works will be released in March by Naxos’ series ‘Grand Piano’.

Konstantinos Destounis studied with Agathe Leimoni at the Hellenic Conservatory in Athens and with Igor Petrin at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. He continued his training at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Prof. R. Plagge), the Schola Cantorum in Paris (Prof. L. Boyadjieva), the Academia Delle Vigne in Coimbra (Prof. A. Delle Vigne) and the Royal College of Music in London (Prof. D. Alexeev, I. Jones, A. Zolinsky). He has been a scholar of the Onassis Foundation, Pro Musica, Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe and Thessaloniki Friends of Music Society.