Nefeli Mousoura - Pianist
Greek Pianist Nefeli Mousoura was born in Athens, and started taking piano lessons at the age of four. She currently shares her time between Athens and Salzburg ,where she gives recitals and chamber music concerts.
As a soloist she has performed with orchestras such as the Athens State Symphony Orchestra, the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Greece, the Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra Bacau, the Municipality of Athens Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Patras, the Orpheus Kammerorchester Wien, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonieorchester der Universitaet Mozarteum. With this orchestra she participated as a soloist in a DVD production with Bach's Concertos.
Nefeli has performed in Greece, Austria, France, Italy and Germany. She has appeared, among others, in piano festivals such as the "Nafplion Festival”, the “Thessaloniki Piano Festival”, the "Piano at its forte" in Athens and the renown piano festival "Klavierfrühling" in Deutschlandsberg, Austria. Nefeli is also an ardent chamber musician. Highlight of her chamber music concerts is her collaboration with violonist Ivry Gitlis.
Since the age of eight she has been the recipient of many awards at piano competitions in her homeland (first prizes at the "Ministry of Education Piano Competition", at the "Young Greek Pianists' Competition" in Andros,at the "Philon" Competition in Athens, third prize at the international "Konzerteum" Piano Competition).
She has also won Prizes in International Competitions such as the Campillos International Competition in Spain and the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition.
Nefeli has also been awarded the prestigious ‘Prize for Young Pianists’ awarded by the Academy of Athens. She is also the recipient of scholarships awarded by the Onassis Foundation, the Education and European Culture Foundation, the Athens Megaron Music Friends Society and the Gina Bachauer Foundation.
Nefeli has made recordings for the Greek Radio and has appeared on the greek television. She has also participated as a pianist in the documentary “Salzburg 200” of the Austrian Radio and Television of ORF.
She has received lessons from Elisso Virsaladze, Jacques Rouvier and Steven Kovacevich. Nefeli was also chosen from Mozarteum University to participate at a Masterclass with Paul Badura Skoda and play for the Inauguration of the Bösendorfer Saal in Salzburg.
Nefeli received her Piano Diploma in Athens with Honors, under the guidance of pianist Anastasios Pappas from the "Kodaly Conservatory". She continued her studies with Rolf Plagge graduating from the University Mozarteum of Salzburg with Bachelor Degree and Master Degree in Solo Piano Performance with highest Distinction. She is also a graduate of Bachelor Degree in Musicology from the Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Nefeli is currently involved in the Postgraduate Program for Piano Solo Performance in Mozarteum University of Salzburg in the class of Professor Imre Roman.