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Danae Kara

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Outstanding Greek virtuoso acclaimed as “the most celebrated champion of prominent Greek modernist composers such as Skalkottas and Mitropoulos” (American Record Guide).
For her enduring commitment and determination to premiering important music, such as the monumental Third Piano Concerto by Nikos Skalkottas in 2003, in Paris, she received The Hellenic Music Award by The National Council of Music/Unesco.

Born in 1953 in Istanbul, she has given performances worldwide since her debut at the age of sixteen. She has appeared as soloist with eminent orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburg- Mozarteum Orchestra, the London Festival Orchestra, , the Lithuanian State Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, The Moscow Virtuosi, the Sofia Philharmonic, and has toured performing in major venues of European cities, Latin America, throughout Russia and the former Soviet Republics. She has collaborated with conductors of great distinction such as Giancarlo Andretta, Matthias Bamert, Hans Graf, John Georgiadis, Philippe Entremont, Miltiadis Karydis, Jakob Kowalski, Alexander Lazarev, Christian Mandeal, Alexander Myrat, Vladimir Spivakov, and Friedemann Layer. She has been presented on radio and television live concert broadcasts by the Hellenic Radio and Television - ERT, Radio Educacion, Radio UNAM Mexico, Radio France, France Musique, WGBH Boston, and BBC Three.

Her discography with Naxos, Universal/Decca, Agorá Musica, Philips, Polygram, Millenium Archives, EMI Classics, Lyra, has won critical acclaim in the international press for her recordings of Mendelssohn’s Three Piano Concerti, Sicilianos’ Piano Concerto, Skalkottas’s Piano Concerti, Cimarosa’s 62 Sonatas, Brahms Opus 116, 117 118 &119, Dimitri Mitropoulos’ Piano Works, Manos Hadjidakis’ Piano works and other of her albums. She was the recipient of the Recording Award 2000, by The Union of Greek Theater & Music Critics.

She graduated with the highest honor Golden Medal from the Athens Conservatory and as a scholarship student she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music at The Juilliard School of Music in New York, where her principal teacher and mentor was the legendary Jacob Lateiner. In addition to receiving the Isabella Vengerova legacy from Lateiner, she received tutoring from Ivan Moravec and Nina Svetlanova, student of Heinrich Neuhaus.
Hailed as an extraordinary musician of penetrating insight, her playing is characterized by an arresting rhythmic buoyancy, clarity, exuberance, as well as communicative power.

Discography
 

l NIKOS SKALKOTTAS: Concertino for Piano. & 3d Concerto for Piano.
l JOHANNES BRAHMS: Piano Works. op. 116, 117, 118 & 119.
l THANOS MIKROUTSIKOS: “Dance and memories”, Piano Works.
l FELIX MENDELSSOHN: The Three (3) Piano Concerti
l YORGOS SISILIANOS: Concerto for piano and Orchestra (1992)
l DOMENICO CIMAROSA: The 62 Piano Sonatas, COMPLETE EDITION
l DIMITRIS MITROPOULOS: Piano Works & (PREMIČRE) & N. SKALKOTTAS 3 Pieces
l MANOS HADJIDAKIS: The Piano Works
l COMPOSIZIONI da CAMERA: Christophoros STAMBOGLIS, bass, Danae KARA, piano
l "PIANO GEMS" Danae Kara, piano
l  MANOLIS KALOMIRIS: "EVENING LEGENDS" For voice and piano, Markela HATZIANO, mezzo, Danae KARA, piano
l DANAE KARA plays: MANUEL De FALLA & MIKIS THEODORAKIS
l DANAE KARA plays Greek Composers
l KYRIAKOS SFETSAS: "SUNSTREAM" 12 pieces for piano.

 

 PREMIČRE         JUST RELEASED

NIKOS SKALKOTTAS:  Concertino for Piano & 3d Concerto for Piano
Orchestre National de Montpellier, Friedemann Layer conducting. 2004 "DECCA' 00289 4762561 CD 70:52'

International Record Review (Nov 2004).“…Kara’s rhythmic buoyancy …vividly projects the contrasts… immediately arresting in the bravura gestures …clarity and exuberance characterize the performance… …

The Gramophone (March 2005).“ …in Skalkottas’s most ambitious work…Kara’s forward impetus gives it greater overall cogency and her more flowing tempo for the Andante sostenuto makes it formally and expressively all of a piece..”

The Absolute Sound (Aug/Sept 2005).“…Pianist Danae Kara has also championed Skalkottas and was one of the first to record his music on CD…Danae Kara brings zest and vitality to the Concertino, while finding an ideal balance of intensity and forward drive in the difficult and dense Third concerto…”

The American Record Guide (July/Aug 2005). “…Greek pianist Danae Kara is a superb advocate in these first-recorded performances. She brings confidence and engaging vitality to the Concertino, while maintaining both intensity and forward drive in the difficult and strenuous Third Concerto…”
 




JOHANNES BRAHMS
:  Piano Works. op. 116, 117, 118  & 119
2000 AGORA'  (Italy) AG 221.1 CD
MUSICA (Nov. 2000): “... This recording (Brahms Last Piano Works) is destined to remain as a reference point at least till the day when Pollini decides to propose his own interpretation ...” Francesco Lo Cascio 

 



 
FELIX  MENDELSSOHN
:  The Three (3) Piano Concerti
La Camerata, Alexandros Myrat, conducting.
1998 AGORA'  (Italy) AG 127.1 CD
KLASSIK heute  (Sept. 1998):... Umso erstaurlicher mutet es an, wenn ... hier protegiert, die diese beiden Mendelssohn-Kostbarkeiten mit sicherem Griff, mit sicherem Gespür für Tempo, Tonfall und Atmosphäre, anzufassen verstehen. Hier spielt eine junge Pianistin sachkundig Klavier, verleiht den scnellen Ecksätzen beherrschte Fahrt und den triumphalen wie seitidigen Themen genügend Kolorit, um mit einem agilen ...Orchester knapp 80 Minuten lang für gehobene Kurzweil zu sorgen...”. Peter Cossé.
 

PREMIČRE
YORGOS  SISILIANOS
:  Concerto for piano and Orchestra (1992)
La Camerata, Alexandros Myrat, Conducting.
1998  AGORA'  (Italy) AG 126.1 CD  
Gramophone (June 1998):...Yorgos Sicilianos's Piano Concerto has an engaging astringency. Worth acquiring … R.Whitehouse
KLASSIK heute (Nov. 1998): “... Auch hier (Sicilianos's Piano Concerto): hinreißende Darbietungen des Orchesters und der wendigen Pianistin, klanglich solide dokumentiert. Christoph.Schlüren.
CLASSICA CD (Dic. 1998): “...e la pianista Kara, prima interprete del Concerto di Sicilianos. mostra di saperne dominarne con disinvoltura le asperità tecniche. Giuseppe Rossi
 



COMPLETE EDITION
DOMENICO  CIMAROSA
:  The 62 Piano Sonatas
1997
AGORA'  (Italy) AG 118.2 Double CD
diapason (Mai 1998): 5 diapason SUPERB “... Danae Kara nous en apporte la preuve. Avec elle - qui nous propose les soixante-deux sonates -chacun de ces petits “tableaux de genre” a droit à l'éclairage (subtilité des nuances, effets de legato ou de staccato, vivacité “perlée” ou cantabile souplement alangui, raffinements galants ou velléités carrément populaires) qui, à coup sûr, le mettra parfaitement en valeur... Des interprétations finalement convaincantes et remarquables...” Jean Dupart
 

 

PREMIČRE 
DIMITRIS  MITROPOULOS
:  Piano Works  &  NIKOS SKALKOTTAS: 3 Pieces. 1997 AGORA'  (Italy) AG 099.1 CD
The Record GEIJUTZU (June 1997): “...Danae Kara has been brought to our attention by her previous CD recordings ... this time she displays an entirely new facet of her talent through this crystal clear rendition of Mitropoulos’s highly complex piano music...” Akira Takahisa
American Record Guide (Jul/Aug 1997): "...Danae Kara-who plays with conviction and even a certain ferocity ... I hope she gives us more Skalkottas, and soon. Lehman
CLASSICA CD (Sept. 1997): “...La pianista Danae Kara esegue ogni brano  amorevolmente ... e con la giusta scioltezza tecnica. Interpretazione: 0TTIMA.” Francesco Lo Cascio.
Gramophone (Nov. 2001)
... D.Kara strikes me as preferable in the two "Reverias"... where she finds greater rhythmic clarity... R.Woodhouse

The album 9.70193 titled Dimitri Mitropoulos, Piano Works is reissued by NAXOS in digital form.
This album is available for streaming and downloading on all DSP that offer classical music as well as Naxos Music Library
http:// www.naxosmusiclibrary.com and ClassicsOnline http://www.classicsonline.com



 

NAXOS - Greek Classics 8.570957 title: Manos HADJIDAKIS , piano works
American Record Guide (
Jan/Feb 1997): “...Danae Kara, ... plays the hell out of this stuff, with plenty of rubato in the faster pieces and delicate understatement in the slower ones. For fanciers of unusual piano music, this disc is a must.”  Jack Sullivan
MUSICA (Sept. 1996):”... Ascoltando queste musiche interpretate dalla brava pianista greca Danae Kara ...vien voglia di cantare e di battere le mani su Il' onda dei temi antichi e dei ritmi senza fine di Hadjidakis, che entrano nelle ossa e fin sotto la pelle, per non lasciarci piŕ. Bellissimo.”  
 

 PREMIČRE  
THANOS MIKROUTSIKOS
: “Dance and memories”, Piano Works
2001
EMI CLASSICS (UK) 5 5712622  CD
diapason
(Mai 1998): "... témoignage d'une interprète irréprochable (Danae Kara), ... "
Gramophone
(June 1998): "... these four works, capably executed by Danae Kara, make diverting listening as they skillfully navigate the dividing line between anodyne and ingratiating. Richard Whitehouse
 

 
"
Composizioni da Camera":
DURANTE - STRADELLA - MARCELLO - BELLINI - DONIZETTI - VERDI - HADJIDAKIS
Christophoros STAMBOGLIS, bass,  Danae KARA, piano  

1996 
LYRA (GR)  CD


 


"PIANO GEMS"  
FAURE - CHOPIN - LISZT - GRIEG - RACHMANINOV - DEBUSSY - SATIE -
KONSTANTINIDIS - MOMPOU - SAINT-SANS - Chick COREA

1992 
LYRA (GR) CD


 
Manolis KALOMIRIS"EVENING LEGENDS"  For voice and piano.
Markela HATZIANO, mezzo, Danae KARA, piano
1987
 CONCERT ATHENS LP, 
1989
 LYRA (GR) CD


 


 

DANAE KARA plays:

MANUEL De FALLA  &  MIKIS THEODORAKIS

1983
PHILIPS- POLYGRAM LP,
2000
UNIVERSAL CD


 

 

DANAE KARA plays Greek Composers:
KALOMIRIS-SKALKOTTAS-HADJIDAKIS-KONSTANTINIDIS-THEODORAKIS 
1983 
PHILIPS-POLYGRAM  LP
2000 UNIVERSAL  CD 



PREMIČRE
Kyriakos SFETSAS
: "SUN STREAM" 12 pieces for piano.
1982 EMI-COLUMBIA LP,  1995  FINEA SOUND CD
 

 

Press Quotes

· Since the late Gina Bachauer there has been no other greek virtuoso on the international scene. With Danae Kara this has changed. " GENERAL ANZEIGER

· "She has a dashing virtuosity, of manly character which is sprung from endless power reserves" ...equipped with a glittering arsenal of pianism she recreates the compositions she interprets... ...the public responded with the warmest ovation"  BONNER RUNDSCHAU 

· "...An authentic pianistic talent of a rare communicative power... high virtuosity flying to dizzy heights rewarding one with glorious sonorities... she speaks straight to the heart... " NOUVELLE REVUE DE LAUSANNE

· "...Kara has demonstrated a rare and original musical personality giving the most unusual and powerful interpretations..."  UNO NAS UNO

· "A unique artist and an admirable pianist..." NOVEDADES

· "a volcanic "piano tiger" combining the contrasting attributes of extreme sensitivity and impetuosity of an endless energy..."  NEUE ZEITUNG

· "...Kara belongs to that rare league of artists where noble sincerity imposes itself against all theatricality’s. There were infinite variety of nuances in her discovery of every inner and intimate of each composer's intention. Her original version of well known music is startling as well as persuasive through constant musicality of the highest order... " L' EST ECLAIR

· "...with an arresting originality... a flamboyant technique caused that frenzy of applause". TIROLER TAGESZEITUNG

· "...she has the most remarkable range of nuances from whisper to an almost demonic display of pianistic bravura never loosing control and with such natural ease away from all artificiality’s". L ' UNION

·  "...played with exceptional limpidity and exactitude marvelously conveying al/ the nuances of the frightfully demanding Liszt-Verdi score. Her playing is of incredible power and technical mastery". THE ATHENIAN

· "...we were in the presence of an exceptional artist with an inner passion for delivering a message through meaningful interpretations". LlBERATION

· "...technical brilliance... graceful... fascinating interpretation..."  NORD BAYERISCHER KURIER

· "...her interpretation of Mephisto Waltz was a real spiritual waterfall a powerful generator of ideas, images, meditative thoughts. her introspective nature and amazing virtuosity contribute to a highly exciting performance... the audience was deeply moved... " KATHIMERINI

· "...rare combination of tempered virtuosity and refined sensibility... giving an urgency and vision lacking in most of her generation's pianists... " DAVID DIAMOND
 


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