Ellada – Angelina Pavlou is a Greek pianist currently based in Vienna, Austria.
Born in Xanthi, Greece Ellada started piano lessons at the age of five with Antigoni Milaraki, Giannoula Papazoglou and later with Professor George-Julius Papadopoulos. During her studies, Ellada had masterclasses and lessons with Giorgia Alessandra Brustia, Nikolai Demidenko, Peter Donohoe, Barry Douglas, Margaret Fingerhut, Stephen Hough, Leon McCawley, Hamish Milne, Pascal Nemirovski, Ilya Poletaev, Pascal Roge, Jerome Rose, Martino Tirimo and Vassilis Varvaressos. She pursued her Bachelor studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, where she studied with Gabriele Baldocci and Katya Lebedeva and completed her postgraduate studies at Royal Northern College of Music under the guidance of professor Murray McLachlan, by which she was awarded a Master of Music degree and a Postgraduate Diploma. Currently, she is studying under the tutelage of Herbert Rüdisser. She has won awards and prizes in several piano competitions including 1st prize and a scholarship at Kozani International Music Festival 2014, 2nd prize at the 4th Pan-Hellenic Competition Maria Cherogiorgou-Sigara 2012. She was a finalist in the 2017 intercollegiate John Longmire Beethoven Piano Competition. Ellada received the 3rd prize at Semi-Annual Philadelphia International Music Festival and a scholarship to the 2022 Philadelphia International Music Festival. She is Stavros Niarchos Foundation, a Dorothy Smith and HelpMusicians Scholar, and has been supported by the Berry Award and the Helen Rachel Mackaness Charitable Trust.
Ellada regularly performs in concerts, playing solo piano repertoire and chamber music. During her undergraduate studies, she formed “Duo Haliotis” with Christos Fountos, performing repertoire for piano 4-hands and two pianos. She has played as an orchestral pianist with Trinity Laban Winds Orchestra, including a performance at Blackheath Halls. For two years Ellada was an orchestral pianist for the Northern Film Orchestra in Manchester,UK. In 2022, she formed duo “Elva” with the Austrian flutist Vanessa Gasser.
Her performances inter alia, include the Athens Concert Hall, the ‘Musical Odyssey,’ Festival in Nafplio and Manos Hadjidakis’ house in Xanthi, Greece; the “Giovani in Musica” Festival in Grosseto, Italy; the Bridgewater Hall, the Chetham’s School of Music, the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building in Oxford, the Royal Academy of Arts in the frame of the Oceania exhibition 2018, the Polish Heart Club, the Pushkin House and the Hellenic Centre, UK. For the last 2 years, Ellada is a regular performer at the Teatro di Marcello in Rome as part of the Concerti di Tempietto Festival. Her interest in contemporary music led her to participate in Trinity Laban’s New Lights Piano Festival which hosted Michael Finnissy. In February 2019, she performed at Tate Modern Museum as part of a collaborative project between musicians, dancers and architects. She has also participated in the anniversary Debussy Festival and the Brahms Festival at Trinity Laban. At the Pushkin House in London she had the unique opportunity to work on Russian repertoire with the Canadian pianist Ilya Poletaev. In July 2019, she performed at Sala “A. B. Michelangeli” in Monteverdi Conservatory, Bolzano Italy. Her latest performances were in Tarnow, Poland, and Lower Austria.
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Programme F.Schubert Impromptu op.90 in E flat Major L van Betthoven Sonata op.78 S.Rachmaninov Preludes op.32 no.5 and no.12 S.Rachmaninov Variations on a theme of Corelli F.Chopin Waltz op.69 no.1 A.Ginastera Danzas Argentinas
F.Schubert Impromptu op.90 in E flat Major
L van Betthoven Sonata op.78
S.Rachmaninov Preludes op.32 no.5 and no.12
S.Rachmaninov Variations on a theme of Corelli
F.Chopin Waltz op.69 no.1
A.Ginastera Danzas Argentinas
My experience as a private teacher has taught me the importance of adapting to every student’s individual goals and needs. My students have varied from 4-year-old beginners to adults wanting to pick up a hobby. I am also able to help students who might struggle with performance anxiety; the significance of performing with a healthy mind and body holds great importance for me with my students.
While I teach in line with the ABRSM and Trinity exams, I believe it is imperative to look beyond these systems and encourage students to explore other musical paths that will stimulate them both musically and creatively as people. I incorporate Suzuki and Kodály methods into my teaching, as well as analysis, theory, composition and aural work which I try to tailor for particular student’s needs. I believe first and foremost in teaching my students to become well-rounded musicians and individuals which is why I design my lessons individually for each student. This is exactly what I love about my work. Everyone brings something different to the table with their own interests, strengths and talents. It is important to me that music can become a personal expression that fits the person making it.