Piano Instructor – Southlake Studio
Greek American concert pianist Spyros Karavias started to play the piano when he was 9 years old, performing his first solo recital a year later with works of Bach, Mozart and Chopin. At age 13, after having won two national piano competitions with distinction, he made his concerto debut with the Greek National Radio Orchestra performing Mozart’s piano concerto no. 24 in C minor. The following year he performed Rachmaninoff’s piano concerto no.2 in C minor with the Orchestra of Colors at Athens Megaron concert hall. Spyros has won prizes and awards in competitions in Greece, Italy and Austria and has performed solo recitals in England, Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Czech Republic and Spain.
He is equally at home with standard repertoire and new music. He enjoys composing, accompanying singers and instrumentalists. Spyros is also a dedicated piano teacher and believes in a healthy and balanced approach between technique and music interpretation. He has taught piano and theory lessons for many years in Salzburg, Austria and has had successful results with many of his students winning first prizes in local and national competitions.
Spyros has taken lessons and participated in masterclasses and piano festivals around the world with famous pianists and renowned pedagogues such as Eliso Virsaladze, Leonid Margarius, Pavel Gililov, Andrej Jasinski, Peter Lang, Rolf Plagge, Judy Chin-Cottet, Olivier Gardon, Daniel Pollack, Paul Hoffman, Paul Posnak, and Alan Feinberg among others.
He earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Piano Performance & Pedagogy (both summa cum laude) at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria studying with Prof. George Kern, distinguished pianist and student of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne. Currently he resides in Denton Texas, where he pursues a Doctoral degree in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas with Dr. Steven Harlos.
Spyros Karavias is a member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and Music Teachers National Association.