The Greek pianist Janis Vakarelis enjoys a major international career since winning the 1st Prize at the Queen Sofia International Piano Competition in Madrid with appearances in Europe, North and South America, Japan and the Far East.
He has worked with many eminent conductors such as Sir S. Rattle, L. Maazel, K. Masur, M. Rostropovitch, Lord Y. Menuhin, Sir C. Davis, Sir N. Marriner, Ch. Dutoit, V. Ashkenazy, Ch. Eschenbach, and M. Janowski. He has performed with leading orchestras such as the Staatskappelle Dresden, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, Mozarteum Salzburg, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic of London, Royal Philharmonic of Liverpool, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, St.Martin-in-the Fields etc.
He performs at all the most prestigious halls -Musikverein Vienna, Festspielhaus Salzburg, Berliner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Zürich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall as well as in the most important international festivals.
As a chamber musician, Janis Vakarelis has worked with artists like Y. Bashmet, S. Isselis, M. Maisky, H. Schiff, Vl. Spivakov, A. Dumay, M. Portal as well as with the most prestigious ensemble quartets. Appearances in recent seasons included his debut with Z. Mehta, E. P. Salonen, S. Oramo Y. Sado, V. Fedoseev, N. Alexeev, his debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York as well as a series of master classes at the Cornell University and Bard College in the USA. Janis Vakarelis has recorded extensively over the years for RCA (Brahms, Prokofiev), ASV (Brahms), RPO Records (Liszt, Prokofiev, Gershwin), which earned him extraordinary reviews in Gramophone, Classical Music and Diapason.
Janis Vakarelis is also Artistic Director of the Nafplion International Music Festival in Greece, which he founded in 1991. The President of Greece presented Janis Vakarelis with the Order of the Golden Phoenix for his services to music.