The date is set for spring 2022, at Carnegie Hall of New York. Thirteen-year-old Thanos envisages becoming the soloist of top-notch orchestras on a worldwide scale.
He has been chosen as soloist for the concert of selected winners and the award ceremony of the “Golden Classical Music Awards” International Competition, in which he was awarded the first prize. The date is set for spring 2022, at Carnegie Hall of New York, a truly iconic venue, where countless musicians from all over the world dream of performing. The young musician from Thessaloniki, displays a striking maturity of thought, as he believes that “borders are for countries, they do not apply to music.” Kyparos has already traveled to many countries, and despite his young age, he has earned the privilege of performing as soloist at the renowned Wiener Saal of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where he had the chance of acquainting himself with young musicians from all over the world. Thanos was fascinated by this experience, which fueled him with further motivation for personal growth. “I wish that more concerts and competitions would be held in Greece, in order to provide more opportunities to young musicians,” he points out.
As to the upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall, Thanos Kyparos feels honored to be given the chance to perform in the historic NY venue. What pleases him the most, though, is the opportunity to get together with notable people. “I can’t wait to meet children from other countries, with whom we share the common passion for music, to experience this positive vibe and gain new friends.” According to Thanos, the increasing load of daily activities leave hardly no time for children to interact with each other, often creating the impression that every child walks a separate path.
Breaking away from this unspoken rule of “isolation”, Thanos Kyparos is a member of three different orchestras: the Thessaloniki State Conservatory Orchestra, the “Ihohromata” [Timbres] orchestra of Mandoulides Schools, as well as the MOYSA-Thessaloniki Concert Hall Youth Symphony Orchestra. “Every rehearsal at Thessaloniki Concert Hall is a journey beyond the borders of Greece. You feel like a citizen of the world,” he mentions. On their part, Thanos’ parents, Marianthi Emmanouilidou and Dimitris Kyparos, take on the task of prudently coping with any problem that may come up and standing by his side not only in times of success, but in troubled times too, giving a boost to his effort and offering encouragement during the moments when “a feeling of fatigue inevitably takes the upper hand.”
Thirteen-year-old Thanos envisages becoming the soloist of top-notch orchestras on a worldwide scale, wishes to study Composition – a field in which he is already taking his first steps – and Orchestra Conduction, and dreams of teaming up one day with Leonidas Kavakos. On the other hand, all his parents wish for their son in ten years’ time from now is to see him happy and complete. “We pray for him to hold on to the enthusiasm, the inquisitive nature and the creativity that follow him ever since he was a child. To have achieved, through music, a feeling of balance and fulfillment.”
For the time being, besides devoting himself to studying, Thanos makes sure to make the most of his very limited free time. “This way, I am more efficient in my study,” he says. He is fond of table tennis and cycling, but what he enjoys most of all is the company of his friends, with whom they have formed a band, with a repertoire mostly focusing on “artsy” Greek music.” Thanos takes great pleasure in the loose ambiance of their concerts and – espeacially – their rehearsals. “I have no music sheet to stick to. There is a sense of freedom. Nevertheless, what moves me and expresses me the most is classical music,” he concludes.
Who Is Who
Thanos Kyparos was born in Thessaloniki, in 2007. He picked up violin at the age of five, at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki, having Marina Selkova as his teacher. In 2018, he was admitted at the Thessaloniki State Conservatory, under the teaching of Giorgos Petropoulos ever since day one. He has been bestowed with multiple awards, among which stand out the following: 1st prize (ages 13-15) in the “Golden Classical Music Awards” International Competition, 1st prize (ages 9-12) in the “Grand Prize Virtuoso” International Music Competition (Paris 2020), 1st prize (ages 12-13) in the International Online Festival-Competition “All Colors of Art” (Italy, 2020), 1st prize (ages 13-15) in the Fiestalonia Milenio International “Online Wave” Contest (Spain, 2020), 2nd prize (ages 10-13) in the International Moscow Music Competition (Russia, 2020). He has performed as soloist in many concerts and is an active member of the MOYSA-Thessaloniki Concert Hall Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Thodoris Papadimitriou (2016-present day), the Thessaloniki State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Vladimiros Symeonidis (2019-present day) and the “Ihohromata” [Timbres] orchestra of Mandoulides Schools, under the direction of Ioannis Polymeneris (2017-present day).