Teaching Staff


The list of teaching staff is updated continually

Maria Efstratiadis

Maria Efstratiadis, born in Athens, studied piano at the Athens Conservatoire, from which she graduated with an award and special distinction (class of Aliki Vatikioti). She continued her studies at the “Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien” (class of David Wilde) in Hannover, Germany, from which she also graduated with top marks and distinction. She holds diplomas in Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue.

She has repeatedly participated in masterclasses in Greece and abroad (F. Gevers, Konstantin and Julia Ganev, Antoni Besse, Martino Tirimo). She has been invited to perform in solo recitals and chamber music concerts in Greece, France, Germany and Hungary. She has recorded for Greek ,German and Hungarian radio. She has made solo performances with the National Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Athens State Orchestra, the Greek Youth Orchestra, the Academica Orchestra of Athens, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra and the “Aenaon” String Quartett.

Her discography includes works of J.S.Bach, W.A.Mozart, J.Brahms and Y. Ioannidis. Her recordings with the piano sonatas and two concertos ( K 271, K 453) of W.A.Mozart, in collaboration with the Athens Music Society Chamber Orchestra under maestro  Yiannis Ioannidis),received an award in December 2010 from the Union of Greek Theatre and Music Critics.

Maria Efstratiadis is full time piano professor since 1991.  She joined the Athens Conservatoire September 1998. She  gives masterclasses to music students and young artists. She has been artistic director  of a music school in northern Greece 1997 to 2002  and 2009 to 2018 of the Athens Music Society Conservatory. 2005 she was a member of the jury to the Inernational Boesendorfer Piano Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria. She was permanent member of the jury to the Piano Competition “Filonas” 2013 to 2018, the last year appointed president.

Maria Efstratiadis is since 2015  head of the piano department at the Athens Conservatoire.

Konstantinos Destounis

Konstantinos Destounis (b.1991 in Athens) taught at the Bachelor programme of the Royal College of Music in London for two academic years. Having returned to Greece, he now teaches the piano at the Athens Conservatoire and the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki (Department of Music Science & Art). He has been awarded a ‘Doctor of Music’ degree by the Royal College of Music in London, for his research: ‘Theodore Antoniou’s solo piano works in the context of Greek contemporary piano repertoire: a performer’s approach’. His world première recording of Antoniou’s complete piano works is available with Naxos.

Konstantinos is a prizewinner in many international piano competitions, most notably ‘Grand Prix Maria Callas’ in Athens, ‘Southern Highlands’ in Canberra, and the Bremen European Piano Competition. As the winner of Greece’s national competition, he represented his country at ‘Eurovision Young Musicians’ in Vienna. His numerous awards also include the ‘Gina Bachauer’ Piano Prize of the association ‘World in Harmony’, the ‘Mykoniou’ Prize of the Academy of Athens (Order of Letters and Fine Arts) and the ‘Young Artist Prize’ of the Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics.

His performing career has led him to venues such as Royal Albert Hall in London, Opera ‘La Fenice’ in Venice, Llewellyn Hall in Canberra, Glocke Saal in Bremen, Athens Megaron, Thessaloniki Megaron. As a soloist he has performed with numerous orchestras in Greece, UK, Germany, Spain and Australia.

Konstantinos studied the piano with Agathe Leimoni at the Hellenic Conservatory in Athens and with Igor Petrin at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. He also received a Master’s degree at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Prof. R. Plagge), an Artist Diploma (Prof. D. Alexeev, I. Jones, A. Zolinsky) and a Doctoral degree at the Royal College of Music in London. He has been a scholar of the Onassis Foundation and the Thessaloniki Friends of Music Association.

Titos Gouvelis

One of the leading Greek pianists, Titos Gouvelis enjoys a busy performing schedule in his native country and abroad. He has performed as soloist with many orchestras, such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the State Philharmonics of Transylvania and Tirgu Mures (Romania), the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (Thailand), the Athens State Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Orchestra, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Armonia Atenea, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra among others, collaborating with distinguished conductors (M. Tilkin, E. Tabakov, Ch. Poppen, A. Ertüngealp, V. Christopoulos, G. Petrou and others). He appears in solo and chamber music concerts in many countries (Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Holland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, South Korea, Thailand, Nigeria and Cyprus).

His vast repertoire ranges from the Baroque era to the 21st century. Apart from his special affinity for the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Debussy and Rachmaninoff, Greek music is also a major part of his work; he has performed works by more than 60 Greek composers and has given many world premieres (among them the premieres of the Piano Concertos by I. Valette and D. Papadimitriou). Many important Greek composers have dedicated works to him. A significant moment in his career was the first performance in Greece of Eric Satie’s Vexations for solo piano (Athens, April 2010), which lasted about 16 hours and received a praising acclaim from press and public. Titos Gouvelis is currently Piano Professor at the Athens Conservatory, gives often piano masterclasses and is a regular member of juries in piano competitions in Greece. He has also taught at the Thessaloniki State Conservatory and at the Mantzaros Conservatory (Athens). Together with the prominent cellist Angelos Liakakis, with whom Gouvelis is playing on a regular basis, they hold an annual Chamber Music Workshop in Athens. He is also programs’ annotator of the Athens State Orchestra and the Athens Megaron Concert Hall. Considered a gifted speaker, he is often invited to give pre-concert talks.

He was born in Athens. He studied the piano at the Athens Conservatoire with Aris Garoufalis, at the Royal College of Music (London) with Peter Katin and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (Glasgow) with Fali Pavri, graduating with a Masters’ Degree with distinction. He has also gained from the valuable guidance of the famous pianist and pedagogue Dominique Merlet in Paris and has studied the organ with the distinguished British organist Nicolas Kynaston. He has won prizes in many piano competitions in Greece and abroad (including a 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Chieri, Italy) and he has been awarded the “Mykoniou” Prize from the Academy of Athens for his artistic activity.

Manos Kitsikopoulos

Born in Greece, Manos Kitsikopoulos  is considered one of Greece’s most versatile musician and pianist. He studied piano with professors Max and Yiannis Hallecker  and Musicology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the guidance of Joanna MacGregor where he obtained two music degrees: Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance, receiving distinction and the honorary title, DipRAM and Artist Diploma (level 8 Doctorate). For his studies at the Royal Academy, Manos has been strongly supported by the Onassis Foundation, the Athena Scholarship and the Life Action Trust.

Manos  participated in masterclasses and received guidance from  Hamish Milne, Pascal Nemirovsky, Yevgeny Subdin, Ian Fountain, Pascal Devoyon, Berand Rindeissen and Christofer Elton.

Performances highlights for  2019-2020 season were, his recital “The Sounds of a Dream” , at the Athens Megaron Concert Hall, based on contemporary music and improvisation and his participation at the Piano Festival of Greek National Opera. Meanwhile he received general acclaim for his performance of  “Potemkin Battleship” where he performed works from great Russian Composers, wrote his own music and improvised, for the world known movie (Athens Megaron).  He also collaborated with Orquesta Synfonica de la Region de Murcia, performing 4th Beethoven concerto under the baton of Beatriz Fernandez.

He received a number of awards such as the DipRAM award  of Royal Academy of Music (2013), the LIoyd Hartley Prize(2012), the Dorothy Briant Award(2015) , the 1st Prize, Grand Prix of the ClaMo International piano competition in Spain (2019). In December 2016 he was honourded with “Eleni Mykoniou” Prize, by the Academy of Athens.

His musical journey has taken him to major venues such as, Royal Festival Hall, Kensington Palace, Royal Opera House, Dukes Hall (UK),  Odeon of Heroes Atticus, Athens Megaron Concert Hall (Greece), Auditorio Victor Vilegas (Spain).

Manos, has performed as a soloist with the Royal Academy Big Band, the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquesta Synfonica de la Region de Murcia the Athens Symphony Orchestra, ERT Contemporary Symphony Orchestra and the Athens State Orchestra.

George Emmanuel Lazaridis

George Emmanuel Lazaridis is a widely recognized multifarious personality, with 30 years of uninterrupted presence in the international music scene as a pianist, composer, educator and pioneer in the foundation and development of new cultural institutions. G.E.Lazaridis’ performances have been characterized as “special enough to be beyond comparison” (BBC Music Magazine, Adrian Jack).

Mentored by Yonty Solomon, Domna Evnouhidou and Douglas Finch, Lazaridis is a graduate of the Royal College (Chapell Medal 2000) and Trinity College of Music, in London. He also studied with Alfred Brendel, Noretta Conci Leech and Ruth Nye, only student of the great Claudio Arrau.

Lazaridis has received a plethora of international prizes since age eleven, including awards by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the Belgian Television, the Academy of Athens, the Steinway and Sons Corporation, scholarships by the Onasis, Levendis and Hatori Foundations, special broadcasts by the ERT, BBC, TCB, the Polish Radio and many more.

Born in Greece in 1978, G.E.L. enjoys a flourishing international career that has taken him from USA and Mexico to Europe, Russia and the Middle East, in some of the most prestigious international music festivals such as the Chopin, Monterrei, Istanbul, Aix En Provence, Swansea Festivals and in legendary venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Musikverein, St Petersburg Philharmonic. He has performed as soloist with the St Petersburg, Hamburg, Royal, Strasbourg, Warsaw, French Radio Philharmonic Orchestras and with all the Greek Symphony Orchestras, amongst many others, working with some of the greatest conductors of our times, such as Sir Neville Marriner, Ingo Metzmacher, Yuri Temirkanov, Maxim Schostakovich, Mikko Frank, Theodor Guschlbauer, Michel Tabachnik and many others.

A sought after chamber musician, he has also collaborated with renowned ensembles and soloists such as the Medici Quartet, the Ysaye Quartet, the Vienna Octet, the BT Scottish Ensemble, the Prism Quartet, Leonidas kavakos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Cyprien Katsaris, Dimitris Sgouros and many others, including legendary singers Barbara Hendricks and Maria Farandouri.

His various CD releases have been rapturously received, with five-star reviews from the International Press, often selected as instrumental discs of the month. Recent recordings were selected within the top 50 best releases of the decade by “The Pianist” and ranked amongst the best historical performances, alongside keyboard giants such as Richter and Arrau.

He studied composition with Edwin Roxborough, Christos Samaras and Daryl Runswick. He has mainly composed for solo piano, for various choral ensembles and for combinations of the two genres. Moreover, he has composed various song cycles as well as music for theatre, dance and multimedia productions. He has also composed a large scale oratorio for choir piano and symphony orchestra entitled “Deisis” and recently, he completed his piano concerto “From the Dead”, commemorating 100 years from the end of World War 1.

He has received commissions from the Europa Cantat Festival, the Prefecture of Macedonia, the Cultural Capital of Europe 1997 Organization, the Mercouri Foundation, Birmingham’s New Arts Festival, the Hellenic International Festival, the Athens State Orchestra, Wigmore Hall, Princeton University, the international Festival “Milano incontra di Grecia” etc.

G.E.L. is also a co-founder of new international cultural institutions and ensembles such as the ADAP Association of Artists for Peace, the Music- Village International Festival and the “Kyklos” Ensemble. A regular member of international competition panels (Sussex, Maria Callas, Gina Bachauer Scholarships etc), G.E.L. is also a widely respected pedagogue, giving masterclasses worldwide in music academies and universities such as Trinity College, Birmingham City University, Manhattan School of Music, Kutztown University etc. From September 2019 he is appointed piano professor at the State Music Conservatory of Greece, in ThessaLoniki.

Between 2011 and 2013, he served as music director at the Demetria International Festival. From 2010 to 2019, he served as Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki Concert Halls Organization, where he led the foundation of new educational institutions such as the International Children Choirs Festival and “MOYSA” – an el sistema inspired youth symphony orchestra of 100 talented Greek musicians, aged 8 to 25 years old.

Maria Mylaraki

Maria Mylaraki was born in Thessaloniki. She attended piano lessons at the age of seven under the teacher K. Asteriadou. She received the Piano Diploma from the class of Α. Kounio with honours (the highest distinction). She continued her studies at the Music and Dramatic Arts University of Graz, Austria KUG (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz), where she graduated from the class of Prof.Anna Maria Bodoky- Krause, receiving her first piano diploma and postgraduate degree “Magistra der Künste” (Master of Art) with honours, wining First Prize. Moreover, she acquired her second postgraduate degree “Magistra der Künste” (Master of Art) with honors in Piano-Champer Music from the class of Prof. Chia Chou (Trio Parnassus) and is registered in the class of Ph.D. Furthermore, she was awarded scholarships from both the Ministry of Education and Culture of Austria and I.K.Y (State Scholarships Foundation, Greece).

She participated in seminars with Julia and Konstantin Ganev, Katerina and Gianna Polizoidou, M. Tirimo, G. Xatziniko. M. Asteriadou, B. Fredriksen, G. Weichert at (European Piano Teachers Association), (EPTA), M. Bilson (Hammerklavier seminar), Thomas Duis, Rudolf Kehrer, Regis Bringlof, Martin Hornstein, Florian Berner, Elisabeth Baich, Georg Hamann and in the Contemporary Music Workshops, «Impuls» under the (artistic) direction of Beat Furrer.

She was honored with awards herself but also with the «Trio Tritonous» ensemble (founding member) in Greece and in International chamber music competitions. Her first appearance with an orchestra was at the age of thirteen, performing the second concert of L.v.Beethoven. Since then, she has performed solo recitals, performances with orchestra and other various ensembles of chamber music in Greece, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Italy. Additionally, she carried out concerts with “Trio Tritonous” at the «Live Music Now- Yehudi Menuhin», in Stefaniensaal Musikverein Graz (Austria), Bludenz Festival, Leopold Museum Wien, Alte Schmiede – Wien. She also performed in the Festival of Ancient Corinth, Thessaloniki Festival “Dimitria”, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Foundation of Kakoyiannis, presenting Greek and Austrian composers of contemporary music as well as in the cultural centre of contemporary music «Kultruzentrum bei Minoriten-Austria» and Opernhaus Graz, performing the “Trio 80minutes” of Morton Feldman. She has also interpreted numerous works in premières and carried out recordings for the Austrian State Radio (ORF) and Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT). Moreover, she has played with string quartet “Aimilios Riadis”, with the choir of ERT under the button of Nikolas Vassiliou, she also collaborated with conductors such as Martin Sieghart, Mirga Grazinyte, Nassir Heidarian, Edo Micic, Karolos Trikolidis as solist but also as a member of various ensembles of contemporary music ((Blasorchester der Kunst Universität Graz, Ensemble Zeitfluss etc.). She is member of Piandaemonium – an ensemble consisting of six pianos – twelve pianists.

She has been a teacher in several conservatories such as Prefectural Conservatory of Florina under the direction of Domna Eunouxidou, in the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki, the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and the Musikschule Gratwein – Austria, Musikschule Hausmannstaetten- Austria. From 2009 until 2012, she held a lecturer position in the music department of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. From 2016 she is teaching Piano at the Athens Conservatoire and the Athenaeum Conservatoire – International Cultural Center.

Theodore Tzovanakis

Theodore Tzovanakis completed his piano studies in Greece next to Domna Evnouchidou. With a scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation, the Yamaha European Foundation and the Alexander Onassis Foundation, he studied in Cologne at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague near Roswitha Gediga and Geoffrey Douglas Madge, obtaining a soloist diploma and the postgraduate titles “Konzertexamen” and “Master in performance”. He proceeded with his doctoral studies at the University of St. Andrews and the University of Leiden, on the performance and editorial work of Dimitri Mitropoulos’ piano compositions. He is a graduate of the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

He has won three first prizes in equal number of national competitions, and the McKenzie Award at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York. As a soloist he has collaborated with orchestras and ensembles including the Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Symphony orchestra, ERT Greek Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Athens Camerata, Kyklos Ensemble, Athens Symphony Orchestra, Thessaloniki City Symphony Orchestra, Volos Symphony Orchestra, Academica Athens Orchestra, Ensembles Koninklijk Conservatorium, Contra Tempo Chamber Orchestra, the Athens Conservatoire Orchestra, Flex String Ensemble, Voith Orchestra Heidenheim, Piandaemonium, the NQR Ensemble, Aenaon Dance Theatre, New Hellenic Quartet, L’ Anima Quartet, Orchester des Collegium musicum Bonn, Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Dutch Academy Orchestra, Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, Odessa Philarmonic Orchestra.

He has participated in numerous festivals, such as the Athens Concert Hall’s International Festival of Contemporary Music, Thessaloniki Concert Hall’s International Piano Festival, the Athens-Epidaurus Festival, the Greek National Opera’s Online Festival, the Ensemble Meetings of Music Academies, Demetria Festival, Simi Festival, Aigina Piano Festival, Gyzi Megaron Festival, the Athens Concert Hall’s Chopin Festival, Beograd Chopin Fest, the Greek National Opera’s Sacred Music Festival, Onassis Stegi’s “Consonances”, the Guitar Plus Festival, Sani Classic Festival, “Pavlos Carrer” Festival, Ionian Academy Festival, “Papaioannou” Festival, “Evmelia” Festival, Maronia Festival, Eleftherion Festival, the Hellenic Music Fests, Delphi Festival, “Piano in its Forte” festival, Thessaloniki Piano Festival, the National Opera’s tribute to Manos Hadjidakis festival, Patmos Sacred Music Festival, Nafplio Festival, Rhodes Piano Festival, Cavafy Symposium in Cairo, “Milano incontra la Grecia” festival.

He has performed recitals in Athens, Nicosia, Vienna, Geneva, Bonn, Trieste, Ghent, Edinburgh, Cairo, Beograd, Cologne, London, St. Andrews, Tripoli, Glasgow, New York, Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague. His premiere performances include Lutoslawski’s concerto for piano and orchestra with the Odessa Philarmonic Orchestra in Ukraine and with the Orchestra of Colors in Greece, Szymanowski’s Symphonie Concertante for orchestra and piano with the Athens State Orchestra, Hovhaness’ Lousadzak for piano and orchestra and Beethoven’s WoO 04 for piano and orchestra with the Athens Camerata.

In national premiere, he has performed and recorded Nikos Athineos’ concerto for piano and orchestra with ERT Greek Radio National Symphony Orchestra, as well as Philipos Tsalachouris’ second concerto for piano and orchestra with the Athens Camerata. He has recorded six CDs, including the works for solo piano and the works for voice and piano by Dimitri Mitropoulos and Emilios Riadis in their world premiere. His recordings have been presented to the National Broadcast Radio and Television of Greece, the Netherlands, Moldova, Israel, Serbia and the Czech Republic. For the last sixteen years he has been working as a piano tutor, leading a great number of students to accomplishing their piano diplomas. He is a principle piano tutor at the Athens Conservatoire.

Vassilis Varvaresos

Vassilis Varvaresos is considered to be one of the most interesting pianists of his generation. In the 2020-2021 season Mr. Varvaresos collaborates with Christoph Essenbach and the Athens State Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s 5th Concerto at the Megaron Hall of Athens. This season he is a guest of the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Festival de Piano in Porrentruy, the Malta Baroque Music Festival, while he is making his recital debut in the Rotterdam Radio Concert Series. He is appearing as both recitalist and chamber musician in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium. Concerts that have been postponed due to the pandemic include performances of Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto, as well as Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto and Choral Fantasy at the Athens Megaron Hall and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Highlights of previous seasons include appearances at the Pietra Santa Festivals alongside Vadim Repin and Boris Berezovsky, at the Festivals of Bodrum, Beirut, Istanbul, the Athens Festival, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, the Chopin Festival of Nohant, and the Lisztomanias Festival of Chateauroux. Mr. Varvaresos has collaborated with a number of foreign orchestras, including the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, the Freiburg Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Normandy Chamber Orchestra, and the State Orchestras of both Thessaloniki and Athens. In 2008, he represented Greece in the Beijing Olympics Celebrations on a two-week tour of China, performing with the Athens State Symphony Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Mr Varvaresos collaborates with Noé Inui, Leonard Elschenbroich, Giorgos Demertzis, Henri Demarquette, Michel Dalberto, Nicholas Dautricourt, François Salque, and the Dudok String Quartet. He discography includes collaborations with such artists as Dimitris Tiliakos, Giorgos Demertzis, Ivan Karizna, Noé Inui, Ophélie Gaillard and Alexis Kossenko while he is the co-founder of the Inui-Varvaresos duo and the Fourtissimo group with pianists Ran Dank, Soyeon Kate Lee and Konstantin Sukhovetsky. He is the Artistic Director of the “Up to 8” Chamber Music Festival ” in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Winner of the coveted First Prize in the 1998 YCA International Auditions at age 14, his recital débuts in New York and Washington were acclaimed. The Washington Post’s headline called Varvaresos a “Young Master on the Rise.” Since then, Mr. Varvaresos has appeared in some of the U.S. and Europe’s most celebrated stages, including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Halls, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Morgan Library, the Avery Fisher Hall, the Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. Following his debut recital at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Mr. Varvaresos was invited to perform at the White House for President Barrack Obama. In Europe, previous seasons marked Mr. Varvaresos debut recitals in the Tonhalle of Zurich and the Musikverein of Vienna. He is equally invited at the Salle Gaveau of Paris, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

A versatile musician, Vassilis Varvaresos has written music for a number of films including the latest retrospectives of Brancusi and Julie Mehretu for the Checkerboard Film Foundation. His book “Departure From the Functionality of Syntax”, was awarded the Scholastic Distinction Award at the Juilliard School, while he is a regular masterclass guest at the University of Cincinnati, in the United States. Vassilis Varvaresos is the laureate of both the 2014 edition George Enescu International Piano Competition, held in Bucarest in September 2014, as well as the Piano Masters Competition held in Monte Carlo in September 2015. He records for BIS Records, NAVIS Classics, Aparté Records and Mirare Records. His newest album with cellist Ivan Karizna will be appearing in the 2021-2022 season under Mirare, while his first album with Aparté, “V for Valse” gets a five star review from “Le Figaro”.

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Mr. Varvaresos holds a bachelor, masters and Doctor or Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School. He is a recent graduate of the prestigious Diplôme d’ Artiste-Interpète degree at the Conservatoire Nationale et Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, France. He has studied with Milena Mollova, Jerome Lowenthal, Veda Kaplinsky, Robert MacDonald and Michel Dalberto.

Dimitris Vezyroglou

Born in Athens, Greece in 1972. He studied piano at the Athens Conservatoire with the pianist Maria Chairogiorgou-Sigara. He graduated in 1991 with Distinction and was unanimously awarded 2nd price. After being offered a scholarship by the Greek Academy, he continued his studies in Paris for four years at the National Conservatory of Aubervilliers-La Courneuve with Hubert Guillard and Bruno Rigutto as his teachers. He graduated in 1994 and was awarded 2nd price. In 1994 he was accepted as a post-graduate student at the National Moscow Conservatory “P.I. Tchaikovsky” in the classes of Vera Gornostaeva and Yuri Lisichenko. During his studies he was offered scholarships from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation and the Onassis Foundation. In 1997 he received the post graduate title “Stagirofka” and in 1999 the “Doctor of Musical Arts” title (Assistantura Stagirofka).

He has participated in International Piano competitions and has repeatedly performed in solo and chamber music recitals, and as soloist with orchestras in Paris, Moscow and Athens. He has also recorded for the French and Russian Radio. He collaborates with the Megaron (Athens Concert Hall), the Athens State Orchestra, the Athens Camerata and the Greek National Opera as a musical coach (co-repetitor) covering a wide musical repertoire which spans from Purcell (Dido and Aeneas) and Haydn (L’Isola Disabitata) to Weill (Der Zar lässt sich photographieren) and Halffter (Lazarus). At the same time, he privately coaches singers, musicians and actors for their engagements in operas, oratorios, national and international competitions, auditions, recordings etc.
He has performed with the Athens State Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) orchestra, the Orchestra of Colors, the Athens Camerata and the orchestra of the Greek National Opera, a wide repertoire of symphonic music ranging from early Baroque to the 21st Century, by compositors like Shnidke, Ravel, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Bela Bartok, Honegger, Saint-Saenz, Orff, Villa Lobos, Guarnieri, Martinu, Ligeti, Henze, Lutoslawsky, Bloch, Westlake, Bernstein, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Hovhaness, Janacek, R. Strauss, Mahler, Skalkotas, Kalomoiris, Samara, Varotsis, Sicilianos, Theodorakis, Antoniou, Tsalachouris and others.

He teaches piano at the Athens Conservatoire since 2003. He works as a musical coach (co-repetitor) at the Athens Conservatoire, F. Nakas Conservatory and other private Conservatories as well as a freelancer. He has also worked as a professor of History of Music at the State School of Dance (2007-2011). He is fluent in French, English, Russian and Italian.

Ourania Gassiou

Ourania Gassiou started her organ studies at the Athens Concert Hall with Nicolas Kynaston as a scholar of the “Friends of Music” society. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied with Nicolas Kynaston. Whilst at the Academy she received a scholarship by the Onassis Foundation and was awarded several of the major prizes and awards of the Royal Academy of Music, including the DipRAM, the most prestigious award for an outstanding final recital.   She was also nominated Pidem organ Fellow of the Royal Academy of music. Aided by the Eric Thompson Trust Grant she continued her studies with Johannes Geffert in Cologne and Susan Landale in Paris.

As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe in recital series and major international festivals. Recent appearances have included performances in Wesminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Martin’s in the Fields, Bath Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Stockholm Storkyrkan, Wroclaw Cathedral, Altenberg Dom, Riga Cathedral, Copenhagen Cathedral, Basel Münster, Maria Laach Abbey, Barcelona Cathedral, Women of the World Festival (Royal Festival Hall, London), Non Sola Scripta International Festival (Poland) and Bratislava Castle, among others.

Ourania has  also been a prize winner in the International Organ Competition of St.Maurice, Switzerland and in the First Mediterranean Piano Competition of Andros, Greece. In 2011 she was appointed Organist and Curator of the organs of the Athens Concert Hall in Greece. She is also the organist of the French protestant church in London. Ourania teaches at Westminster Cathedral Choirschool and the Athens Conservatoire.