On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 8 p.m. Carnegie Hall hosted the 2018 Golden Classical Music Awards Invited Winners List. It was there, at the Weill Recital Hall that 6-year-old Stelios Kerasidis played Chopin valse la minor and became the youngest Greek musician of all time to play at Carnegie Hall. He was also awarded first prize in at the Awards.
The 2018 Golden Classical Music Awards collaborated with the renowned International Music Competition “Grand Prize Virtuoso” based in Europe, and the competition was open to all nationalities and ages in strings, piano, wind and vocal. The categories were divided into different age groups: Young Musician (8 years old and under), Junior (9 to 12 years old), Intermediate (13 to 15 years old), Advanced (16 to 18 years old) and Senior (no age limit).
After traveling from Athens, Greece to New York City, New York, Stelios Kerasidis managed to accomplish one of many landmarks in his young career and life with his performance at Carnegie Hall. Stelios has also won the prestigious first prize in the international piano competition “Citta di Spoleto” in Itlay.
Music is in Stelios’ blood, as his father is a piano soloist and teacher, and his father has said that Stelios started playing the piano when he was a baby and had his first official lesson at age three.
Now, just 3 years later, Stelios’ favorite composers are Chopin, Beethoven, and Bach. He has performed in front of audiences that most professional musicians (who are adults) can only dream of, such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, as well as playing alongside the Athenian Sinfonietta orchestra.
He became known in his native Greece when he took part in the TV show “Greece’s Got Talent”, where he demonstrated his talent and passion for the piano to an impressed audience.
Now, Stelios has an entire nation following him and cheering him on, anxious to see all that he will accomplish with his passion for music.
Check out Stelios playing Chopin valse la minor at Carnegie Hall: