Education and Background
Born in Greece, Chryssie Nanou’s personal and professional aesthetics were formed in Paris and further shaped in the United States with her studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris/Alfred Cortot, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
Chryssie’s repertoire is particularly diverse, ranging from core classical music to twentieth century and contemporary music in a wide variety of genres. Appearing as a concert pianist in over 30 countries, she has premiered many compositions by young and eminent composers. Among her recent performances are concerts with the the San Francisco Contemporary Players, the Milano-Torino Festival, Third Practice, Stanford Live, Stanford Peking Center, NYCEMF and EMPAC. Chryssie has served as the Artistic Coordinator of CCRMA (Stanford University, Palo Alto, California) and she currently sits on the board of the International Computer Music Association (ICMA). She has always integrated her career as a concert soloist with her role as a teacher, with a main emphasis on excellent technique, interpretive skills, and music fundamentals according to different styles and periods.
“I am a pianist who curates concert series and festivals, improvises and commissions music and collaborations in many different types of music. Over the course of my graduate career, I have actively sought to broaden my repertoire and that of my teaching techniques. As a teacher - both in Paris and in the United States for almost twenty years now - I have worked to foster creative and strong musicians by focusing on excellent technique, interpretive skills, and music fundamentals according to different styles and periods. These are the tools that enable students to express their musical intentions and follow any musical path they might choose.
“The bases of my teaching are the skills of critical listening and pattern finding which I have been honing during my career as a performer, teacher and curator. My skill-set as a teacher reflects my diverse practice as a performer of many approaches to music-making. My experience as curator of mixed media series at CCRMA/Stanford and my recent research in Music and the Brain with EEG methods, have given me the opportunity to see different aspects of the music making process and have helped me think over and develop new tools from which to draw my teaching materials. My aim as a pedagogue is to encourage young pianists to think creatively, be daring, and explore many avenues of expression.”