May, 2024

202418May11:0017:00Piano Masterclass with Christine Tokatlian11:00 - 17:00

Event Details

In the context of Piano City Athens Festival, Deree – The American College of Greece

When: Saturday, May 18 | 11:00-17:00

Where: 7th level Auditorium, Deree — The American College of Greece

Co-organized by:
FRSFPA-Music Programs @ Deree – The American College of Greece and Piano City Athens

Under the auspices
of the Ministry of Tourism and the Region of Attica,  with the support of the City of Athens.

About the event

For the second consecutive year, renowned pianist and professor of the Music programs at Deree — The American College of Greece, Dr. Christine Tokatlian, will give a piano masterclass within the framework of Piano City Athens 2024. Students of Greek conservatories as well as pianists at the beginning of their professional careers are invited to perform works of their choice. During the masterclass, they will receive individual suggestions and guidelines to improve their technical skills and their comprehension of the musical text. As a result, there will be a detailed reading of the score that will enable each student to perceive and share an individual interpretation of the work studied. The teaching session will be 30 minutes for the intermediate, 40 minutes for the advanced and 50-60 minutes for the young professionals.

Registration inquiries and applications should be sent via email to [email protected]

Christine Tokatlian
Concert Pianist
Assistant Professor of Music & Music Performance, FRSFPA @Deree-ACG

Christine Tokatlian, is a concert pianist praised for her academic distinctions and passionate performance. In 2008 she was awarded the honorary ‘Eleni Myconiou’ prize for artistic excellence by the Athens Academy. At the age of six Christine was already taking piano lessons at the National Conservatory of Greece which led to a Soloist’s diploma with a grade of Excellence by unanimous vote and First Prize, under the supervision of Manolis Kokalis. Studying under renowned pianists including Dimitri Toufexis, Yu Chun Yee and Bernard Roberts, between 1996 and 1999, Christine receives her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Deree-The American College of Greece, and post-graduate diplomas in Advanced Piano Performance from the Royal College of Music in London (PGDip, PGAdvDip).

Performing around Greece, the United Kingdom, Italy, Lebanon, Germany and Armenia alongside distinguished artists including the Komitas Quartet, Christine’s recitals include works by classical, romantic and contemporary composers, as well as new-experimental music all performed with her distinct temperament, undeniably fueled by her Armenian descent. And with the same passionate spirit she premiered Khatchaturian’s Piano Concerto with the Thessaloniki State Orchestra in the Thessaloniki Concert Hall in 2010. Christine also communicates her talent through teaching as she is currently a professor of music at Deree — The American College of Greece and a piano professor at the Maiandrio Conservatory.

She has recorded with various ensembles and artists and in a range of musical styles particularly interested in new music.

Her PhD research at Chichester University, UK, focuses on contemporary Armenian piano music and its impact on the re(de)construction of Armenian musical identity. Her research has been presented in international conferences in Athens, London, Istanbul, Berlin and Latvia.

Christine serves as a jury member in national competitions and gives piano masterclasses in Greece and abroad. Her students have been awarded several prizes and distinctions in international piano competitions.

Armenian Piano Images, Christine’s first personal recording with works of contemporary Armenian composers, some of which are world premieres, serves as a window for her audience to see into her dream of magical musical performance.