Pianist Eleni Traganas

Biographical Information

 

“Hers is a soul inspired by piano music,” a critic of the Bonner Rundschau wrote of ELENI TRAGANAS’ appearance at the Festival of American Music in Bonn, Germany. “She performed with astonishing command and a limitless range of emotion in an overwhelmingly unique and individual style.”


ELENI TRAGANAS is the true Renaissance Woman of her generation. An acclaimed concert pianist, author, visual artist and composer, her varied award-winning activities have amassed accolades from the international press and are listed in Who’s Who in America© and other biographical publications.

Born and raised in New York City, Ms. TRAGANAS entered the legendary School of Performing Arts at the age of 13, and went on to study under scholarship at The Juilliard School. With postgraduate studies undertaken at the Volkwang Musikhochschule in Essen, Germany, and Switzerland’s Lucerne Conservatory, her mentors have included such performing luminaries as Paul Badura-Skoda, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Nadia Reisenberg, Beveridge Webster, and Eugene List.

Her deep affinity for the Romantic repertoire has led to innumerable appearances in all-Chopin and all-Russian recitals and lectures in Carnegie Recital Hall, a concert which THE NEW YORK TIMES applauded for its “volatile temperament, intensity, and impressive dramatic impetus,” New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall (“An impressively assured performance,” THE FINANCIAL TIIMES), Berlin (“Ethereal clarity…exuberant brilliance,” BERLINER MORGENPOST), Athens, and many of the major music capitals of Europe, where she also performed under the aegis of the U.S. State Department. She has given the first performance in Greece of Scriabin’s Piano Concerto with the Northern State Orchestra, and has appeared with the Chamber Orchestra of Salonika, the Israel Sinfonietta, the Athens State Orchestra, the Municipal Concerts Orchestra, and other ensembles. Recordings include EMI-Athens, WDR West German Broadcasting Co. Cologne, which featured the premiere performance of her original piano transcription of Rachmaninoff’s “Isle of the Dead,” National Radio & Television of Greece, WQXR and many others.

Her compositions have been praised by THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine, and NEW YORK TIMES critic and composer Ernest Lubin called her first publication, a four-movement Suite for piano written at the age of 12, “a masterly work of absolute individuality”. Twelfth House, her novel, has received high acclaim from the literary press, and as an award-winning fine artist, her works have appeared in over 40 nationally-curated museums and galleries. Throughout her career, ELENI TRAGANAS has been the grateful recipient of generous sponsorship by enthusiastic patrons of the arts.


Rave reviews from the International Press


“A volatile temperament. There was never any doubt about her intense involvement in the music. With uninhibited vigor ... she viewed each work as a poetic entity, displaying an impressive grasp of overall mood and dramatic impetus!”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Stunning … She’s a passionate player with great strength and control and played in exciting fashion. A real talent!”

ATHENS DAILY POST

“A very beautiful concert … ethereal clarity and poise … unfailing strength … exuberant brilliance and virtuosity. An exciting performance”

BERLINER MORGENPOST

“A true artist … Piano-playing of a high order.  A Romantic pianist of the first rank with exciting drive, involvement and style, with a breathtaking technique which was always subservient to the music she was interpreting. A sparkling performance ... The enthusiastic audience gave her a standing ovation”

THE OREGONIAN

“Extraordinary technique and tonal beauty ... Impressive strength and musical assurance. A magnificent and stirring performance”

RUHR NACHRICHTEN

“Astonishing facility and ease of interpretation, exemplary command, and a refined sensibility”

ELEFTHERI ORA, ATHENS

“REMARKABLE SELF-ASSURANCE. Her performance of Scriabin’s ‘Black Mass’ Sonata was hair-raising”

WESTDEUTSCHE ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG

“SPELLBINDING (headline). Pianist ELENI TRAGANAS charmed an enthusiastic audience with her powerful, sensitive performance. Breathtaking technique ... She is without doubt an extraordinary talent”

MUENSTERISCHE ZEITUNG

”A TRULY CONSUMMATE PERFORMANCE! A pianist who wins you over with her vigorous temperament and fascinates you with the radiance of her playing, TRAGANAS is not only an astonishing virtuoso but also a musician with extraordinary finesse and sensitivity who can infuse with spirit even the most remarkably imperceptible tones. AN UNFORGETTABLE CONCERT”

I VRADINI, ATHENS

“Even beyond her enviable technical prowess, the soloist displayed elements of a fathomless musical sensitivity”

ELEFTHEROTYPIA (FREE PRESS), ATHENS

“She has an unusual preference for the Russians – Tchaikovsky, Scriabin. Her technique is big and solid, enabling her to tackle their gargantuan difficulties. But that’s not her challenge: What concerns her most is to get to the root of their deep and expressive interpretation – with passion and love”

EIKONES MAGAZINE, ATHENS

“Ranks as one of the very best interpreters on the concert circuit today. She demonstrated a truly incredible technique and a very cerebral yet intensely passionate interpretation of the works she performed. She is without doubt one of the most talented pianists appearing today, and one from whom many decades of outstanding performances can be anticipated.”

THE ATHENIAN

“Effortless mastery”

MARLER ZEITUNG

“A transcendent talent…tremendous power with a great romantic gift…A thunderous ovation!”

KREUZNACHER ALLGEMEINE

“A very successful concert by celebrated pianist ELENI TRAGANAS. Her difficult program with works by the Russian Romantics was effortlessly performed and marked by a fiery dynamism, dramatic and poetic intensity. We look forward to her next appearance”

IMERA, Patra, Greece

“Complete mastery”

THE HELLENIC NEWS, NY

“An impressively assured performance”

THE FINANCIAL TIMES, LONDON

Selected Concert Appearances

• Wigmore Hall, London (All-Russian program)

• Carnegie Recital Hall (All-Scriabin program)

• Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NY

• Town Hall, NY

• West German Broadcasting WDR

• Int’l Music Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland

• HELEXPO Int’l Festival, Salonika, Greece

• Yamaha Hall NYC

• American Center, Cologne, Germany

• America House, Berlin

• Athens College Theater

• USIS Recital Tours of Germany

• Ithaca Int’l Festival

• New York Public Library Concerts & Lectures

• LBCC Foundation Concert Series

• University of Kansas Concert Series

• USIS Recital Tours of Greece

• “Palma D’Oro” Int’l Music Festival, Italy

• Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council NY

• WQXR, WNYC New York

• ERT National Broadcasting Co., Greece

• RAI Italy

• Athens State Orchestra

• Chamber Orchestra of Salonika

• Israel Sinfonietta

• Northern State Orchestra of Greece

• Municipal Concerts Orchestra, NY

• Compositions Published by AMSCO, NAKAS, & others

EMI Athens


  Praise for ‘Mystery & Turbulence in Imperial Russia’

An original drama-recital on music shadowing the twilight years of the Romanov Dynasty




“A PIANIST’S HOMAGE TO RUSSIA’S EMPRESS” (Headline)

A couple of years ago, Pianist ELENI TRAGANAS had a dream. It was around the time in 1991, when the graves of Russia’s last imperial family, the Romanovs, were exhumed in Yekaterinburg, Russia. TRAGANAS is sure that Empress Alexandra, the wife of the Last Tsar, appeared in her dream. And thus began TRAGANAS’ quest to bring vindication to the woman who was murdered in 1918”

NEWSDAY

“A very enlightening and moving experience! ELENI TRAGANAS demonstrated an innate ability to convey great dramatic and artistic expression”

SHELTER ROCK LIBRARY CONCERTS NY

“The audience raved about “Mystery & Tubulence.” Thank you for a wonderful performance!”

OYSTER BAY EAST NORWICH CONCERT SERIES NY

“An outstanding drama-recital…played with powerful artistry”

“Conversations with Music,” BETHPAGE NY

“A most enjoyable, beautiful performance…a very special program!”

EAST MEADOW LIBRARY CONCERTS

“Exquisitely played, with great subtlety, depth and stunning technical ability. ‘Mystery & Turbulence’ was performed with brilliance, erudition and grace, and left the audience in awe of an almost forgotten portion of history and musical innovation.”

RIDOTTO CONCERTS, HUNTINGTON NY

“Phenomenal!”

ENGLEWOOD NJ LIBRARY CONCERTS

“Performed with exceptional mastery”

THE NEW RUSSIAN WORD

 

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