Louis Demetrius Alvanis began his early studies with his father Donis Alvanis. He gave his first public performance at the South Bank Centre's Purcell Room when he was nine years old whilst studying with the Leschetizky disciple Rose Inlander-Gover. He later played to Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau where he attended her masterclasses. At sixteen he was admitted to Gordon Green's piano class at the Royal Academy of Music in London and completed his studies there winning top prizes in both piano and composition.
Within a substantial repertoire, he also encompasses frequent performances of works by contemporary composers which he has commissioned or premiered. He has also given recitals and masterclasses at most of the UK’s principal conservatoires and universities.
His playing has been broadcast by the BBC, ITV (Thames), Classic FM, NTV Japan, Polish Television and Radio, Swiss Television, French Radio, Netherlands Radio, ERT, CBC (Greece and Cyprus) and Radio New Zealand amongst many others, in addition to recitals at the Queen’s House, Greenwich and St John’s Smith Square, both of which were recorded live by Classic FM. A documentary about his work has also been broadcast on the Cable Television network. He is a recipient of the Hellenic Foundation Arts Award and more recently appeared on the front cover of International Piano Magazine as featured artist.
The Daily Telegraph critic described his playing as "a truly astonishing fire and force" whilst the Evening Standard reviewer wrote "Amid shimmering right hand chords, Alvanis picked out essential melodic lines and daubed them onto the evening, like a graffiti artist out on a spraying spree. His touch was magical. The music swelled powerfully and the piano roared... the sound is with me still”.
His recordings appear on the Meridian and Brilliant Classics labels, and comprise piano music by Brahms , Schumann and Chopin as well as “Piano Colours”, a CD featuring piano music by contemporary British composer Jonathan FeBland.
His CD recording for Meridian featuring Brahms Hungarian Dances Nos 11-21 was rated excellent for performance and sound by BBC Music Magazine:“ the dances cry out for sensitive, expressive, witty rubato and precisely judged tempo changes, and he provides these admirably as if he’d spent his life as a gypsy fiddler. He also brings to bear an impressive range of keyboard colour...Alvanis’s poetry and plasticity of line are much to be prized”. International Piano magazine remarked “he produces some magical sonorities that match exactly the celestial quality of Brahms's inspiration”.
Earlier this year, Meridian released his recording of Chopin’s Three Piano Sonatas, about which Fanfare Magazine, wrote: “this is playing of a gifted and greatly cultivated Chopin pianist”, whilst Music Web wrote: “this is a very fine Chopin disc and can hold its own amongst the best".
Louis Demetrius Alvanis is a Steinway Artist.
Photos by: Paolo Vairo