Dino Kartsonakis is known as one of the world’s premier pianists, a title aptly given. From Carnegie Hall to the honor of performing inside the Tower of David, Jerusalem, Dino has captured the world with his unique talent, stellar performances, and exceptional showmanship.
Kartsonakis is a Grammy Award winner for playing on the soundtrack of the movie The Apostle. He was nominated for “Chariots of Fire,” and is an eight-time Dove Award winner and Tele Award winner forMiracles, filmed at David’s Tower in Jerusalem.
Dino’s talent and performance prowess all started at the tender age of three, when he sat at an upright piano and played the hymn “At the Cross” that he heard that morning at church. He grew into his talents and later studied music at The King’s College, piano at The Julliard School in New York City, at The Munich Conservatory in Germany, and the Conservatory of Fontainebleau in France, where he studied under the famous concert pianist Arthur Rubinstein.
Cheryl has sung and Dino has played concerts in his famed style in such places as Russia, Japan, China, and Israel, to name a few—also Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, and many other prestigious venues nationwide, performing for many dignitaries. He toured extensively in Europe under the auspices of the United States Army Special Services. He was featured in evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman’s I Believe in Miracles television show on CBS Television Network, working with Kuhlman for seven years.
Aside from touring the world, Dino has made countless network television appearances since the age of sixteen, including the highly rated talk show The Dino Show, produced and hosted by Dino and Cheryl. For over twenty-five years they wowed audiences in over two hundred countries with a variety of celebrity guests as well as performances by Dino and Cheryl.
Most recently, Dino had the distinction of playing at Israel’s 70th Birthday Celebration Concert with the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra the night before the U.S. Embassy opened in Jerusalem, with Pat Boone singing and serving as MC.
In 2007, Dino and Cheryl opened Dino’s 24Karrot Cake Company and Cafe, located in Branson, Missouri, also shipping their “Celebrity Favorite” cakes nationwide.
Dino and Cheryl are not only world-renowned entertainers, but they are also husband and wife. Dino and Cheryl share two daughters, Christina and Cherie, and are grandparents to Cherie and her husband Steve’s daughters, Lauren and Alexandra.