Biography

Pianist Katia Dinas was born in Syracuse, New York, and raised in Greece, where she commenced her study of piano with teacher Ellie Zacharopoulou, pupil of Monique Haas. She enjoys a multifaceted career as an educator, performer, and collaborative pianist within the United States and internationally.

 

She has received First Prize at the Panhellenic Performing Arts Competition, Second Prize at the Association of Greek Conservatories Piano Competition, and Second Prize at the American Protégé Competition. During her graduate studies, she received the Evalina Vernon Honsinger Award for Performance Excellence, the Hira Poncha Music Award, and the Ruth Minks Charles Music Scholarship. In the summer of 2015, she performed on Horowitz’s piano as a participant of the Kutztown Festival Concerto Competition and was awarded First Prize for exceptional concerto interpretation.

Dr. Dinas has given solo and chamber music recitals in concert venues across the United States, Canada, England, Germany, and Greece. In May 2017, she had her Carnegie Hall debut performing works by Franz Liszt. She has played for Greek television and her recitals have been broadcast on radio stations in New York and Michigan. In January 2018, she was invited to a music residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada, where she presented her doctoral research on Aaron Copland’s piano works, and gave a recital at the Rolston Recital Hall.  She was also invited to perform as a guest artist for the Setnor Benefit Tribute Concert at the All Steinway Challenge and featured in the Syracuse University magazine representing the university’s Steinway campaign.

She holds a Piano Diploma with the highest distinction and a Specialist Degree in Advanced Music Theory from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, a combined Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Musicology from the Aristotle University, a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from Syracuse University, and a Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance from Michigan State University, where she studied under the tutelage of Cliburn Silver Medalist Panayis Lyras. As well, she has taken lessons and master classes with renowned musicians Natalya Antonova, Nelita True, Catherine Chi, Bernard Ringeissen, Brandt Fredriksen, Maria Asteriadou, and George Thimis.
   

As an educator, she has taught piano at Syracuse University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan-Flint, and Flint Institute of Performing Arts. Dr. Dinas currently resides in Dallas, TX, where she teaches piano privately and works as a collaborative pianist at Southern Methodist University.