World Ambassador for Music

By Eli Matos (Beta Iota)

COIMBRA, PORTUGAL--Elias Manos is a member of Beta Iota Chapter at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a music composition and piano performance major at CSU.

On January 27, Elias embarked on a two-and-a-half-week trip to Europe to attend the Coimbra World Piano Meeting in Coimbra, Portugal. This was a piano workshop/festival where selected piano students from around the globe got to study with world-renowned pianists, and were given opportunities to perform as well. He was nominated to attend by his piano teacher, Dr. Angelin Chang.

His piece, POKER, was premiered as the opener of the first performance of the festival at the Conservatoire de Música de Coimbra. POKER (Painfully Organized Keyboard Executed Reverberation) is a 9-movement work for 1-5 pianos, and each movement’s instrumentation is based on a “poker hand”. For example, movement 1, Aces High, is one piano, 2 hands; movement 2, Two Pair, is two pianos, 4 hands; movement 3, Three of a Kind, is three pianos, 6 hands. Three of a Kind was premiered at the performance, though it was arranged for 2 pianos rather than 3.

On Feb. 4, they visited the city of Sardoul, Portugal, where they got to perform at a public theater for the mayor of Sardoul. At this performance, Elias premiered a solo piano piece, Lost. After the performance, the mayor approached Elias and told him his music reminded him of John Williams! They rounded out their stay in Portugal with a final performance at the Conservatoire de Música.

Music truly speaks volumes, and he cherished his time as an ambassador of music, sharing his talents for piano and composition in Europe. Elias hopes that he gets the chance to travel and to be able to share his love of composition and piano with the world in the future.