Commemorating EOKA – 1955-1959 Event held on April 6, 2014

Cyprus Federation of America presented concert Cyprus “Musical Filoxenia” at Lincoln Center

By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
Cyprus` Presidency of the EU and the country`s 52nd anniversary of independence were celebrated with an event at the New York City’s Lincoln Center on Wednesday. The event was attended by President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, heads of state and government, ministers, and members of the diplomatic corps, among others.

The whole event was organized by the Cyprus Federation of America in cooperation with the Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the UN and the General Consulate.

The program, titled “Cyprus: Musical Filoxenia”, included a banquet and a recital by the world-renowned French-Cypriot pianist and composer Cyprien Katsaris, with the participation of the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Youth Choir, the Greek-Cypriot baritone Constantinos Yiannoudes and 14-year-old tenor George Ioannou. Congratulating them, President Christofias said all the songs spoke about Cyprus.

Speaking at the event, Barroso said Cyprus has invested much in a successful Presidency of the EU and a stronger Europe. Van Rompuy referred to his friendship with President Christofias and said he would refrain from any political statements.

Cyprus Federation President, Peter Papanicolaou expressed satisfaction for the event, attended by over one thousand people, including Archbishop Demetrios and prominent members of the Greek American Community.

After the event, President Christofias departed from New York.


President of the Republic Demetris Christofias has praised UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his contribution in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem during his term in office.

In a speech at a dinner hosted in his honour by the Cyprus Federation of America on Monday, President Christofias said “irrespective of the difference of opinion, this SG did his utmost to help us promote a solution to the Cyprus issue”.

He said “the SG has been under a lot of pressure to make statements on the procedure of the talks and on convening an international conference, but at the end, I believe we have maintained our positions and pressure from some of our allies has not been successful”.

President Christofias said that international leaders are aware of the Cypriot positions and “unfortunately, our views have been vindicated”.

The Cypriot President praised the role of the Cyprus Federation and its members, noting that it has been very significant and helpful for the government.

“I would like to thank you for our cooperation, not only in the past five years but also the seven years when I was the Speaker of the House of Representatives”, he said. “It was fruitful and effective”, he added.
He also paid tribute to the humanitarian activity of the Federation and the work of the members of the Cypriot community.

President of the Federation, Panicos Papanicolaou praised the cooperation of the Cypriot community with President Christofias and the government in the past five years. “We want to thank you for the cooperation we had in the past five years and the sincerity with which you have handled the problems and the issues we have raised”.

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.

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Cyprus Federation of America: Memorial Service – July 15, 2012 – 38 years later – Cyprus 1974

The Consulate General of the Republic of Cyprus in New York, The Cyprus Federation of America and the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) held the annual Memorial Service commemorating July 20th, 1974 for the people who died during the Turkish invasion.

Archbishop of America Demetrios officiated in the Cathedral of Agios Dimitrios in Astoria, Queens. Addressing the congregation was Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou, Permanent Representative to the United Nations of the Republic of Cyprus. Also in attendance were Consul General of Cyprus Koula Sophianou, Consul of Greece Evangelos Kyriakopoulos, President of the Cyprus Federation, Panicos Papanicolaou, President of PSEKA, Philip Christopher, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the U.N. Ms. Christina Rafti, diplomats Stelios Makriyiannis, Nectarios Soteriou and Constantina Constantinidou. Also attending were Military attaché Mikis Ioannou, Maria Zoupaniotis from the Cyprus Press Office and Greek Trade Commissioner Apostolos Digbasannis, as well as many members of the Cyprus Federation of America.

Photo credit: Demetrios Panagos

Honoring the Freedom Fighters EOKA Struggle 1955-59 April 1, 2012

New York.- (Credit Apostolos Zoupaniotis of the Greek News)

The Cyprus Federation of America held a Memorial Service for the fallen heroes of EOKA, the 57th anniversary of the struggle of the Freedom fighters 1955-59. The event, organized by the CFA and PSEKA and under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Republic of Cyprus in New York, was attended by over 400 people at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Hempstead, New York and officiated by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.

The Defense Minister of Greece, Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, spoke in the church, who described the April 1 day a remembrance for Hellenism in every corner of the globe. Mr. Avramopoulos thanked the Cypriot organizations for inviting him to attend as he was here for an official visit to the U.S. to meet with his U.S. counterpart. “We are with you to share those sacrifices. You made. Referring to the sacrifices of the fighters of EOKA FIGHTERS were INTERRED, the Greek Defense Minister said that such was the Union of Cyprus with Greece, but the coup that followed paved the way to Turkish invaders.

Attending the service were the Chief General of Greece Michalis Kostarakos, the permanent representatives of Cyprus and Greece to the UN Ambassadors Nikos Emiliou and Anastasis Mitsialis, General consuls in Greece and Cyprus, Koula Sofianou and Giorgos Iliopoulos, Mr. Panicos Papanicolaou, President of the Cyprus Federation of America along with the CFA Executive Committee, Mr. Philip Christopher, President of the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus and many leaders of other organizations.

Officiating the service was His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.

The service was followed by a cultural event of the Cyprus Federation of America and PSEKA, under the auspices of the General Consulate of Cyprus for the struggle of EOKA FIGHTERS. Mr. Petros Petridis curated and featured songs, read stories of heroes and documentaries for the fight against the British. Event Chairman, Mr. Peter Louca, CFA Vice President and President of Asgata Association “Cyprus” presented the speakers and also recognized Mr. Andreas Karacostas who was one of the EOKA Freedom Fighters.

The President of the Cyprus Federation of Papanicolaou thanked the St. Paul’s community for hosting the event and stressed that it is our duty to honour those who gave their lives and because of their struggle we and our children can call ourselves Greeks today. Mr. Papanicolaou emphasized that His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has always stayed beside us and is willing to help wherever he is and always speaks about Cyprus.

The President of PSEKA Mr. Philip Christopher stressed that 57 years ago, the Greek Cypriots joined together and began a struggle for the freedom of Cyprus and that the fight continues today. He asks everyone to join in the battle and meet with Washington officials to speak about Cyprus until the fight is not over.

The General Consul of Greece Mr. Iliopoulos underlined that we pledge to continue the struggle until the liberation of occupied Cyprus. He stressed that Greece will always be present and they will not forget that Cyprus is one of their first priorities.

Greeting was given by the new Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN Ambassador Nicolas Emiliou, who arrived Saturday in New York City and assumed his duties today. Mr. Emiliou expressed joy that after his first day in New York, he joined his expatriates who are celebrating a day for Cyprus and that after 57 years; the soul of the Greeks in Cyprus began a struggle against a mighty Empire for liberty of their homeland. Unfortunately, after 57 years the struggle still continues with the homeland divided as a result of the Turkish invasion and occupation but the struggle remains high until freedom is restored in place and restore human rights. We commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives for freedom but we continue our struggle every day and this is the best we can do for the memory of those people who have given their lives for the fatherland. The Ambassador pledged his support and we will continue to support the struggle until Cyprus is free.

Archbishop Demetrios spoke of the heroes of EOKA FIGHTERS and stressed that, based on the life and the work they should formally be recognized as national heroes and martyrs. The Archbishop said that he will pressure the U.S. Administration to put an end to this injustice.

Cyprus Federation of America 40th National Convention

Attended by representatives from across America, the Cyprus Federation of America held their 40th National Convention on Saturday, March 24th at Terrace on the Park. Attending the conference were His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America, Minister of Justice of The Republic of Cyprus Mr. Loukas Louca, Ambassador of Greece, Vassilis Kaskarelis, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus Pavlos Anastasiades, Ambassador to the U.N. Minas Hadjimichael, Council Generals of Greece and Cyprus, Mr. George Iliopoulos and Ms. Koula Sophianou, Consul of Greece Evangelos Kyriakopoulos, Parliamentarians Elias Karanikas from Evritania and Nicos Panagiotopoulos from Kavala,Greece and Pseka President, Philip Christopher.

President Peter Papanicolaou confirmed the positive work of the Federation and member chapters and congratulated them all in promoting Cyprus and actively holding cultural activities, and helping the youth and many charitable organizations. During the Conference the Presidents of clubs reported on their yearly activities.

Mr. Papanicolaou stated “As President I feel proud because this organization has been built on sound foundations in order to ensure the continuity for our community in the USA. I am very pleased to hear from both expatriates and Americans praise for our Organization and the work of the Federation”. Mr. Papanicolaou stated that the Cypriot community has developed a very important work in relation to the Cyprus problem and has been involved in American political life and gained access to Washington, in Congress and in the White House.

What counts in American politics and to make things happen “we must help with votes and money”. Even though we are a small community, we have power and there are several of us who pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to have these opportunities. Much more work needs to start from the local level up.. Mr. Papanicolaou stated that we must now intensify our work because Turkey has organized well at all levels in America.

The President of PSEKA, Philip Christopher, said that since the invasion of 1974, the Organization and its members have embarked on a journey, but unfortunately still have not reached their destination. The destination has not changed and for 37 years we have fought hard but Lapithos, Kerynia, Apostolos Andreas, Morphou, and Famagusta are still occupied. For 37 years we support the Government of Cyprus and the democratically elected President and even though you may not always agree with manipulations in Cyprus we must remain together in unison because of our common goal. “What we must resist all together is the aim of Turkey for annexation of occupied Cyprus. And this message should be sent to Congress “. He said that now that the Turkey talks about annexation, gives us the opportunity to change and progress. Mr. Christopher also mentioned the positive developments, such as the issue of natural gas and of cooperation with Cyprus and Israel, urging everyone to continue the struggle.

The Minister of Justice: “Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership insist to submit proposals that invalidate the convergences which achieved substantial capital of Cyprus, or evade the debate on key issues, causing a serious setback and undoing whatever progress had been achieved in the talks,” Mr. Loukas Loucas said in his speech.

The Minister representing the Cyprus Government, conveyed to the community warm greetings of the President of the Republic, Mr. Christofias, and of the people of Cyprus and their sincere thanks for the continued support and solidarity of the Omogenia, to repeated efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, the discharge of Cyprus by the Turkish occupation and unification.

“This race serves consistently from the first moment of his or her duties, by taking initiatives to exit from deadlock and reach a solution as soon as possible. A concerted and mutually agreed solution of the Cyprus problem, under, bi-zonal Federation. A solution fair, functional and sustainable, which ends the occupation and settlement, will reunite the territory, people, institutions and the economy, and ensures and preserves a member with a domination, a nationality and one international personality on the basis of political equality as defined in the relevant resolutions of the Council.

The Cyprus Federation honored departing Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael at the convention who was transferred to Berlin.

Greek Independence Day Parade 2012

Greek Independence Day Parade 2012The Cyprus Federation of America proudly marched in the Greek Independence Day Parade on Sunday, March 25th with all it’s chapter members. The Cyprus Federation of America thanks the Parade’s 2012 Grand Marshall Senator Bob Menendez for his continued support for all things Cypriots and his support for our Greek Heritage. Thank you Senator Menendez.

Cyprus Federation Donates Books to Queens Library

Cyprus Federation Donates Books to Queens LibraryThe Cyprus Federation of America donated over 100 copies of the hardcover book, “Cyprus Crossroads of Civilizations”, to the Queens Library that will be distributed to over 62 of their branches. The book was published on the occasion of 50 years of Cyprus Independence and was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Peter Papanicolaou, CFA President, pointed out that the book is over 300 pages and is a beautiful book explaining the over 10,000 history of Cyprus and illustrates the antiquities in fine detail. Mr. Tom Galante, President & CEO and Queens Library Foundation Executive Director Diana Chapin gratefully accepted the donation. Mr. Galante thanked the CFA for this wonderful donation and would welcome more books about Cyprus.

The book will be included in the frame of expedition “Buy a book” and it will constitute the first phase of donation of Cypriot books. The Consul General of Cyprus Koula Sophianou stated that this is a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn about the rich history of Cyprus. Mr. Costas Constantinides was instrumental in organizing this event.

Attending the event were CFA members including Despina Axiotakis, CFA General Secretary, Ms. Sophia Cotzia, Executive Director of PSEKA, Mr. Nikos Tziazas, Mr. Kyriacos Papastylianou, Mr. Angelos Angeli. Mr. Papanicolaou offered tickets to the children visiting the library to attend the upcoming Vassilis Varvaresos piano concert at Carnegie Hall.

General Greek Consul Aghi Balta Awarded in NY

The Cyprus Federation of America held a farewell reception for the General Consul of Greece in NY, Mrs. Aghi Balta and was attendeded by the Greek-Cypriot Community on Thursday, December 22, for her 4 years of service to the community. The President Mr. Panicos Papaicolaou and the CFA board awarded Mrs. Balta with a replica of the Kyrenia Ship, a photo album of all the events she attended and spent with them and a camera to take with her as a memento.

Before the members of the boards of the Greek-American and Greek-Cypriot Communities, the Archbishop of America Demetrios and several other attendees, Mrs. Balta accepted the honoring award and commented that she was very touched by the honor bestowed upon her.

“Greece is a country with a millennia long history. Its cultural heritage is its unique strength. We need to trust this strength for the future. Soon our country will get back on its feet. We have your support. We have Greece. The Greeks of America are an exceptional example of what the Greek people is capable of achieving. Be strong and have faith,” said Mrs. Balta.

The Greek Consul has received special awards from other organizations, such as the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA), the Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Asgata Association “Cyprus’ in an event held at  “Terrace On The Park”.

Mrs. Balta was loved by the entire Greek Community in NYC and they all thanked her for all she has done for the community and helped with their problems during the past 4 years.

Mrs. Balta will be serving in Chile beginning in January 10, 2012, in order to represent Greece in the Latin American country for the next 4 years. Her place in NY will be covered by diplomat Mr. George Heliopoulos.

Photo credits: Greek American News Photo Agency DIMITRIOS S. PANAGOS

The Cyprus Federation of America honors Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

The Cyprus Federation of America held their Annual Gala Dinner on Friday, September 23rd at Terrace on the Park. During the Gala Dinner, the Cyprus Federation of America honored Maryland Senator Ben Cardin for his long standing support towards Greece and Cyprus in the US Congress. His predecessor Senator Paul Sarbanes made the presentation.
Attending the event and presenting the award was President Demetris Christofias who congratulated the US Senator and thanked all other US politicians who addressed the Gala expressing their support towards Cyprus.
He paid special tribute to the efforts of the Cyprus Federation and the Cypriots of America for staying united and fighting for Cyprus.  His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios also attended and presented the award along with President Christofias and President of the CFA, Mr. Peter Papanicolaou.
The event’s MC was Andy Manatos. Also present at the event were, Foreign Minister Erato Markoullis, Cyprus Government Spokesman Stefanos Stefanou, Ambassadors Minas Hajjimichael and Pavlos Anastasiades, Congressman Mike Grimm, State Senator Michael Gianaris, State Assembywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, Consul Generals of Greece and Cyprus Aghi Balta and Koula Sofianou, AHEPA Supreme President John Grossomanides, the Presidents of the Hellenic Federations of New York and New Jersey Elias Tsekerides and Tasso Efstratiades etc.

A Very Successful Program of Remembrance by Cypreco on the Occasion of the 37th Tragic Anniversary of the Turkish Invasion

A Full House of Guests Attended to Declare That They “Never Forget”.

Despite the July heat wave, a full house of guests, dignitaries, Greek and Cypriot officials, as well as New York State Elected officials responded to CYPRECO’s invitation and attended the organization’s special public service remembrance program on Cyprus on July 20, 2011, the date which marked the 37th tragic anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion and subsequent occupation of the northern part of the island. [Read more…]

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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!

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“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


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.