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Alexandros Koustas (viola) with Ourania Gassiou (piano)

Wed Feb 1st 2012, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Alexandros Koustas

Alexandros Koustas studied at the Royal Academy of Music. During his studies he was awarded both viola prizes of the Academy. As a soloist he has performed concertos in Romania, Greece and the UK, including a concerto for Spitalfields Festival. He was also a prize winner in the last Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. Alexandros has participated in the festivals of Santander (Spain) Orlando (Netherlands) and Langvad (Denmark). As a member of the Brodowski quartet he won the Bulldog fellowship at the Trinity College of Music and also reached the finals of the Royal Overseas League. Alexandros has appeared as a guest principal with the City of Birmingham and the English National Ballet orchestras. He also regularly plays with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the BBC Symphony and the Royal Opera House. During 2009–2010 he was a resident artist the Banff Centre, Canada, where he performed as a soloist and chamber musician. Future plans include tours to Europe with the Academy St Martin and a performance of the Walton viola concerto with the Athens State Orchestra.

Ourania Gassiou

Ourania Gassiou was born in Athens and studied the piano at the Nakas Conservatory, where she graduated in 1999 with the highest distinction. She studied the organ with Nicolas Kynaston at the Athens Concert Hall with a three-year scholarship awarded by the “Friends of Music Society”. In 2004 she received an entrance scholarship to study under Nicolas Kynaston at the Royal Academy of Music. Whilst at the Academy she received several of the major prizes and awards and also a scholarship from the “Alexandros Onassis Public Benefit Foundation”. She graduated from the Postgraduate course with Distinction and she was awarded the Dip RAM, the most prestigious award for an outstanding final recital. She was also nominated as the Pidem Organ Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2006 she was awarded the Eric Thompson Trust Grant to continue private tuition with Johannes Geffert in Cologne and Susan Landale in London.

Ourania has won Third Prize in the International Organ Competition of St.Maurice and First Prize in the Mediterranean Piano Competition of Andros. She has performed in several venues in the UK, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Slovakia both as a soloist as well as with orchestras. She has participated in a recording project by the Royal Academy of Music with music by English composers.

She is currently teaching at Westminster Cathedral Choir School and is the organist of the French Protestant Church of London.

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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