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The pianist Christos Marantos

Christos Marantos was born in Athens in 1980. He lives in Vienna and has one daughter.

Marantos began his career as a pianist at an early age, winning rst prize at the national Youth Choir and Orchestra (‘XON’) competition in Athens at the age of 15 and appearing on a television programme for young musicians on ERT, the Greek state-owned broadcasting corporation.

Marantos studied piano first under Georgios Planton and then for several years under Max Hallecker at the University of Athens Ellinikon Odeon, graduating with distinction in 1999. A period of consolidation with Alexander Jenner in Vienna followed, after which he enrolled at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna to study Instrumental Music Education under Professor Harald Ossberger, graduating at both Bachelor’s and Master’s levels with distinction.

At his public Master’s graduation concert, Marantos performed Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Piano Sonata op. 106 in B at major. The subjects of his undergraduate dissertations were ‘Josef Dichler: intellect and emotion in music?’ and ‘Theodor Leschetizky - life, personality and teaching style, re ected in the statements and artistic characteristics of some of his students’ and he wrote his Master’s thesis on the music of the Greek election campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s.

While at university, Marantos was awarded a scholarship from the Tokyo Foundation. He also attended masterclasses with Bruno Canino, Erik Tawaststjerna, Francesco Mario Possenti, Grzegorz Kurzynski, Vinia Tsopela, Michael Lipp, Georges Pludermacher and Jesper Christensen.

In Mozart Year 2006, Marantos was invited by University of Vienna Vice Rector Dr Christian Ehalt to produce the musical programme for the Vienna Lectures series.

The same year saw him form a piano duo with his former teacher Harald Ossberger. The duo performed many times across Europe and Asia, including at a concert for four hands in 2012 to mark the golden jubilee of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis in Austria in honour of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople.

Marantos has collaborated with Topsy Küppers on projects featuring the music of Chopin and Haydn in Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Israel as well as other projects with actor Bernhard Majzen and Austrian State Theatre actor Karlheinz Hackl in Vienna. He has also performed with opera singer Hans Peter Kammerer and in chamber ensembles with violinists Mario Hossen, Alexander Steinberger, Erich Schlagerl and Christian Altenburger.

In addition, he has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at various festivals in Greece and Austria including the Musikforum Klagenfurt-Viktring, the Naxos Festival and the Aegina International Music Festival.

Marantos was a member of the jury of the nationwide Wendl und Lung piano competition for children in 2008.

In 2011 he recorded a CD of Schumann’s works for piano four-hands with Harald Ossberger on the Gramola label. He has performed widely on television and radio in Austria and Greece, including on the ORF Ö1 Klassik-Treffpunkt programme at the invitation of presenter and music journalist Renate Burtscher, and was featured in an interview in Austrian music magazine Österreichische Musikzeitschrift (ÖMZ) in 2014.

Other collaborations include performances in Peter Burwik’s contemporary music ensemble, Exxj.

Marantos regularly holds masterclasses in the form of ‘Team Teaching’ developed with his piano duo partner Ossberger at institutions such as the Anton Bruckner University for Music, Dance and Theatre, the Carinthian State Conservatorium (KONSE), Musikum Salzburg, the Aswara Academy of Arts in Kuala Lumpur and the College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand.

Since 2009 Christos Marantos has taught piano at the J.S. Bach Music School in Vienna as well as privately.

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