Panos Karan is a visionary whose beliefs and ideas are fast shaping the understanding of classical music in the 21st century. For Panos Karan, music is like a force of Nature, an element as important to mankind as the air we breathe and the food we eat. He has taken music into the jungles of the Amazon, to the most impoverished districts of Kolkata, to the prisons of war-torn Sierra Leone, and to the evacuation centers and hospitals of post-tsunami Japan.
Panos Karan was born on the island of Crete in 1982 and was brought up in Athens starting piano lessons at age seven. He received his musical education at the Royal Academy of Music between 2000-2006 while making his professional debut at the South Bank Centre, London at age 19. Three years later he was a prize winner at the "Jose Iturbi" International Piano Competition in Valencia, Spain, performing with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra.
Panos Karan keeps a busy performing schedule in Europe and the rest of the world. Past appearances include the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the St. Petersburg Hermitage Theatre, the Athens Megaron Concert Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Suntory Hall as well as three solo recitals at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall). In 2007 Panos presented the complete cycle of the Beethoven Concertos with the St. John’s Festival Orchestra in the UK. In December 2009 Panos Karan recorded his debut album of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with the London’s Orion Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 he performed Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 at Tokyo Opera City, at the presence of the Empress of Japan, with the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta.
In January 2011 Panos Karan founded the non- profit organisation Keys of Change with the motto “Can music change the world? We believe it can.” Panos has already completed more than twenty projects for Keys of Change in the Amazon River, India, Siberia, Japan, Serbia, Bosnia, Greece, Uganda and Sierra Leone, helping bring music to people living under extraordinary circumstances. In 2012 he helped Keys of Change establish the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta and two years later arranged for them to perform at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. In 2014, Panos initiated an ongoing collaboration between Keys of Change and the Kolkata Youth Orchestra.
Panos Karan speaks six languages and has visited more than 100 countries, has lived in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Athens, Tokyo and London.