Rebooting the Musical Prayer Station with Afroditi Mitsopoulou on the piano and Mesbah Motamed on the violin – Sunday, June 22, 2014

I recently moved to a new home which will be the new site for the Befriended Stranger studios. I am excited to reboot the Musical Prayer Stations at its new location and I could not have asked for a better way to do so than with a house concert, exactly two years after their previous performance I was honored to host, of supremely talented Afroditi Mitsopoulou on the piano and Mesbah Motamed on the violin.

Aphrodite Mitsopoulou Aphrodite Mitsopoulou was born in Greece and started her musical studies in the National Conservatory of Athens. In 2006, she was awarded her Soloist’s  Diploma from the Conservatory of Art and Technology.In 2009, she earned her Master’s Degree from the Boston Conservatory, where she studied on a scholarship. For her success as a student she was awarded from the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor’s Society.Since 2003, Miss Mitsopoulou is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the first Prize in the “Golden Muse” Competition for her interpretation in Greek and Contemporary Music.Notable teachers include Valery Sagaidachny, Janice Weber, Anna Ouspenskaya and Thomas Mastroianni. Highly trained as an educator, Ms. Mitsopoulou has worked as a faculty –selected tutor while at the Boston Conservatory. She is a member of NVMTA and MTNA.Her students succeed greatly in major national and international events, including the AAMS International Competition and the Baroque Competition.  She has performed as an accompanist and solo performer in various events including the Woman’s Club of Arlington, the Kreeger Museum, the Bahai’Center of Sterling and the Steinert Hall in Boston. She is in the U.S.A on an artist visa awarded for extraordinary ability.

Mesbah Motamed is a Research Agricultural Economist in the Agricultural Policy and Models Branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division. His research focuses on domestic agricultural policy, trade, and food security. And yes, he plays the violin beautifully.

The house concert will take place on Sunday, June 22, 2014. The program will include a set of Tchaikovsky selections, Czardas by Vittorio Monti, Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel, and more! Stay tuned for details and contact me for directions.

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