The Cyprus Federation of America presents “Cyprus: Musical Filoxenia”

On September 26, 2012, the Cyprus Federation of America will present an extraordinary musical event to celebrate the presidency of the Council of the European Union by the Republic of Cyprus and the 52nd anniversary of the independence of Cyprus.

The program, titled “Cyprus: Musical Filoxenia”, will feature a recital by the world-renowned French-Cypriot pianist and composer Cyprien Katsaris, with the participation of the Archdiocesan Youth Choir and the Greek-Cypriot baritone Constantinos Yiannoudes.

The event will be attended by the President of the Republic of Cyprus and Mrs. Demetris Christofias, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, high-level European Union officials, government representatives of European Union countries, foreign ambassadors at the United Nations, and other dignitaries. The event will take place at the Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City.

As in the past, we count on your generous support to make this event a tremendous success. Below is information regarding tickets and sponsorship opportunities.

Download ticket and sponsorship information

For further information, please contact Mr. Peter Papanicolaou at 718-946-2700, Mrs. Despina Axiotakis at 201-444-8237, or cyprusfederation@aol.com.

CFA Philanthropic Committte at work

CFA Philanthropic Committte at work . Fundraiser for Demetria Constantinides. Pictured from left: Despina Axiotakis, Peter Louca, Sophia Cotzia and Christos Nicolaou

“Philanthropy is the voluntary sharing of one’s personal and financial resources to enhance human well-being and bring about positive social change. In short, philanthropy is “Giving for a Quality Life.”

The Cyprus Federation of America Philanthropic Fund was established as a Committee to:

• Facilitate the development of chapter goals and objectives and execute tasks to achieve them.
• Plan, coordinate, and evaluate all philanthropy and service projects.
• Ensure that philanthropy events operate effectively and provide a positive experience for members and the benefactors.
• Serve as a role model by actively participating in philanthropy activities.

PHILANTHROPIC/GIFTS/DONATIONS (Partial List)

• The CFA donated $5,000 to the organization “Synthesmos of Families of Narcotics users” that will be used to help raise money for people who attend re-hab chaired by Mrs. Elsie Christofias and the Archbishop of Cyprus through the Cyprus Children’s Fund
• CFA works with the Rachel Cooper Foundation when the children from Cyprus will be coming to NY for treatment
• Greek Children’s Fund
• Cyprus Children’s Fund
• St. Basils in Garrison, NY
• “Pins for Pualy” Foundation
• CFA has aided individuals/families that were not able to pay their rent
• Has aided children in their college tuition costs
• Has aided individuals who have lost their job and need temporary relief with funds and/or housing
• Helped many families needing medical help or housing while families received medical care
• Haiti Relief – $2,000 was sent through the Archdiocese of America

SCHOLARSHIPS – SUPPORT
• Queens College the CFA offers three scholarships every year
• The Panpaphian Association – offered $1,000 in scholarship
• The American Hellenic Scholarships
• Princeton Scholarship Fund

The Current Chairman of the Philanthropic Committee is Mr. Nicos Zittis

NEPOMAK celebrates 10 year anniversary by developing new programmes at South Africa meeting

The Executive Council of NEPOMAK met in South Africa over the Christmas period from 27-30 December 2011. Members of the Executive Council from around the world, as well as young Cypriots, SAE Youth and NAHYSOSA representatives from across South Africa and Africa participated in the meeting.

The meeting was officially opened on Tuesday 27 December at the St George’s Hotel in Pretoria. The keynote speaker at the opening ceremony was George Bizos, a prominent Human Rights lawyer and Nelson Mandela’s lawyer. Mr. Bizos spoke about the importance of rule of law, identity and his experiences in South Africa. Other speakers who addressed the opening ceremony were the Archbishop of Pretoria and Johannesburg Damaskinos, Mr Cleopa Elia (President of the Cyprus Brotherhood of South Africa), Mr. Christos Karaolis (President of NEPOMAK), Mr. Philip Papathanasiou (President of NAHYSOSA) and Mr. Michael Pappas (President of NEPOMAK South Africa).

The meeting of the Executive Council focused on establishing new programmes for members, new partnerships with other NGOs and charities as well as how NEPOMAK can continue to support Cyprus and lobby decision makers even more effectively.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to begin developing the plans for the celebrations of NEPOMAK’s 10th anniversary in 2012. The Executive Council discussed the recently launched NEPOMAK logo re-design competition, how to coordinate events across member organizations to celebrate NEPOMAK’s 10 year anniversary and also how to refresh and update NEPOMAK’s strategic goals to ensure NEPOMAK remains relevant over the next 10 years.

NEPOMAK President, Christos Karaolis said “We are exceptionally grateful to the South African and Zimbabwean Cypriot communities for the warm welcome that they gave us. During the course of our meeting we put in place proposals for new programmes and initiatives that will ensure we continue to deliver on our core aims: raising awareness of the Cyprus issue and
maintaining Cypriot culture and identity across the diaspora. With these activities, I am confident that NEPOMAK will continue to go from strength to strength over the next 10 years.”

Members of the Executive Council also visited the Hellenic Cypriot Brotherhood of South Africa and Cypriot communities in Cape Town and Zimbabwe.

If you would like more information about NEPOMAK or the Executive Council meeting visit www.NEPOMAK.org, or email communications@nepomak.org.

NEPOMAK Young Community Leaders Programme – Will be updated

Our new programme for Young Cypriots who feel passionate about Cyprus. NYCL is a year-long distance learning course covering all aspects of Cypriot history, culminating in a week long tour of Cyprus visiting all the major attractions. Successful applicants will receive a scholarship and accreditation, from the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs, covering all course fees and costs in Cyprus, with participants only making a small contribution towards their airfare to Cyprus. Applications will open in mid-Febraury and for more information, or to apply, click here or join our facebook group to receive the latest information about the programme . Alternatively, if you’ve got any questions email the Global NYCL Coordinator Liz Rousou – liz.rousou@hotmail.co.uk

NEPOMAK Discover Cyprus Programme – back for 2012

NDCP is back for 2012! Our flagship 3 week programme will be back for 2012 and applications will be available.   Please keep checking our website for updates.  If you know anyone who would like to apply, please encourage them to do so, so that they can share the same experiences that a number of you have shared! For more information click here. Alternatively, email the NDCP Coordinator in your country for more information, or our Global Coordinator Danny Kartoudi, for more information – dannykartoudi@hotmail.com

Hospitality Trip 2011

Dear Parent/Guardian:

We invite your child to participate in The Hospitality Program which is a Cyprus Government sponsored Program for children 12-16 years of age.

While the child is on the program and in Cyprus, all expenses will be paid by the Cyprus Government.  The airfare is the responsibility of the child’s family.  The children will receive a subsidy from the Cyprus Government for expenses.  The dates for the trip for 2012 will be determined after the new year.

Please be sure to fill out the application completely and accurately.  Upon approval of your child’s application, we will call you to make the necessary flight arrangements.    If your child will be traveling prior to the departure date, please let us know so that arrangements can be made for them to join the group in Cyprus.  

The application can be downloaded here.

Kindly send your applications either to Despina Axiotakis, CFA General Secretary, either via email:   cyprusfederation@aol.com or  FAX TO: 201-444-0445 or the Cyprus Consulate offices at, 13 East 40th Street, New York, NY 10013.

Thank you.

Despina Axiotakis
General Secretary
Cyprus Federation of America

201-444-8237

Regulations

1. Parents, or at least one parent must be of Greek/Cypriot descent. (Consideration will be given to non-Greek/Cypriot children).

2. Children must be born abroad, or must have left at a young age and preferably visiting Cyprus for the first time

3. Children must be of ages 12 through 16

4. Preferably, one child will be selected from each family

5. Children who have participated in the Hospitality Program previously  will not be accepted

6. During the Hospitality Trip, children must stay at designated places

7. Following the hospitality trip, children may stay with relatives or friends as authorized by parents and provided that parents assume such responsibility

8. Parents must notify the educator/escort in charge of the hospitality trip of the name of the person who will deliver or receive child prior to the departure from New York

9. During the entire hospitality trip, children will be escorted by educator/chaperone

10. Children must obey all rules and express any problems or grievances directly to the escort.  If children do not obey rules, they will be expelled from the trip.

11. Children must deliver to the escort sums of money (allowance) for the purpose of avoiding losses, unnecessary waste and purchases

12. Upon arrival at the Cyprus airport, children will be received and escorted by representatives of the Service for Overseas Cypriots of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus

13. Responsibility for any children who choose to remain in Cyprus or travel to other destinations upon conclusion of the hospitality trip, shall remain with the parents, relatives or friends.  The same applies for receiving children before the departure date and beginning of hospitality trip

14. Participating children shall be selected by a special committee consisting of a representative of the Consulate General of Cyprus and by two representatives of the Cyprus Federation of America. The selection process will start following application submitted by the child’s parents, to the above Committee.

15. The dates and duration of the Hospitality trip will be made public and shall be announced through the press

16. The amount of subsidy will be announced by the Selection Committee

17. Notification regarding acceptance or non-acceptance of submitted application shall be made timely.  The Hospitality Trip includes a) a subsidy of airfare; b) 10-day hospitality in locations of the Ministry of Education of Cyprus and OELMEK ( sightseeing and touring, picnics, visits to museums and archeological sites;  d) books and small value gifts; e) airfare for escort; f) Hospitality trip will take place during the summer months.  At the conclusion of their trip, children will be asked to submit a written report on their trip and submit to the selection committee.

18. Which Cypriot organization do parents belong to?

Φιλοξενία Κυπριοπαίδων από την Αμερική και τον Καναδά στην Κύπρο

Το φετινό Πρόγραμμα Φιλοξενίας θα πραγματοποιηθεί μεταξύ 7-17 Ιουλίου 2011.

Το Πρόγραμμα Φιλοξενίας διοργανώνεται από την Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Αμερικής σε συνεργασία με το Γενικό Προξενείο της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας στη Νέα Υόρκη, και σε αυτό δύνανται να συμμετάσχουν παιδιά αποδήμων Κυπρίων ηλικίας 12-16 ετών. [Read more…]

Fundraiser for Demetria Constantinides

CFA Philanthropic Committte at work .  Fundraiser for Demetria Constantinides. Pictured from left:  Despina Axiotakis,  Philanthropic Chairman Peter Louca, Sophia Cotzia and Christos Nicolaou.

 

The Educational Division offers scholarships yearly

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CFA and PSEKA Commemorate the Tragic Anniversary of the Turkish Invasion

THE CYPRUS  FEDERATION OF AMERICA AND PSEKA COMMEMORATE THE  TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY OF THE TURKISH INVASION WITH A CULTURAL PROGRAM BY CYPRECO OF AMERICA, A MEMORIAL SERVICE AND 2-DAYCONTACTS WITH HIGH RANKING OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON.

On the occasion of this year’s tragic anniversary of the July 20, 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus that resulted in the division of the island and illegal continued occupation of 37% of its northern territory, the Cyprus Federation of America (C.F.A) and the International Coordinating Committee Justice For Cyprus (PSEKA) joined by members of the Greek Cypriot and Greek American community, organized a series of remembrance events including a 2-day visit to Washington for contacts with high ranking officials.

A full house of guests from the tri-state area of New York and beyond comprised by Greek Cypriot and Greek Americans, including members from the general public, dignitaries and representatives from several community organizations and federations attended the July 18th event which was held at the Stathakion Cultural Center in Astoria, Queens and was mainly dedicated to the occupied cities of Kyrenia and Famagusta, two of the most beautiful cities of Cyprus under occupation whose history and culture stems from ancient times.  Through poetry, music, songs and the projection of two mini-documentaries, CYPRECO’s program revived the rich heritage, and history of Kyrenia and Famagusta, including their important contributions over the centuries to the progress, character and identity of the island.

The event was greeted by the Presidents of C.F.A and PSEKA Peter Papanicolaou and Philip Christopher respectively, the V.P. of the Federation of Hellenic Societies George Chrysomallis and the Consul General of Cyprus in New York Andreas Panagiotou.  All speakers congratulated CYPRECO for this unique production, while referring to the illegal division and occupation of Cyprus by Turkey called upon the Greek Cypriot and Greek American community to remain united and to continue with the same interest its struggle for the freedom of Cyprus.  Both the President of CFA and PSEKA reiterated and emphasized that the organized Greek Cypriot American community will continue working tirelessly and always in support of every elected government in Cyprus for a just and viable resolution of the Cyprus problem that will result in the long-awaited re-unification of the island.

Elena Maroulleti, President of CYPRECO and presenter of the program also welcomed the guests and thanked C.F.A and PSEKA for the honor of having CYPRECO produce this cultural program for Cyprus which as she noted “is truly a very unique journey which will revive beautiful memories and unique feelings”.

And indeed, the very well organized event which started on time included a very well thought and produced program enhanced with poetry, songs and two mini-documentaries.  There were poetry recitals by Elena Maroulleti and Greek Cypriot poet/lyricist Polys Kyriacou from the book THE YEAR BEING…, by the late author/poet Lucy Maroulleti including from various poetry collections by Kyriacou.  The poems truly moved the audience as they revive beautiful memories from Kyrenia and Famagusta, while they also send very strong messages about the injustice that prevails in Cyprus following the 1974 Turkish invasion. Greek American singer Aphrodite Daniel accompanied by Panos Chysovergis on the keyboards along with singer Panagiotis Andreou revived patriotic songs by well known Greek Cypriot and Greek songwriters and composers in a very beautiful performance.

The two-mini documentaries by AKTINA TV, written, produced and narrated by Elena Maroulleti and edited by Tom Stouras which were dedicated to Kyrenia and Famagusta included recent original AKTINA TV footage shot in the two occupied cities, as well as file footage from the 1974 Turkish invasion.  Both documentaries examine and highlight the rich history of Kyrenia and Famagusta from antiquity to date with emphasis to the Turkish invasion and the sad results of the subsequent continued occupation.

On Sunday morning, July 20,  The Cyprus Federation of America  and The International Coordinating Committee Justice For Cyprus (PSEKA) held a memorial service and commemoration of the 34th Anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus at St. Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria, New York.  The service which was attended by members of the Greek Cypriot and Greek American community, of CFA and PSEKA was also honored with the presence of the Consul General of Cyprus in New York and other dignitaries.

On the occasion of the 34th commemoration of the July 20, 1974 invasion and occupation of Cyprus, on July 23 and 24, 2008 Leaders of the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH) went to Washington and lobbied over 30 key U.S. Policymakers.  CEH leaders brought these policymakers up-to-date on various aspects of the Cyprus issue and Cyprus settlement efforts – to prepare them for important support during the upcoming negotiation process.  Many, if not all, expressed their desire to be helpful during this crucial stage for Cyprus.

CEH leaders who participated in these meetings included: Philip Christopher, President, International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) and President of the Pancyprian Association of America; Andrew A. Athens, National Chairman, United Hellenic American Congress (UHAC); Andy Manatos, President, CEH; Nikos Mouyiaris, Executive Vice President, Pancyprian Association of America; Tasos Zambas, Alternate President, PSEKA; Endy Zemenides. President, Hellenic American Leadership Council; George Tsunis, Chairman/CEO, Chartwell Hotels; Zenon Christodoulou, President, Greek-American Chamber of Commerce; Michael Galanakis, Board Member, American Hellenic Council of California and Mike Manatos, Executive Director, CEH.  Panicos Papanicolaou, President, Cyprus Federation of America, was unable to attend these meetings due to a last-minute business trip overseas. Andy Comodromos, President, Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce also participated in these meetings.  These leaders began their Washington meetings with a strategy session with the Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States, Andreas Kakouris.

One of the most productive meetings was an over-one-hour, in-depth working lunch with the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Europe Subcommittee and the Founder and Chairman of the Turkish Caucus, Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL).  House Europe Subcommittee Staff Director Jonathan Katz also participated in this meeting.  These leaders also met with several key Administration officials including: U.S. Ambassador-designate to Cyprus Mr. Frank C. Urbancic, Jr.; the incoming #2 at the U.S. Embassy in Greece, Deputy Chief of Mission, Deborah McCarthy; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Judith G. Garber; State Department Director for Southern European Affairs, Kathleen Fitzpatrick; State Department Director for Policy & Global Issues, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Nerissa Cook; State Department Greece Desk Officer & Regional Political Military Affairs, Bureau of European Affairs, Ilan A. Goodman.

As well these leaders consulted with an individual intimately involved for decades in Cyprus settlement efforts, former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes.

By: Elena Maroulleti, Journalist, Executive Producer AKTINA FM/TV.  Information on the CEH 2-day meetings in Washington with U.S. key policymakers provided by The National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH).

The Athletic Activities of the Cyprus Federation of America

Jay Mwamba

New York State’s leading soccer silverware, is back in familiar hands after Pancyprian Freedoms hammered United FC 4-0 at Tibbetts Brook Park last Sunday to claim the Dr. Manning Cup for the seventh time.

In other State finals at Tibbetts, Matt Geswell’s last gasp effort against Lansdowne Bhoys handed Central Park Rangers an historic win in the D’Arpino Cup, while Manhattan Kickers, the only CSL side to go that far, were pipped 2-1 by upstate Germania Poughkeepsie on their return to the Marth Cup.

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
After the drama and heartbreak of last season’s 4-3 loss to Mineola Portuguese that ended their four-year hold on the Manning Cup, this year’s final was a relative walk in the park for Pancyprian.

It was over as a contest before half time, thanks to goals by Chelsea, Taso Polydefkis and Chris Zisimatos, the latter from a penalty [40th].

On resumption, Tommy Vlahos volleyed in a cross from the edge of the box to seal it.

“We were by far the better team and had ball possession the entire game,” said Martinos Kyprianou. “We showed that we wanted it more.”

This was Pancyprian’s seventh straight appearance in the State final since 2006 and their fifth victory during that magnificent run. In addition to ’06 they triumphed in ’07, ’08 and ’10. Two previous wins came before 2005.

To reach the 2012 final, the Greek-Cypriots beat Integral 4-1, Istria 3-0 and Hellenic archrivals New York Greek-American/Atlas 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 tie in regulation.

Pancyprian’s victory on Sunday also avenged a 5-2 mauling by First Division newcomers United in a league much last fall.

DEBUT BOYS
United’s 4-0 drubbing was a humbling conclusion to what was otherwise an eye-catching rookie campaign. Alex Zaretser’s side was the surprise package in the top flight after their promotion from the second tier.

In addition to trouncing Pancyprian in the league, other famous scalps they claimed during the season include Central Park Rangers and Barnstonworth Rovers’, 5-1 and 2-1, respectively, both in the Manning Cup.

United also had wins over Brooklyn Friends [3-1] in the first round and Polonia who were thrashed 5-0 in the semi-finals.

HISTORIC GUESS
There were mere seconds remaining on the clock in the D’Arpino final between the CPR reserves and Lansdowne Bhoys’ second units when Matt Geswell struck. He fired in a ball from Andres Padilla to snatch a 2-1 victory that earned CPR its first ever State cup and a second trophy in seven days.

CPR had beaten First Division-bound Hoboken FC by the same scoreline at Icahn Stadium the previous week to scoop the revived League Cup.

Unlike in that final when they trailed, Rangers led Lansdowne through Brazilian Dan Caccero but conceded a penalty after the interval that Mike Fernandez converted.

“We had gone one up in the first half, dominating much of the possession,” noted CPR manager Yuval Lion, adding that his side continued to battle hard after Fernandez’ equalizer and “deservedly grabbed the winner in the last minute to avoid penalties.”

“It was a well contested and exciting match by two committed teams,” observed Lion, who critiqued the officiating.

Still, he hailed CPR’s first State cup success and called it and the League Cup a fine haul for the season.

Lansdowne coach Kevin Grogan was gracious in defeat. “It was tough but no complaints, CPR were the better team on the day,” he conceded. “We’re not quite there. We’ll keep on building.”

KICKER DÉJÀ VU
Two years ago, Manhattan Kickers’ Over-30 side became the first CSL club to reach the final of the Fritz Marth Cup, named for the late CSL stalwart. They lost 4-2 to Long Island powerhouse South Baisley.

Kickers’ Over-30s returned to the final last Sunday against Germania Poughkeepsie but succumbed 2-1.

The upstate visitors inflicted some early damage to go up 2-0. Kickers rallied back late and forced an own goal [75th] but in the end went down fighting.

Inspired by the influential Paul Cowler, who scored four in the 7-1 quarterfinal bashing of Pele Masters, they hit the crossbar and came close on several occasions. Cowler had a chance to tie it in the 80th minute on a breakaway but it was not to be.

“The team battled hard in the heat and almost had enough in the tank to make the dramatic comeback and even up the score but ran out of time,” said Kicker manager Mike Fitzgerald.

At the other end, Fitzgerald had kudos for goalkeeper Gandesha Raj for keeping Germania within distance.

Kickers run the gauntlet to make it to the final. They plowed through Barnstonworth Old Boys [3-0], Queens Liberty United [5-0], FC Partizani [4-2], Pele [7-1] and Oceanside 5-4 on penalties in that order.

CFA Philanthropic Fund Recital

Vassilis VarvaresosOn March 19, 2012, the world-renowned Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos performed at a benefit piano recital at Carnegie Hall to thunderous applause. The recital was sponsored by the Cyprus Federation of America with the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America. Named Most Promising Young Greek Artist from the Critics’ Association of Greece, Mr. Varvaresos has been hailed by the Washington Post as a “young master on the rise.” Winner of the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions at the age of 14 (the only Greek that has ever won the auditions), he was, among his many achievements, the soloist with the Athens State Symphony Orchestra, representing Greece on a two-week tour of China, on the occasion of the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games.

Mr. Varvaresos who graciously offered to donate the proceeds from this extraordinary recital to the Cyprus Federation of America’s “Philanthropic Fund,” which provides hospitality services and financial support to children from Cyprus and Greece undergoing comprehensive medical treatment in the United States was received by the community with a thunderous applause. Over 550 people attended this incredible concert and Mr. Varvaresos did not disappoint. Thank you Vassilis!! Bravo!

During these critical financial times in Greece and Cyprus, the generosity of the Greek American Community to people in need has never been greater. The Cyprus Federation of America is once again seeking your generous support through one of the enclosed sponsorship opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

Click this link to download the Sponsorship Form

“Varvaresos not only has a natural yet finely honed technique, it springs as one with the wide scope of profound musicianship. Varvaresos engaged his audience with a performance that sizzled from start to finish. ” – New York Concert Review

VASSILIS VARVARESOS

In December 2010 Mr. Varvaresos was named Most Promising Young Greek Artist from the Critics’ Association of Greece. The dynamic young Greek pianist is also the 1st Prize winner of the Maria Chairogiorgou-Sigara 3rd International Piano Competition, held in Athens in May 2010.

Winner of the coveted First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions at the age of 14, his recital debuts in New York and Washington were acclaimed. The New York Concert Review ended thus: “Following this great program greatly played, Vassilis Varvaresos played a spicy Greek dance with all the exuberance and heartiness of a soul in love with life.” The Washington Post’s headline called him a “Young Master on the Rise.”

Mr. Varvaresos made his sensational New York orchestra debut in 2007 at Lincoln Center performing Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Andreas Delfs. In October 2010, as a special guest of the Archbishop of the Greek-Orthodox Church of America, Mr. Varvaresos appeared with the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra in Chopin’s Piano Concerto in e minor at Alice Tully Hall, while in the winter of 2008 he was asked to be the soloist with the Athens State Symphony Orchestra, representing Greece on a two-week tour of China, on the occasion of the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games. Mr. Varvaresos, on this occasion, performed in front of a total of 6000 people.

Since its American debut at the age of 15, Mr. Varvaresos has performed in virtually all of the United States. Major appearances include recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the 92nd Street Y of New York, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington. This season marks Mr. Varvaresos debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall while he will also be appearing in chamber music concerts at the Morgan Library.

Mr. Varvaresos has written music for ten films, including “Sir John Soane” and “Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments” and for a television series. He has co-authored the musical “Delilah”, while his book “Departure From the Functionality of Syntax” was awarded the Scholastic Distinction Award at the Juilliard School.

Mr. Varvaresos holds a bachelor of music degree and a master of music degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. In May 2011 Mr. Varvaresos received his Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School. He was a student of Jerome Lowenthal, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Robert MacDonald.

Currently residing in Paris, Mr. Varvaresos is pursuing the prestigious Diplôme d’ Artiste-Interpète degree at the Conservatoire Nationale et Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, France. He studies with Michel Dalberto.