GRIGORIOS ZAMPARAS is an internationally-known concert pianist who has received critical acclaim for his versatile performing career as a recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician. He has performed with symphony orchestras in his native Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, the former Yugoslavia, Russia, Latin America, South Korea, and the US. He is a frequent guest at numerous festivals worldwide and has been featured as a soloist in more than twenty different concerti with orchestra. Since 1993, he has been a guest artist at the Portoheli International Summer Festival in Portoheli, Greece, where he has performed more than 200 works, including compositions for solo piano, chamber music and concerti. His recordings have been released by Centaur Records. Mr. Zamparas is a tenured Associate Professor of Music at the University of Tampa, where he oversees the piano program. He is also the pianist with the Trio de Minaret, a chamber music ensemble-in-residence at the university.
He began studying music at the age of seven in Greece, where he received his first piano degree in 1995, studying with the famous Greek pedagogue Yorgos Manessis. Dr. Zamparas completed his doctoral degree at the University of Miami, studying with pianist Ivan Davis, and with whom he gave several duo-piano recitals. Mr. Zamparas also holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Indianapolis and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has also studied with Professor Evelyne Brancart and taken lessons with such prestigious pianists as Byron Janis, Julia and Konstantin Ganev, Zeyda R. Suzuki and Arnaldo Cohen. Mr. Zamparas made his Newport debut in 2005 and returns for his ninth consecutive superlative Newport season.