Teaching Staff

ACADEMIC

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Ioannis Angelakis
Academic

Ioannis Angelakis’ works embrace sounds that remain not fully controllable by the composer or the performer, are inherently unstable and constantly moving, come with their own logic of unfolding, presuppose a particular body-instrument relationship, and call for a new kind of listening attention, disentangled from traditional forms and parameters aiming to a sound-based encapsulation of timbre that pulls us toward the interior space of sound. His work is the result of extended research on idiosyncratic aspects of the mechanism of acoustic instruments, and aims to develop a new form of lived space. His works often call for long durations and extreme musical specialization, pushing against traditional concert formats of new music.

His most recent and accomplished works are Bacchae’s Voice (2021), a concert-long (65’) music theater work based on Euripides’ tragedy Bacchae commissioned by the Greek Ministry of Culture; DUST (2020), a short music drama (25’) based on Lord Byron’s love poetry commissioned by the Greek National Opera; Bacchae’s Paralipomena (2018), a concert work (40’) commissioned by loadbang ensemble; and Institution Imaginaire (2017), a major work (45’) for string quartet commissioned by Momenta Quartet, and the dance video KADIN (2021), commissioned by the Intercultural Orchestra and the Ballet of the Greek National Opera, in collaboration with the choreographer Nikos Kalivas.

Ioannis Angelakis was born in 1988, and studied classical guitar and music theory in various private conservatories. He holds three university degrees: a Bachelor and Master of Arts from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2006-2011), where he studied composition in the studio of Christos Samaras, a Master of Music from Boston University, where he studied composition in the studio of Joshua Fineberg (2011-2013), and a PhD in Music Composition from New York University, where he studied composition with Elizabeth Hoffman and continental philosophy as a consortium student at the New School of Social Research (2013-2019). His academic research explores the intersection between music composition, musicology of electroacoustic musics, and philosophy with special emphasis on the work of Luigi Nono and Martin Heidegger.

He is the recipient of major international prizes including the 2nd Henri Lazarof Commission Prize and the 1st Prize in Toru Takemitsu Award, among a long list of awards.

His compositional output consists of 43 works spanning from solo works to ensembles and orchestras. His works have been commissioned or performed by groups such as Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Athens State Orchestra, Boston University Orchestra, Orchestra of the League of Composers, JACK quartet, Mivos Quartet, Momenta Quartet, Sound Icon, Talea Ensemble, Dal Niente, loadbang, mdi Ensemble, Yarn Wire, TAK Ensemble, Curious Chamber Players, IAMA, Suono Giallo, Namascae Lemanic Ensemble, Wild Rumpus, Next Mushroom Promotion, Sofia Soloists, Idée Fixe, Ergon Ensemble, GuitArte Ensemble, Thailand Ensemble of Contemporary Music, Greek Ensemble of Contemporary Music, and dissonArt Ensemble.

He has been invited in international festivals International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt (2012, 2016, 2021), Mixtur in Barcelona (2021), reMusic.org in St Petersburg (2021), Sounds of Wander in Milan (2018), Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampsire USA (2017), Il Suono Contemporary Music Week in Citta di Castelo (2016), Composit New Music Festival in Rieti (2016), June in Buffalo, University at Buffalo (2016), Northwestern New Music Festival (2014), Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont Foundation (2013), Musiikin Aika Festival in Finland (2013), Takefu International Music Festival in Japan (2012), and in the workshops of ALEA III in Boston (2012), Athens Megaron Concert Hall (2009), and Thessaloniki’s Megaron Concert Hall (2009).
More info: https://ioannisangelakis.com

Thanos Bikos
Academic

Thanos Bikos was born in Holargos, Athens in 1981. He studied classical guitar with Spyros Iliadis and music theory from 1987 until 1996 at the Holargos Classical Conservatoire. In 2000 he began his studies on Graphic Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, specializing on digital design, 3-dimensional photo-realism and animation. At the same period, he worked as an architectural designer and self-taught sound engineer.

In 2004 the first music album was released on vinyl, with his participation on drums, recording, mixing and mastering. In 2006 he began his studies on Sound Engineering at the S.A.E. Technology Group. He is the owner of the Illusions Recording Studio of Athens, where he has worked on several music and video productions since 2004 as an audio engineer, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, camera operator and video director & editor.

He has worked as a sound engineer and video director for concerts, performances and studio recordings, with ensembles and orchestras including Ergon Ensemble, Ventus Ensemble, ARTefacts Ensemble, Athens State Orchestra, Academica Athens Orchestra, Ex Silentio ensemble, Fle[x] String Ensemble, Consonantia Orchestra, Taconeo, Oper[o], including works of Alkis Baltas, Shiva Feshareki, Christos Zoumpos, Ioannis Angelakis, Philippos Sakagian.

He has worked on several occasions with composer Alkis Baltas, as a recording, mixing & mastering engineer on his studio works. He also collaborates with composer George Kouvaras, as a sound designer, multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer on his works for the Greek National Opera.

He has a long-term collaboration with the Municipal Theatre of Ilioupoli, as a sound engineer on concerts, conferences and theatrical & dance performances, as well as teaching Technology of Music seminars.

Since 2017 he holds the position of Head Sound Engineer / Video Editor / Concert Hall Technical Supervisor at the Athens Conservatoire.

Alexandros Charkiolakis
Academic

Alexandros Charkiolakis was born in Athens in 1977. He studied music at the Hellenic Conservatoire (Piano and Music Theory) and at the University of Sheffield where he graduated with a BMus(Hons) and an MMus by Research in musicology and orchestral conducting. He also holds an MSc in Philosophy and Management from the University of Athens. During his time in Sheffield he held positions as principal conductor of the University of Sheffield Students Symphony Orchestra, deputy conductor of the Sheffield Youth Orchestra and he conducted all the orchestral ensembles of the University of Sheffield.

In recent years, he conducted the Chamber Orchestra of the Patras Conservatoire and the Hellenic Ensemble of Contemporary Music of the Greek Composers Union. His research has been presented in conferences in Greece and abroad, whereas his articles have been published in major Greek and foreign musical and musicological periodicals, conference proceedings and books.

He has been commissioned to write articles about music, culture and cultural management in major Greek newspapers such as “To Vima tis Kyriakis” and “Kathimerini tis Kyriakis”. He is the editor of the following books: Manolis Kalomiris – 50 years after, Athens: Fagotto Books, 2013 (with Nikos Maliaras), Autobiography and Archive of Alekos Xenos, Athens: Benaki Museum Publications, 2013 and Music Information Resources and Informative Education, Athens: Fagotto Books, 2015 (with Charis Lavranos). In November 2017, together with Avra Xepapadakou, published the book “Interspersed with musical entertainment”: Music in Greek Salons of the 19th century, Athens: Hellenic Music Centre. Moreover, he is directing the series of books “Greek Composers Biographies” at the Fagotto Books publishers. Two volumes have already been published. His main research focus is Greek Art music with several expansions that have to do with issues of music and ideology, national identity, memory and war. He has also a keen interest in issues that have to do with cultural management and also he has presented research on musical information with a special interest in digital knowledge, modern solutions that have to do with all types of education and knowledge dissemination.

He worked for eight years as a musicologist and coordinator for educational projects at the Music Library of Greece “Lilian Voudouri” and from January 2013 he served as Head of the “Erol Üçer” Music Library and a Lecturer of Historical Musicology at MIAM (Center for Advanced Studies in Music) at the Istanbul Technical University. In May 2017, he became General Director of the Friends of Music Society, based at Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall. From October 2021 he will also be teaching the subject of Cultural Management of Music Heritage at the European University Cyprus in Nicosia.

He has been appointed member of several Boards such as: Member of the Board at the Athens Municipality Music Ensembles and consecutively Member of the Board at the Culture, Sports and Youth Organization of the City of Athens, President of the Board of the Greek IAML (International Association of Music Libraries) Branch and Liaison Officer representing the IMS (International Musicological Society) at the Board of Directors of RIdIM. Recently, he has been appointed as a Member of the Sectoral Scientific Council for Culture, Tourism and Creative Industries of the National Council for Research, Technology and Innovation in Greece and as a Member of the Board of the State Orchestra of Athens.

Finally, he has actively participated in international and national projects that focus on the digital aspect of culture and its dissemination to the general public. He has organized and lead numerous scientific and cultural events in Greece and abroad.

Thanos Margetis
Academic

Pianist and composer Thanos Margetis was born in Athens. He graduated from the Athens National Conservatory (piano and composition) and the Munich Music Academy (Master degree in composition), where he studied with a government’s foundation scholarship.

His works have been performed in Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne, the 7th Modern Music Festival of A*Devantgarde, the University of Cincinnati, Cologne’s radio station (broadcasted live) and various other places. As a pianist he has given piano recitals, played chamber music and accompanied singers, such as the distinguished protagonist of the Greek National Opera, soprano Ioulia Troussa. He has played occasionally, with the National Symphony Orchestra and has also appeared as soloist with the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra. He works regularly with the National Radio Contemporary Music Orchestra, the Athens State Orchestra and the City of Athens Choir.

From 2004 to the present, he works as a contract pianist for the National Radio Choir.

In 2006 he was a contract pianist for the City of Athens Children’s Choir. He has taken part in Radio and T.V. Broadcastings with the National Radio Choir, the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Radio Contemporary Orchestra and Radio Broadcastings with chamber ensembles and singers. He has accompanied theatrical performances, silent movies and seminars for singers and Choir conductors.

In Munich he also was a member of the ensemble “Octopus” as pianist and assistant conductor under the direction of Konstantia Gourzi.

Since 2008 he is working as an accompanist in the Singing Class of Ioulia Troussa in Athens Conservatoire.

Yorgos Simeonidis
Academic

His music education started with piano and then clarinet at the Athens Conservatoire. In order to learn jazz he studied at the Third Stream department of New England Conservatory in Boston. It was there that he had the opportunity to get more closely acquainted with middle eastern music and specifically with Turkish Ottoman music.

In 1991 he returned to Athens with a Bachelor of Music degree.

He has worked mostly with Agnes Agopian, Ross Daly and Nikos Grapsas and has participated in concerts in Greece and Europe.

Since 2013 he teaches makam theory at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory.

Participation in recordings:

  • “Tragoudi stis akres tou Ellinismou” 1992
  • Nikos Grapsas “Stis Thalasses tis Ionias” 1996
  • Niki Tramba, Ross Daly & Labyrinth “At the Café Aman”, 1996
  • Nikos Grapsas “Mikroi Erotes Sti Lypimeni Poli” 1997
  • Kostas Magginas “Dialogues” 1999
  • Ross Daly “Synavgeia” 1999
  • Nikos Grapsas “EON” 2002

Personal CD:  11 Lines” 2002

Raia Ioanna Tsakiridi
Academic

Greek born opera director Raia Tsakiridi was born in Athens in 1977. At an early age she began her music studies on piano and opera singing. Later on, she started her theater studies in “Veaki” drama school, and then attended the “Fotiadis Drama School”, which in June 1997 earned her acting diploma. Additionally, in 2003 she earned her singing diploma, graduated from the class of Mr. Iordanis Tsakiridis at the “Dimitris Mitropoulos Conservatory” with “unanimous excellence”. Furthermore, she followed counseling psychology studies at the “PSYCHI” Academy in Athens, which in 2010 she graduated with a Bachelor degree in Counseling Psychology, in cooperation with the Westbrook University of New York. Since 2010, she attends the Master degree program on art-therapy and drama-therapy. Additionally, since 2000, she has attended numerous seminars on cinema, directing, acting, music, dance and counseling psychology with notable and distinguished professors and artists.

From 1996 to 2000, Raia worked as a freelance actor in theater, cinema and festivals such as “Theatre of the South”, Epidaurus Festival, Theatre “Alambra” under the guidance of significant directors such as Chouvardas, Elton, Tsakiris among others. During 2000 to 2004, she worked as assistant director next to great Greek theater directors Sp. Evangelatos, V. Anastasiou, K. Rouggeri, K. Papaioannou and P. Zoulias. In 2003, Raia directed the musical performance “ARTI Erotefthentes” at “Xora” Theater earning great and encouraging comments from the critics. Since 2013, Raia is co-founder of “The Medium Project” Opera Ensemble which, under her direction on Giancarlo Menotti’s “The Medium” the ensemble scored particular success, spurring the interest of critics and the public, who spoke with highly flattering words. In 2014 she had her US debut in Boston, at TSAI Performance Center, with Hindemith’s opera “Hin und zuruck” with ALEAIII modern ensemble. Later on, in 2015, follows the productions of Lee Hoiby’s “Bon Apettite” at its Greek premiere and George Dousis’ “The Shell Game” at its worldwide premiere at OLVIO theater in Athens with outstanding success. Future collaborations include chamber operas of 20th and 21st centuries in international contemporary festivals.

Since 1999, Raia works as a stage manager at the Greek National Opera.

Andreas Tselikas
Academic

Andreas came to international attention in 2005 after receiving the unique “Encouragement Award” at the International Competition for Young Conductors “Jean Sibelius” in Helsinki. Before that he won several 1st prizes at the International Conductors Competition “Wiener Meisterkurse” in Vienna during 2001-2005.

Since then, high prestigious guest engagements offered him collaborations with renowned orchestras in Greece, Germany, Austria, Finland, Denmark, Romania, Albania, Ukraine, Portugal, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and U.S.A. in famous concert halls such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, the Radio Kulturhaus in Copenhagen, the National Kiyv Philharmonic Hall, the Athens Herodus Atticus, the Athens Megaron Concert Hall, the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, the Onassis Stegi and many more.

The repertory of Andreas extends from the classic symphonic orchestral repertoire to the postmodern operatic, ballet, and dance repertory retaining the value of promoting young composers and soloists at the international musical scene, and enlighten rare musical thesaurus of the Greek and the international musical heritage. Great appraisal reviews have been published for several of his concerts in Greek and foreign media.

Andreas’s studies include studies on orchestral conducting and music composition at the Vienna University under the guidance of Leopold Hager, Erwin Acel and Herbert Lauermann, and at the Hellenic-American University under Theodore Antoniou, on Cultural Policy and Development at the Open University Cyprus, on music theory, and violin under Nancy Bargerstock.

His great successes include collaborations with high prestigious orchestras such as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish Royal Radio Orchestra, the Kiyv Philharmonic Orchestra, the Freiberg Opera Orchestra, the Orquestra do Norte, the State Symphony Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki, the Greek National Opera, the Greek Radio and Television Symphony Orchestras, the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra and others.

By now, Andreas is Chief Conductor of the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra, Music director of the Hellenic Music Centre Orchestra, cofounder and music director of the modern opera group “The Medium Project”. Earlier, he has been associate orchestra conductor of the Greek National Opera between 2006 and 2010. He has recorded for Parma Records.

Several of his compositions have been promoted in Greece and abroad by various music ensembles, orchestras, and have been recorded by Subways Records. He is teaching orchestra conducting, and orchestral praxis at the Athens Conservatoire.

Louisa Tsougaraki
Academic

Louisa Tsougaraki was born in Greece but spent part of her childhood in England and was raised bilingually.

After her BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Athens, her focus switched to Music. With a degree in Theory and Harmony at the Apollonio Conservatoire, and a degree in Piano Performance at the same school, she continued on to an MMus, with a focus on Editing and Palaeography, at the University of Leeds, where she then completed her studies with a PhD on ‘Spiritual Conflict in Mahler’s First and Second Symphonies’.

Her first academic focus on languages had not been forgotten though and continued to influence her professional career. She has translated, edited and authored articles in The Cambridge Berlioz Encyclopedia, as well as, among others, translated novels by Tom Sharpe into Greek. Her own creative literary career took off in 2013, with the publications of both her novella ‘Innocent in the Afterlife’ and her novel ‘Bad Bishop’, followed by a second edition in 2016. Both were published under her pen name Irene Soldatos.

Louisa speaks English, Greek, French, German, and some Italian, and is currently learning Mandarin Chinese. She has previously taught and done research at both the School of Education and the School of Music at the University of Leeds, as well as seminar courses on Music Editing and Music Aesthetics at the Ionian University. She has also worked as a Researcher and Editor for the Hellenic Music Research Lab at the Ionian University. The research and editing work that she did there many years ago is now coming to fruition, with a first critical edition of the Quartets of Vassilis Kalafatis, being published the Hellenic Music Centre in the summer of 2022.

She has been a consultant for the Athens Conservatoire, and their liaison to various UK universities since 2017. In 2019 she took on the post of the Athens Conservatoire’s International Academic Projects Coordinator, and since then has been working on making this BMus, in conjunction with Goldsmiths University, London, a reality.

Nikos Xanthoulis
Academic

Dr. Nikos Xanthoulis is a composer, ancient Greek lyre player, researcher and artistic consultant at the Greek National Opera. He is a Corresponding Member of the Archaeological Institute of America and also Assistant Researcher with the Academy of Athens. He served as the principal trumpet player at the Greek National Opera Orchestra for twenty-five years and from 2009 till 2012 he was leading the Educational Department of the same Institute. He was a faculty member of the Athens Conservatoire for more than 40 years and tutor at the Greek Open University from 2004 to 2017.

As a composer and trumpet soloist, he has presented his music in Greece and internationally in more than 30 countries. His published works include translations of ancient Greek music theoreticians. He was a Kress Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America in 2012-2013 and 2017-2018 lecturing and performing in many American universities (Stanford, Berklee, Hawaii, Purdue etc). From 2014 to 2015 he was the Artistic Director of the Public Broadcasting Orchestras and Choir (ERT). Four Russian theatres have included his music for ancient tragedies in their repertoires: Moscow (Antigone), Simferopol (Trojan Women), Omsk (Oedipus Rex 1st version) and Vladivostok (Oedipus Rex 2nd version and Bulgakov’s “Maitre and Margarita”). In 2018 he published the first learning method of the 7 string lyre. His operas and incidental music are presented in Greece and abroad. He has released 14 personal CDs and participated in 6 more, in collaboration with other composers. Moreover, three digital albums are featured at the Spotify platform. The last two years he has a fruitful collaboration with the playwright Christoforos Christofis presenting their musical dramas at the Athens Concert Hall and in many ancient Greek theaters. Christofis received the coveted “Karolos Koun” Prize for the Athens Concert Hall production of the musical drama “The Invocation of Prometheus” where N. Xanthoulis composed and conducted the incidental music.

Nikos Xanthoulis is being considered worldwide as the Musician who revived the ancient Greek seven-string Lyre, having built a firm technique as a soloist and composing an abundant repertoire on the instrument. The first concerto for ancient Greek lyre and Orchestra, after 1600 years of silence, was presented by him in Poland (Jelenia Gura) and Germany (Berlin) with the Symphony Orchestra of Lower Silesia (2015). In February 2023 he will present a Lyre Recital at Athens Concert Hall with new compositions by composers from seven countries.

Lila Zafiropoulou
Academic

Born in Athens in 1972, she studied in the State School of Dance (1981-1993) and the National Conservatory (1984-1991). After receiving her bachelor from the State School of Dance in 1993, she continued her dance studies with a scholarship from the Greek ministry of Culture and the State School of Dance at the Laban Centre in London, where she received her Diploma in Dance Theatre. She toured with the Transitions Dance Company in England, Austria, Czech Republic, Japan and Taiwan.

Her training ranges from classical ballet, Graham, Limon, Hawkins technique, Release, to Contact improvisation, acting, piano and singing. She studied with D.Lommel, S.Farrel, R.Barra, R. Sigart, J. Da Silva, D.Tai, S. Reynolds, J.Andrews, P.Goss, R.North, R.Brandt, A.Alessi, G.Clark, P.Rayan, S.Paxton, and has also fulfilled a 2 year educational course in Body – Mind Centering. In 1989 she won 1st Distinction in the 1st young choreographers contest Rallou Manou, in 1992 1st Prize in the choreography contest organized by the Greek Ministry of Tourism and in 1998 she was nominated for Best Dancer Award and won Best Choreography of the year Award as part of the Harry Mantafounis Ensemble.

She teaches dance and kinesiology and has danced with some of the most prominent ensembles in Greece (Oktana, Roes, Chorika, Schedia, etc) and has toured important dance centers in the whole world (UK, France, Japan, Cuba, Russia). She has worked with the Greek National Opera and the Athens Concert Hall. In 2002 she founded ELDOR Dance Company and has since produced and choreographed about 20 dance productions (Le dernier homme, Styx, Chanson, In l’ istesso tempo, Illuminations, Folia, Duende, Please do not show my letters to anyone, Presence, Splitting Mechanism, Time, Kraanerg, and more). She was vice president of the Greek Choreographers Association and member of the Ministry of Culture’s jury for the admission of the students in the Professional Dance Schools of Greece and for the awarding of diplomas. She is also a member of the International Dance Council and the Athens Conservatoire Music and Drama Society. She is currently the director of the Athens Conservatoire Dance School.

As a soloist, she has also performed many roles that were created especially for her (Ariadni, Juliette, Hermia, Lykainion, Helena, Chloe, Emily Dickinson, Dysdemona) and has been appraised by acclaimed critics in Greece. She has a wide range of collaborations on her productions and performances, working with educational institutions, cultural organizations, theatre groups, visual artists, musicians, composers, maestros and scientists.

Christos Zoumpos
Academic

Born in Athens in 1980, Christos Zoumpos grew up in the suburb of Nea Smyrni and attended the Lycée Léonin (greek-french independent school) where he was first taught music. Along with his admission in the Law School, he began lessons of piano and theory with composer Thodoris Ksydias and later he enrolled the Conservatory of Neos Kosmos to study advanced music theory. During this period he has worked as a professional musician in concerts and night clubs.

In 2005 he has been admitted (writing assessment) to the Conservatoire N.R. de Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris, in the class of orchestration where he studied for 3 years. Afterwards he undertook the Master of Arts in Composition in City University London. During his study in London he has also joined the orchestra conducting classes given by Denise Ham in Blackheath Conservatoire. In 2016 he enrolled the Certification in Education program of the University of Crete, his dissertation being on teaching through contemporary music in primary schools. He holds diplomas of Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue, a certificate of orchestration, a Master of Arts in Composition and a PGC in Music Education. He has been taught by Theodora Zouvelou, Pierre Grouvel, Pierre Farago, Rhian Samuel and Ilias Nikolaidis. He has written concert music, music for commercials, short films, video art and theater.

In May 2014, he has been awarded the 2nd price for his piece Anaplasis (for solo flute and music sound-scape) by the Greek Composers’ Union and in November of the same year he was amongst the ten young composers selected for the workshop of the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra. In the 1st edition of the “Yorgos Sicilianos Composition Competition” run by the Athens Conservatoire and the Greek Composers’ Union (April 2016), he received the 3rd price (1st price not given) for his work Bacchus, suite for 8 performers.

In July 2017 he has been awarded the 2nd price for the Sofia International Composition Competition (Bulgaria) for his Concertino for Trumpet & Strings. In December 2018, he won the price for best OST for the short film Anchorwoman by Giannis Monastiropoulos in the Parana International Film Festival (Argentina). For the same OST, he was amongst the price nominees in Palm Springs Festival, California (USA) in January 2020.

His music and transcriptions have been performed by Conservatoire de B.B. Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Soloists string orchestra, the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra and various soloists in London and Athens.