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Issue 5
(Fall 2004)




biographical notes


Panaghiotis Adam


Theorist and composer, born in Athens in 1959. He studied theory and composition with Michalis Travlos, and he has participated in numerous seminars in Greece and abroad on subjects ranging from Gregorian chant to electronic music. He has taught since 1981 – mainly theory, history of music, and form and analysis – in Athens conservatories, the Southeastern College and the University of Athens. Now he teaches counterpoint and fugue in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and two major conservatories in Athens (Athenaeum and Nakas). He has also specialized on the interpretation of early music and frequently gives lectures and workshops on Bach and baroque performance practice. He has been director of the Music Department of the Southeastern College and artistic director of the Nakas conservatory. He is a member of the Greek Composers Union and (up to 1997) of the Institute for Research on Music and Acoustics. He is the author of a new textbook on tonal harmony and editor of the Greek edition of Ulrich Michels’ Atlas zur Musik, as well as Robert Donington’s Baroque Music: Style and Interpretation (to be published). He has also published transcriptions of music by Bach and Dowland and articles in specialist journals. He is currently working on a large textbook on fugue.



Ioannis Fulias


He was born in Athens in 1976. In 1989 he started to receive music lessons in the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata, wherein he took the degrees in Harmony (1994), Counterpoint (1996), Fugue (1998) and Piano (1998). In 1994 he joined the Department of Musical Studies of the University of Athens, from where he graduated in 1999; at the present, he is working on his Ph.D. thesis in the same department. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Musicologia, a member of the Advisory Board of the journal Polyphonia, and president of the Graduates’ Association of the Department of Musical Studies of the University of Athens. He has participated in scientific meetings and international congresses and he has published several articles and translations in various Greek musicological and musical journals. He also teaches History of Music, Musical Morphology and Harmony, and he contributes to programmes’ notes mainly for the Megaron – the Athens Concert Hall.



Thanassis Moraitis

Musician – singer – composer


Studies: He has studied political sciences at Pantion University, and Byzantine music under the late instructor and master cantor of the Athens Cathedral Spyros Peristeris; he has chanted under his master’s direction from 1983 to 1993 as a regular member of the Athens Cathedral choir. He has been studying Western music on his own.

Collaborations: He has taken part in concerts with composers Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hadjidakis, Elias Andriópoulos, Stavros Kouyioumdjís, Demetrios Lekkas, Notis Mavroudís, Yannis Markópoulos and others. Since 1992 he has been working with Markos Dragoumis at the Melpo Merlier Music Folklore Archive of the Centre of Asia-Minor Studies, on subjects related to Greek Demotic and Byzantine music and towards numerous CD publications presenting archive material from the MFA, consisting of authentic original recordings of 1930.


a) Solo albums: Dionysus (by Mikis Theodorakis, 1985); Memory of stone (by Mikis Theodorakis and Michalis Bourboulis, 1987); 26 unpublished songs by Dimitris Atraidis (double CD, 1996); 2 CDs with Arvanitic songs from Greece and Southern Italy: Arvanitic songs (1988), and Rose of the rocks (1999); 2 CDs with works and songs by Manos Hadjidakis scored anew: Through branches of the stars (2001), and My age-old moons, my new-flown birds (2002).

b) Along with other singers: Mikis Theodorakis all time greatest hits – 77 songs performed in his world tour 1986-87 (1986); Faces of the sun (by Mikis Theodorakis and Dionysis Karatzás, 1987); 30 Years of Mikis Theodorakis (1989); Lieder (together with German singer-actress Gisela May, 1988); Domna Samiou’s double CD entitled Easter songs (1998); Right in the middle of the sea (2002); Oimoi, phos tou kosmou (hymns from the Holy Passion, 2003).

Compositions: He has composed works for symphony orchestra, soloists and mixed choir on poetry by Constantine Kavafy and Kostas Karyotakis, a Mass for the choir Le mystère des voix Bulgares, a Concerto for guitar, songs, etc.

Publications: Anthology of Arvanitic songs from Greece (a CD-accompanied book with 152 traditional songs in score form, complete with musicological, historical, metrical and linguistic notes; theoretical introduction and musicological analysis by Demetrios Å. Lekkas; 2002).



Anna-Maria Rentzeperi-Tsonou


She was born in Thessaloniki. She studied at the Department of Chemistry (B.Sc., 1987) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and then at its Department of Musical Studies (B.A. with honours, 1993). With an ERASMUS Scholarship she studied at the Musicology Department of Ludwig–Maximilian University of Munich (1991-1992). She is a Doctor of Musicology (Ph.D., 2002) of the Department of Musical Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Concurrently with the above, she studied at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki harmony (Harmony degree, 1989) and classical singing (Diploma summa cum Laude, 1991). She participated in various singing seminars. She gave performances several times as a soloist and as a conductor of children’s choirs and made recordings for the Greek Radio and Television. She has shown ample educational and musicological activity. Today she lectures at the Department of Musical Science and Art of the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki and at the Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki, and writes musicological analyses for the programs of the Organization of the Megaron of Music in Thessaloniki. She is a founding member of the Hellenic Union for Musical Education (E.E.M.E.).



Katy (Ekaterini) Romanou


PhD in Musicology (University of Athens).

Master of Music in Musicology (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana).

She was a music critic at the daily He Kathemerine [The Daily] (1974-1986).

She taught in various music conservatories in Athens, Argos, Kalamata and Volos.

Since 1994 she is teaching at the Music Department of the University of Athens. She is now an Assistant Professor.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the periodical Musicologia [Musicology].

She is the author of many articles (in Greek and foreign periodicals) and the books:

Ethnikes Musikes Periegesis. 1901-1912 [Wandering National Music. 1901-1912], 2 volumes (Cultura: Athens, 1996).

Historia tes Entechnes Neohellenikes Musikes [History of Neohellenic Art Music] (Cultura: Athens, 2000).

He Hellenike musike stous Olympiakous Agones kai tis Olympiades (1858-1896) [Greek music in the Olympic Games and the Olympiads (1858-1896)] (Ministry of Culture / Cultura: Athens 2004).

He musike vivliotheke tes Philharmonikes Hetaireias Kerkyras [The music library of Corfu’s Philharmonic Society] (Cultura: Athens 2004).



Maria Sourtzi


She was born in Athens in 1976. She studied the piano, the violin and music theory at the Greek National Conservatory in Athens, where she obtained her degrees in Harmony and Counterpoint. In 1995 she was accepted to the Conducting Department and to the Music Theory Department of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She studied under I. Eröd (Harmony and Counterpoint), M. A. Dittrich (Music Form and Analysis), H. Fladt and D. Torkewitz (Music Theory), and she graduated in 2003 with distinction, acquiring the title “magistra artium”. Since the December 2002, she has been working as a teacher of Music Theory in the Heraklion School of Music in Crete. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, in co-operation with the Institute of Musicology at the University of Vienna, under the supervision of D. Torkewitz and M. Angerer.


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