Joel Lyssarides – winner 2014

Joel Lyssarides – winner 2014

Joel Lyssarides (born 1992) started playing the piano when he was four. Today he is a final year student on the B.A. degree course in Music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, with Ove Lundin as his main tutor. He has also studied under Professor Danilo Rea at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, and under Robert Malmberg in Stockholm.

Joel’s mother played classical piano but loved jazz, and had many recordings by pianists such as Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans. However, it was at the age of eight, after hearing Charlie Parker’s “Bluebird,” that Joel’s interest in jazz was really awakened. Boogie-woogie, blues and jazz standards took their place beside his classical piano studies. As soon as he was old enough for the music courses run by the local authority, Joel also began to take clarinet lessons.

At the age of fifteen, Joel played a duet with trumpet player Jan Allan and a string quartet at a memorial concert for the Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johansson at Södra Latin School. This was the occasion that inspired Joel to explore jazz further.

In the autumn of 2012, Joel was awarded the Stallbröderna Society’s Scholarship for “promising young musicians,” as well as an instrument scholarship from the Stellan, Sten and Märta Hähnel Memorial Foundation. In late 2013, Joel achieved second place in the 24th Vilnius International Jazz Piano Competition, and also received the audience’s special prize.

In parallel with his music studies, Joel has freelanced in the jazz and pop genres. In the summer of 2012, he undertook his first European tour with Zakiya Hooker, daughter of blues legend John Lee Hooker. Together they toured Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and Germany. In addition, Joel has performed with Svante Thuresson, Peter Getz, the Norwegian pop singer Maria Mena and the Swedish singer Kristin Amparo.

Prize citation

A young musician whose playing shows exquisite feel, subtle harmonics and vibrant phrasing, contributing to creativity at the highest artistic level. With imaginative musicianship and outstanding expressiveness, our prize-winner weaves stories full of splendid colours, beauty, and a rare luminosity.

Joel Lyssarides - vinnare 2014
Piano Steinway & Sons - inköpsår 2014

This years prize ia s Grand piano, Steinway & Sons B-211.

Since Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853, the company’s goal has always been to make the finest grand pianos in the world. This objective of creating the best possible instrument is what makes a Steinway the unique piano that it is. Today, 98 per cent of the world’s concert pianists use a Steinway, and 97 per cent use one on a daily basis. 97 per cent of concert halls throughout the world use at least one grand piano from Steinway & Sons.