Panos Karan

Pianist, founder of Keys of Change

Panos Karan was born on the island of Crete in 1982. He was brought up in Athens, where he started piano lessons at age seven and very soon distinguished himself. He received his musical education at the Royal Academy of Music. He made his professional debut in the South Bank Centre, London at the age of 19 and in 2004 he was a laureate at the “Jose Iturbi” International Piano Competition in Valencia, Spain, after performing in the final round with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra.

Panos keeps a busy performing schedule in Europe and the rest of the world. Past appearances include the South Bank Centre in London, the St. Petersburg Hermitage Theatre, the Athens Megaron Recital Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Oji Hall, as well as three solo recitals at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall). In 2007 Panos presented the complete cycle of the Beethoven Concertos with the St. John’s Festival Orchestra in the UK.

In December 2009 Panos Karan recorded his debut album of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Orion Symphony Orchestra. In January 2011 Panos returned to the Athens Megaron Hall for a sensational performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Athens State Orchestra, which received great critical acclaim.

In January 2011 Panos founded the non- profit organization Keys of Change with the motto “Can music change the world? We believe it can.” Panos has already completed six projects for Keys of Change in the Amazon River, Northeastern Japan, Uganda and Sierra Leone.