Regi Papa
Hailed as “an exciting young violinist with brilliant technique and an excellent sense of style” (Strad), Regi Papa has been dazzled audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. In his native Greece, he has been a featured soloist with the Soloists of Patras Orchestra, the Volos Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Contemporary Music, the Kamerata Orchestra, the Greek National Radio Orchestra, and the National State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, performing in venues such as the Athens Concert Hall, the Pallas Hall, the Parnassos Hall, and the Athenaeum Hall. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the New York Senior Concert Orchestra under the baton of David Gilbert, and has also appeared as featured soloist with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble and the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia. Among his many awards are First Prize in the Eurovision Contest (2002), the Greek Ministry of Education’s Pan-Hellenic Competition and the Wieniawski Competition, prizes in the International Jeunesses Musicales Violin Competition (Romania), Young Soloists Competition (Volos), the Artur Balsam Duo Competition, the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Concerto Competition and the Waldo Mayo Competition. As winner of the Greek Eurovision Contest, he received an Onassis Foundation Scholarship and began his studies with Isaac Malkin at Manhattan School of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. He received the Marie and George Vergottis Memorial Scholarship to study with Kyung-Wha Chung at the Juilliard School, where he received his master’s degree. Currently, Papa is studying with Soovin Kim and Philip Setzer at the Stony Brook University, pursuing his doctorate degree in violin performance.