Rena Kyriakou

Biography

Born: 1917 Died: 1994
Country: Crete, Greece Period: 20th Century
Rena Kyriakou was drawn toward the piano as well as to music composition at an early age. She gave her first public recital at age 6 in Athens, performing her own composition, "Twelve Piano Pieces." Studies followed in Vienna under Paul Weingarten and Richard Stöhr and then in Paris under Henri Büsser and Isidor Philipp.

By the age of sixteen, she had already won first prize for piano performance at the Conservatoire National de Paris. Known primarily as a pianist, Kyriakou actually maintained a dual career and both pianist and composer. Her compositions include numerous solo piano pieces such as the Phantaisie, Op. 14 and Perpetuum mobile, Op. 15, as well as a Piano Concerto. Rena Kyriakou also became a specialist in the colorful music of Emmanuel Chabrier as well as recording a splendid survey of the sophisticated music of Felix Mendelssohn.

She recorded and performed publicly on a variety of instruments, including Steinway but her favored recording instrument was a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand from which she drew subtle shades and tone colors as well as evenly balanced forte passages. Rena Kyriakou past away in August of 1994 in Athens and her recordings, occasionally reissued, have become collector's items.
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