Alternative Stage

2018 GNO Alternative Stage Piano Festival

Piano & Jazz

A collaboration with the Thessaloniki Piano Festival

6, 7, 13, 20, 21, 24, 25 November 2018

Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Starts at: 20.30

6, 7, 13, 20, 21 November 2018
Alexandra Papastefanou (6.11)
Giorgos Kontrafouris (7.11)
Nikolas Anadolis (13.11)
Achilleas Wastor (20.11)
Lola Totsiou (21.11)


24, 25 November 2018
With: Antonis Anisegos, Charalambos Angelopoulos, Dimitris Theocharis (piano)
Maria Mitsopoulou (soprano)
With the participation of select members of the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Vladimiros Symeonidis

Upcoming artists (at 18.00, free admission) Pavlos Sifnaios (7.11), Andreas Foivos Apostolou (21.11)
Young artists (at 18.00, free admissionNick Venner, Dionysis Pantis (6.11), Nikolas Pappas, Dimitris Farmakis (13.11), Safira Antzus-Ramos, Stathis Chomatsas (20.11)

Artistic curator Charalambos Angelopoulos

The “PIANO FESTIVAL OF THE GNO ALTERNATIVE STAGE” forms part of the OPERATION “FESTIVAL EVENTS OF THE GNO ALTERNATIVE STAGE” (MIS 5004053) coded 2017ΕΠΑ08510107 (Objective 06 of the “ATTICA” O.P.) and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and National Funds.

Founding Donor of the Alternative Stage:   

Ticket prices: €12, €15
Students, children: €8 

Ticket prices: €12, €15
Students, children: €8

    Founding Donor of the Alternative Stage:



  • Alexandra Papastefanou

    Alexandra Papastefanou

  • Giorgos Kontrafouris

    Giorgos Kontrafouris

  • Nikolas Anadolis

    Nikolas Anadolis

  • Achilleas Wastor

    Achilleas Wastor

  • Lola Totsiou

    Lola Totsiou

For a second year, the GNO Alternative Stage Piano Festival, in collaboration with the Thessaloniki Piano Festival, revisits a theme that has determined the course of “the king of instruments” over the 20th century: Piano & Jazz. The Festival’s inclusive programme comprises five recitals by outstanding soloists with an international career and two major concerts dedicated to the top jazz composer, George Gershwin. 

While the triumphant advent of jazz led it to appropriate piano as its main instrument, an opposite influence became manifest on the composers of intellectual music. Impressed by the dynamism of the new folk music idiom, intellectual music composers quickly integrated the harmonic and rhythmic elements of jazz into their compositions, breathing thus new life into classical music.

The 2018 GNO Alternative Stage Piano Festival will centre both on the jazz-influenced repertoire of intellectual music composers, and on jazz pianists who will present their own personal approach to the classical piano repertoire. The festival’s two main concerts constitute a tribute to the work for piano and orchestra of one of the greatest 20th-century American composers, George Gershwin. Starting from some of Gershwin’s most popular compositions such as the Rhapsody in Blue and the Concert in F, an osmosis of the classical repertoire with the jazz culture and improvisation will be attempted.
The Festival’s parallel actions include a three-day masterclass with members of the Piandaemonium ensemble, afternoon concerts of up-and-coming soloists, as well as concerts of young artists that will be selected through auditions.