Katerina Assimis was born in London, of Greek parents. She was introduced to the piano at an early age by her mother, herself a pianist.
After finishing the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she was awarded the first prize for leavers. She then went on to study music at Kings College, University of London, where she graduated with honours, including a first degree for her special subject, piano performance. She followed these studies with three years in Austria where, at the Hoch Schule of Music & Drama in Graz, she worked with the Brazilian Pianist Sebastian Benda. Since graduating in 1993, Katerina has again made her home in London where she continues her career with concerts, recitals, and working with Martino Tirimo. She has given numerous solo and chamber recitals, as well as orchestral concerts in Greece, Austria, Germany, Australia and England.
From the early days of the founding of the Macedonian Society of Great Britain, Katerina has been an active supporter of this, and associated societies. In London she was a member of the first committee, and 1995, she was invited to Australia to participate, with a solo recital, in the opening ceremony of the third International Conference on Byzantine Studies, at the national Gallery of Melbourne. In November, last year, she was a member of the chamber orchestra which played in Dusseldorf for the North Rhenish Macedonian Society of Westphalia.
In 1997, she was again supporting the Macedonian Society of Great Britain by donating her services for a recital that was held on March 6 at the Conway Hall in London. She performed works by Macedonian composers - her repertoire included Margaritis, Astrinidis and Constandinidis. In May 1997, she gave a piano recital in the Cultural Centre of Kozani, Northern Greece. In September 1997 she received the prestigious Hellenic Foundation Arts Award in recognition for her work as "a Promising Young Greek Artist of exceptional merit working in the UK"
In 1998 she performed a recital for two violins and a piano at the Arts Theatre, London, as part of the festival "Greek Expressions"
On the 12th of February 1999 she will be performing a lunchtime recital at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London, at 13:00 PM. Admission is free.
As well as public performances, Katerina has appeared on TV and Radio in Thessaloniki , and in Australia. She has also given a 40-minute recital for the Australian Radio Broadcasting Company.
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