Over the past twenty years, George Emmanuel Lazaridis’ many appearances have received great critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike, recognizing him as one of the finest pianists of his generation. His recordings have been rapturously received by the press as “special enough to be beyond comparison” (BBC Music Magazine, Adrian Jack), and of “such drama, power and concentration, that they hold their own even if you stop to consider celebrated recordings of Horowitz, Argerich, Brendel and Zimmerman” (Gramophone Magazine, Bryce Morrison). His recording of the Liszt Sonata in B minor and Paganini Caprices for Linn Records were recently selected among the top 50 best releases of the decade by The Pianist magazine and his release of Schumann’s Papillons on SOMM has been ranked amongst the top five best performances on record, alongside keyboard giants such as Sviatoslav Richter and Claudio Arrau.
Mentored by Yonty Solomon at the Royal College of Music in London, he has also worked with Alfred Brendel, Ruth Nye, Domna Evnouhidou, Paul Badura-Skoda, Noretta Conci Leech and Douglas Finch. From the age of eleven he has received a plethora of prizes, honorary awards and scholarships such as the Jeunes Solistes D’ Europe, Steinway & Sons, Scholarships from the Hattori, Onasis and Leventis Foundations, the RCM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother award and the Chappell Medal (2000), a TCM Fellowship, medals from the prestigious Academy of Athens, the Worshipful Company of Musicians and many more.
Born in Greece in 1978, Lazaridis enjoys a flourishing international career, appearing at the most prestigious concert halls in the US and Mexico to Europe, Russia, Egypt and the Middle East. He has performed with leading orchestras such as the Strasbourg, Hamburg, Qatar, St Petersburg and the Royal Philharmonic, the English, Greek, Warsaw and Munich Symphony Orchestras, the Wiener Kammerorchester, the London Festival Orchestra, the Athens Camerata and many more, under the direction of Sir N. Marriner, I. Metzmacher, Y. Temirkanov, Y. Levi, Th. Guschlbauer, M. Tabachnik, M. Schostakovic, A. Myrat, and others. He has also collaborated with renowned ensembles as well as famous artists such as L. Kavakos, H. Sermet, D. Sgouros, M. Tilson Thomas, J. Vakarelis, C. Katsaris, amongst others. Lazaridis has also performed in many international festivals around the world. Recent international tours have included the Rising Stars concert series in Europe and New York, a tour with the Medici Quartet in Greece and the UK, sequel performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra performing Brahms’s Concerto No. 1 under the direction of Nikolai Alexeev, as well as a concert tour in the USA.
George-Emmanuel Lazaridis has also built a wide reputation as a composer and pedagogue. He has received commissions from various Foundations and Organizations such as the Birmingham New Arts Festival, the Cultural Capital of Europe - Thessaloniki 1997 Organization, the Europa Cantat International Festival, and others. He has given masterclasses in piano performance, body language and the psychology of live interpretation at prestigious universities in England, Greece, and the USA.
He is also co-founder of successful international cultural structures, such as the Music Village International Festival in Mount Pelion, the ADAP International Organization of Artists for Peace and the highly acclaimed Kyklos Ensemble.
Since September 2010, he holds the post of Artistic Director at the Thessaloniki Concert Halls Organization The Megaron, Greece.