This Greek pianist is captivating in Iannis Xenakis’ Herma. -Olivier Bellamy, Le Monde de la Musique
He is really a “medium” that hears the music interiorly, and delivers it with passion. -Michèle Fizaine
Stephanos Thomopoulos is a pianist acknowledged for the originality of his repertoire, chosen
on the basis of profound meditation on music and other art forms.
Considering music to be a territory without stylistic or historical borders, he performs works
ranging from canonical composers, who have fascinated him since childhood, including
Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel and Rachmaninov, to contemporary ones, such as Iannis
Xenakis, Thomas Adès, Philip Glass, Georges Koumendakis and Gérard Pesson.
After studying in National Conservatory of Thessalonica in Greece and the
Musikhochschule of Cologne in Germany, in the class of Arbo Valdma, Stephanos
Thomopoulos worked with Jacques Rouvier and Marie Françoise Bucquet in the
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, obtaining the Diplôme de
Formation Supérieure with the highest grade in 2001.
He worked thereafter with Hakon Austbo in the Conservatorium of Amsterdam,
where he obtained a Masters in performance in 2005. He has also been tutored by
eminent artists, such as Aldo Ciccolini, Dimitri Bashkirov, John O’Conor, as well as
He is a laureate of international competitions (Holland Music Sessions, Maria
Canals, Hellexpo, Jugend Musiziert) and distinguished by the Blüthner Foundation,
the Yamaha Music Foundation, the Kempff Foundation and the Tokyo Foundation.
Stephanos Thomopoulos has been playing in numerous countries in Europe, the
United States, Brazil, Japan, Turkey, Egypt, Ukraine and in venues, including the
Athens Music Megaron, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the ancient theatre of
Epidaurus, the Cecilia Mireiles Hall in Rio de Janeiro, the Alti Hall in Kyoto, the Salle
Gaveau and the Cité de la Musique in Paris.
He is regularly invited to play with all major Greek orchestras, as well as the national
orchestras of Belgrade, Odessa, Cyprus, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and
the Cairo Opera House Orchestra.
He has played in international festivals, such as the Printemps des arts de Monaco,
New Masters on tour series in Amsterdam, Piano à Auxerres, the Hellenic Festival,
Les Dominicains de Haute Alsace, the Dimitria Festival in Salonica, the Georges
Bizet Festival in Bougival, Santander Music Encounters etc.
Among his favourite chamber music partners are the Arditti Quartet and Patrice
His taste for experimental projects and his curiosity for different forms of artistic
expression have brought him to contribute musically to Heinrich von Kleist’s La
Marquise d’Ô, directed by Lukas Hemleb and produced by the Théâtre Gérard
Philippe and the Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, or to create with Tal Isaac Hadad
the performance «Le piano et le salon de musique», in the FIAC of October 2011. In
February 2010, he also participated in the adaptation by Hervé Lacombe of the
Arlesienne into a theatrical tale in the Musée d’Orsay.
He has recorded works of Alexander Scriabin for the Mécénat Musical de la Société
Générale, and works of Manos Hadjidakis for the Italian foundation CIMA. His last
CD, recorded in 2011 thanks to the Meyer Foundation, includes the whole oeuvre of
Iannis Xenakis for solo piano, as well as Synaphaï, Xenakis’ legendary first piano
concerto. The live recording An evening in Leipzig has just been released in the
Stéphanos Thomopoulos is the first pianist in France to carry out a Doctorate in
performance at the Conservatoire de Paris, where he does research on Xenakis’
piano work under the supervision of Gerard Pesson and Jean-Yves Bosseur. The
writing of this thesis has brought him to participate in concerts and conferences
about Xenakis in New York, Montreal, Paris, London, Belgrade, Leipzig, Athens,
Monaco as well as to publish an article in the book Performing Xenakis, next to
personalities such as Milan Kundera, Michel Tabachnik and Irvine Arditti (Pendragon
In 2010, Stéphanos Thomopoulos was appointed professor and head of the piano
departement at the Conservatoire National de Nice. He is invited to give
masterclasses in Monaco, Musicalta in France and Music Village in Greece.