ELENI TRAGANAS - Artist Pianist

Biographical Information

“Hers is a soul inspired by music,” a critic of the BONNER RUNDSCHAU wrote of ELENI TRAGANAS’ appearance at the Festival of American Music in Bonn, Germany. An internationally acclaimed concert pianist, author, and composer, ELENI TRAGANAS’ multi-faceted award-winning activities have amassed accolades from the international press and have been listed in Who’s Who in America© and other biographical publications. Born in New York City, Ms. TRAGANAS holds degrees from The Juilliard School, with postgraduate studies undertaken at the Volkwang Musikhochschule in Essen, Germany, and Switzerland’s Lucerne Conservatory.

Her deep affinity for the Romantic repertoire has led to innumerable appearances in all-Chopin and all-Russian recitals and lectures in Carnegie Hall, a concert which THE NEW YORK TIMES applauded for its “volatile temperament, poetic intensity, and impressive dramatic impetus,” New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall (“An impressively assured performance,” THE FINANCIAL TIMES), 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. A prize-winner of the Palma D’Oro International Piano Competition in Italy and recipient of the Archdiocesan Cathedral’s Inaugural Maestro Dino Anagnost Memorial Award as its first Artist-in-Residence, she has been a guest at several international music festivals and featured soloist with The Israel Sinfonietta, the Athens State Orchestra, the Municipal Concerts Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Northern State Orchestra of Greece, and other ensembles. She has recorded for EMI-Athens, WDR West German Broadcasting Co., RAI-Italy, National Radio & Television of Greece, WQXR, SiriusXM, among others. 

Praised by THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine, her choral and organ compositions have been frequently performed at New York’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the Terra Sancta International Organ Festival in Jerusalem, throughout Europe & the States. She is the Founder/Director of The Alexiad Chorale and currently serves as the Organist & Music Director of Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church in New York City. Her Novel, Twelfth House: The Journey of an Artist, has received high acclaim from the literary press. 

Throughout her career, ELENI TRAGANAS has been the grateful recipient of generous sponsorship by enthusiastic patrons of the arts.

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Rave Reviews by 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


“An impressively assured performance”

THE FINANCIAL TIMES, LONDON


“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, PATRAS, GREECE


“Complete mastery”

THE HELLENIC NEWS, NY

Acclaimed Concert Pianist

• 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

• Saint Patrick's Cathedral NYC

• The Nicholas Roerich Museum 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
• Sirius XM Radio NYC

• Municipal Concerts Orchestra NY

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