Alexandros Kapelis has appeared in recital and as soloist in England, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Malta, Greece, Cyprus and the Middle East, as well as the United States, Mexico, and South America. He has been described by the press as “a virtuoso of the keyboard without any concession to the public nor to decadent sentimentality” (Diari de Balears, Spain), “an artist of unexpected artistic maturity” (Estia, Greece), and “possessing an undeniable temperamental vein” (El Porvenir, Mexico). Recognized early in his career by the International Press Service (IPS) as “one of the most promising young classical musicians of any nationality working in New York today,” he has gone on to perform in prominent venues that include Lincoln Center and the United Nations in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, the Chicago Cultural Center, Cadogan Hall and Stationer’s Hall in London, the Salle Cortot and UNESCO in Paris, the Musei Capitolini in Rome, and the Athens Megaron.
As soloist, Mr. Kapelis has appeared with leading orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Italica, as well as the foremost orchestras in his native Greece. In addition, he has performed concertos and chamber music with ensembles of musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. His rapport with a chamber group of musicians from the New York Philharmonic lasted eight years, taking him from New York’s Lincoln Center to several tours in Europe. Active also as a recitalist, his solo repertoire encompasses all periods and often combines the standard repertoire with more obscure works. Most recently, he has premiered an unprecedented program surveying Greek myth as a source of inspiration in the solo piano repertoire; under the auspices of the Greek government, Kapelis is presenting this program on a world tour.
Born of a Greek father and Peruvian mother, Alexandros Kapelis grew up with the advantages of a dual heritage and spent time in both countries during his formative years. He began playing the piano at the age of five and has studied with prominent musicians, including Dimitri Toufexis at the American College of Greece, Diane Walsh and Julius Levine at the Mannes College of Music in New York, and Noretta Conci in London. He studied orchestral conducting and attended the masterclasses with Bruno Aprea at the Accademia Internazionale delle Arti in Rome, and with Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Chigiana, in Siena. He conducted Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare at the Ernen Festival in Switzerland and has gone on to conduct Bach and Mozart piano concertos from the keyboard. Recent past highlights include the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto in a series of performances in Paris and its sorroundings. He was also invited by Martha Argerich to perform in recital and in chamber music at the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano last summer. Alexandros Kapelis resides in New York City and Brussels; he is a Steinway Artist.