Greek Violinist Regi Papa Makes Solo Debut at Carnegie Hall

NEW YORK, NY Violinist Regi Papa (Alexandros Pappas) of Athens, Greece, 19, made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall May 10 as the winner of the Waldo Mayo Memorial Violin Competition in New York City having competed against many of the best young violinists in the world. He performed Sibelius I Violin Concerto in D minor, OP.

Papa began studying the violin at the age of 5. He comes from a musical family; both parents are violinists in Athens. He has been described as a motivated young man dedicated to music and the violin and has tremendous virtuoso abilities.

He attended the Preparatory Division at Manhattan School of Music from 2002-2004 while continuing his formal education at the Professional Children's School in New York City. In the fall, he will be a third-year

Violinist Regi Papa (Alexandros Pappas)
of Athens, Greece, made his solo debut
at Carnegie Hall May 10, 2006

student in the bachelor of music degree program in violin performance in the Manhattan School of Music college division, where he studies with Isaac Malkin.

Papa has participated in master classes of Lydia Mortkovitch, Zakhar Bron, Sergei Kravchenko, Peter Sheppard, Boris Belkin, Emmanuel Borok and Mikhail Kopelman. He has given concerts in Athens in the Friends of Music Hall (Megaro) in Athens Concert Hall and has also performed in the Pallas, Pamassos and the Athenaum halls. He has appeared as a soloist throughout Greece, performing with orchestras such as the Soloists of Patras Orchestra under Saulious Sondeckis, the Volos Symphony Orchestra under Simeon Kogan and the National Orchestra of Contemporary Music under Andres Pilarinos and has also appeared as a soloist with the Feminarte Orchestra in Tirana, Albania.

In the United States he has given many recitals throughout New York City and New Jersey. He performed the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor with the Manhattan School of Music Philarmonia, as the winner of the concerto competition during the 2004 Preparatory Division graduation ceremony in the John C. Boron Auditorium.

Papa has been a top prize winner in numerous competitions including first prize in both the Ministry of Education's Panhellenic Contest and the 2002 Eurovision Contest in Greece, second prize in the Young Soloists Competition and third prize in the International "Jeunesses Musicales" Violin Competition in Bucharest, Romania. Also, he participated in the ARD International Violin Competition in Munich and in the Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki.

(Posting date 1 August 2006)

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