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Cyprien Katsaris

 
The French/Cypriot pianist Cyprien Katsaris was born in France and began to play piano at the age of four, in Cameroon, where he spent his childhood. He studied piano at the Paris Conservatoire with Aline van Barentzen and Monique de la Bruchollerie. He was the only Western European prize-winner in the 1972 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition. Katsaris is much in demand as a soloist, and has made many recordings, including the complete Liszt transcripts of the nine Beethoven Symponies. In addition to his activities as a soloist he founded the “Katsaris Piano Quintet”.