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Asteriadou, Nikkanen to perform recital

March 4, 2013

 KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Pianist Maria Asteriadou and violinist Kurt Nikkanen will offer a joint recital on March 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Old Main, room 163 (the Georgian room).  The event is free and open to the public.

Asteriadou performs worldwide in major concert halls throughout the United States, South America, Canada, and Europe. She has appeared in recitals and as a soloist in orchestras such as the Moscow Radio Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony of Costa Rica, the Stuttgart Kamerata, and the Adrian (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra. With her husband Nikkanen, she showcases composers from Bach to Piazzolla.

Asteriadou has received several awards, including first prize in performance from the State Consevatory of Greece and top prize in the Maria Callas International Piano Competition. She is also the only pianist selected from the Musik Hochschule in Freiburg to perform in honor of Maestro Pierre Boulez. As a member of the Kutztown University community, she is the artistic director of the KU Summer Chamber Music Festival and serves as director of the Chamber Music Outreach Program.

She holds a doctorate of musicals arts from the Manhattan School of Music and received her masters of music degree from the Juilliard School. She earned her Graduate Soloist Diploma with honors from the Musik Hochschule.

Nikkanen began his violin studies at age three, and by age twelve gave his Carnegie Hall debut performing with the New York Symphony. He now receives regular invitations from the leading orchestras and presenters in the USA and Europe. He has also toured Japan and the Far East. His appearances in North America have been with the Dallas Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra, among others.

In 2011, Nikkanen was featured as soloist in a performance of the Barber Violin Concerto and Ravel Tzigane with the Turku Philharmonic in a live webcast that was streamed worldwide. He performed the world premiere of Mikko Heinio's concerto Alla Madre in 2009 and subsequently recorded it for Sony Classical. He is the Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and maintains a private teaching studio in New York.

Asteriadou and Nikkanen live together in New York with their son and daughter.