Marilina Tzelepi, pianist

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Born in 1977, in Athens, Greece. She started musical studies at the age of 5 at the Piraeus Conservatory.

She acquired a piano performance diploma with the grade ?Excellent and 1st prize unanimously? at the age of 17, in the studio class of prof. Yorgos Manessis. She has earned degrees in harmony, counterpoint, English and French.
She obtained a bachelor?s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Indianapolis, in the studio of Dr. Richard Ratliff. In August 2002, she graduated the University of Florida, having earned a Master?s degree in Music Performance with a full scholarship in the studio of prof. Boaz Sharon. She has attended numerous piano master classes throughout the years, with well-known artists such as Konstantin & Julia Ganev, Dimitri Toufexis, Frank Wibaut, Theodor Paraskivesko, Ian Hobson, Paul Schenly, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert Roux, Nelson Delle-Vigne etc. She has also participated in pedagogy, theoretics and chamber music master classes in Athens and at the annual International Summer Music Festival in Porto Heli, Greece, during 1992-2001.
Since 1994,she has been the assistant director of the Porto Heli International Arts and Culture Festival, organized annually by prof. Yorgos Manessis in Greece, with the participation of professors and performers from all over the world.
She took part in the Athens Youth Piano Competition in 1994, acquiring an honorable mention, and in November 2001 she won the MTNA Piano Competition for the state of Florida and received third place for the MTNA Division Competition in January 2002. In 2008, she won the 2nd prize at the UNESCO Piano Competition (1st prize not awarded). 
She has given numerous recitals in various cities in Greece, Bulgaria (regular performances in the ?Salon? Festival in Sofia?s Palace of Culture), Russia, Cyprus and the United States. She has performed with orchestra many times, and has worked with many well-known artists in chamber music concerts.
In 1996, she took part in the recording of an anniversary CD for Cyprus. She has also appeared on TV specials in Greece, Bulgaria and Russia, in interviews and recordings. She has collaborated with well known conductors such as Myron Michaelides, Theodore Kourentzis, Karolos Tricolides, Dimitri Toufexis, Alexei Voronzov, Eleftherios Kalkanis, Andreas Pylarinos, Emmanuel Piculas, and many more. 
Today she is a piano professor at the "ANAGENNISI" conservatory and also engages as an accompanist to opera singers,instrumentalists and master classes, including the opera workshops by renowned opera singers, OPERA NEON (resident pianist/coach), the Athens Municipal Choir and the Greek National Opera. Since 2012, she has been a main associate to world renowned composer Yannis Markopoulos. As of winter 2015, she is in charge of Orchestra matters and Programming for the Chamber Symphony Orchestra (CSO - Nikos Athanassopoulos, music director). 
She continues to perform in concerts both solo and chamber music/voice and piano, and continues on with teaching. Among her latest performances were a production of Cosi Fan Tutte, Beethoven's 5th piano concerto with the Athens Municipal Orchestra, performances at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) and one in Odeion Herodes Atticus in collaboration with the world famous composer Yannis Markopoulos, piano and chamber music recitals and an appearance with Chamber Symphony Orchestra performing W.A. Mozart's Piano Concerto No.9 op.271 "Jenamy". 

She has also debuted her first theatrical play, one of a series of music-related comedies entitled "Sapoon Opera" in May of 2014. 

 Her extensive piano repertoire  also includes 25 piano concerti and many major chamber music works and solo piano works. 

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