For her enduring commitment and determination in giving premières of important music, such as the monumental Third Piano Concerto by Nikos Skalkottas in 2003 in Paris, Danae Kara received the Hellenic Music Award of the National Council of Music/Unesco. Trained at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where her principal teacher and mentor was Jacob Lateiner, she has given numerous performances worldwide during her career of forty years. Born in 1953 in Istanbul, she made her début at the age of sixteen in Athens, and has appeared as soloist with over thirty orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Salzburg-Mozarteum Orchestra, and London Festival Orchestra, performing in major venues of European cities, in the United States, Latin America, and the former Soviet Republics. She has enjoyed the collaboration of distinguished conductors among whom have been Giancarlo Andretta, Matthias Bamert, Hans Graf, Alexander Lazarev, and Friedemann Layer. She is the recipient of the Recording Award 2000 from The Union of Greek Theater & Music Critics.