Cyprien Katsaris, the French-Cypriot pianist and composer, was born in Marseilles. Very young he won the International Young Interpreters Rostrum-UNESCO (Bratislava 1977), the First Prize in the International Cziffra Competition (Versailles 1974).
Since then he performs with the world’s greatest orchestras: The Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewanhaus Orchestra, NHK Orchestra and with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Simon Rattle, Myung Whun Chung, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Antal Doráti, Ivan Fischer, Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Cyprien Katsaris has recorded for Teldec (Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin), Sony Classical, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, BMG-RCA, Decca. On 17 October 1999, the New York concertgoers offered Mr. Katsaris a standing ovation in Carnegie Hall for his recital dedicated to Frédéric Chopin, performed on the day of his 150th death Anniversary.
Cyprien Katsaris is "Artist of UNESCO for Peace " (1977), "Commandeur de l'Ordre de Mérite du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg" (2009) and "Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters"(France 2000). He also received the "Médaille Vermeil de la Ville de Paris" (2001) and the "Nemitsas Prize" (Cyprus 2011). He is a member of ADAP, the Association of Artists for Peace and Honorary President of "Lisztomanias International". In addition he was appointed Artistic Director of the Echternach International Festival (Luxemburg) from 1977 to 2007.