Oxford Philomusica’s Music Director
‘performances full of personality and intelligence ... which command attention’
‘music-making of an uncommonly dedicated order ... consistently plumb the depths of these
masterpieces’ (Classic CD Magazine)
‘independence of thought and insight’
‘numerous interesting interpretative points, casting new light ‘ (Classic FM Magazine)
Marios Papadopoulos has captured the attention of public and critics for artistic integrity. Critics unanimously agree that his strong interpretative statements excite, inspire and, especially, cast new light on familiar works. His Beethoven Sonatas, currently being recorded, have been set on a level with Schnabel, Brendel, Barenboim, and Kempff (Daily Telegraph and Classic FM Magazine Critics’ Choice).
Since his London debut in 1974, Papadopoulos’ career as pianist and conductor has been world-wide. He has appeared as soloist with, and has conducted many of, the world’s great orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, the European Community Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As part of the world-wide celebrations for the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth in 2006, he directed from the keyboard the complete cycle of all the Mozart Concertos in seven concerts with the Oxford Philomusica in Oxford.
Apart from the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas which Marios Papadopoulos is currently recording, his prolific output as a recording artist includes performances of Stravinsky’s Concerto for piano and wind with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the Hyperion label, works by Mozart for a Readers’ Digest album, works by Moussorgsky - including Pictures at an Exhibition - piano works by César Franck and the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich. Most of his recordings are now available on the newly-launched Oxford Philomusica record label.
In 1998, he founded the Oxford Philomusica, Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford, of which he is Music Director.
He holds a doctorate in music from City University and is a Fellow by Special Election
of Keble College, Oxford.