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Issue 14

(Spring 2009)




biographical notes


Ioannis Fulias


Ph.D. in Musicology (University of Athens) – personal website: http://users.uoa.gr/~foulias. 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 (now the Faculty of Music Studies) of the University of Athens, from where he graduated in 1999, and in which defended successfully his Doctoral Dissertation in Musicology in 2005 (Slow movements in sonata forms in the classic era. A contribution to the evolution of genres and structural types through the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven). He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Musicologia and Polyphonia and of the Advisory Board of the last one. He has also participated in the Greek RIPM group, in scientific meetings and international congresses, he has published several articles and translations in various Greek musicological journals and music periodicals as well as in other scientific publications, and he has contributed for several years to programmes’ notes for the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) and the Athens State Orchestra.



Anastasia Kakaroglou


She was born in Athens. She graduated from the Department of Musical Studies and the Department of French Language and Literature of the University of Athens. She also received a piano diploma from the Atticon Conservatory of Athens. She is at present a doctoral candidate in Musicology, working on the subject “French researchers on Greek music at the end of the 19th century and the beginnings of the 20th”. Anastasia Kakaroglou holds a state scholarship and teaches music in primary school.



Christos Kolovos


He was born in Athens in 1979, descending from a musical family. He is a graduate violinist with the class of Ioannis Tzoumanis at the Athens Conservatory (2002). In the latter, he also attended advanced theory taught by the composer Periklis Koukos. He is a Bachelor’s Degree graduate violinist too, with the class of Florian Donderer at the Prins Claus Conservatorium of Groningen in The Netherlands. He has also participated in several relevant seminars, including the ones by Diana Ligeti and Carolyn Stuart, and he has been tutored by Grigory Zhislin and Harald Thedéen. Furthermore, he is a student at the Department of Musical Studies of the University of Athens. He has also taken lessons of orchestra conducting by Odissei Dimitriadis and the Dutch conductor Lucas Vis. Since September 2008 he is a pre-Master student of Fontys Conservatorium of Tilburg, with the class of Arjan Tien.

Christos Kolovos was a member of the Kalamata Symphonic Orchestra – Greece (1998-2003) and performed with several ensembles across Greece. He has also performed with the Orchestra of the Greek National Opera’s in various productions and he has been a member of the Orchestra of the Operetta Theater. He has performed with a variety of orchestras and chamber music ensembles across Greece, Netherlands, Germany and Turkey. He gave recitals in many Greek and Dutch cities. Similarly, he performed in several Greek cities with the “Kydoniatis String Quartet”, being its first violinist and founding member. The period 2003-2008 he had a permanent duo with the Greek pianist Titos Gouvelis. He gave the World Première and the first audition in Greece and in Holland of many compositions by Greek composers.

Christos Kolovos has organized numerous events and concerts for many Greek composers, especially for Constantinos Kydoniatis (1908-1996). From 1998 to 2008, he has been studying his work. He has edited the “Complete and Detailed Catalogue of Works” of K. Kydoniatis, partly published in Polyphonia (issue 4). As a researcher, he has repeatedly worked with Takis Kalogeropoulos – for the seventh volume of the lexicon “From Orpheus to Present” and on an album highlighting the history of the Athens State Orchestra – and Georgios Katralis in his book on K. Kydoniatis. He worked as well as a “Tonmeister” in several recordings. Since 2006 he is the editor and compiler of Kydoniatis’ compositions from “Orpheus Editions” (Athens). Furthermore, he was a regular columnist in a municipal newspaper of Kallithea (Athens, 2003-2005), while also publishing in various newspapers and music magazines (Rizospastis, Antifonon, Polytonon and others). From 2001 to 2003, he taught at the Music High School of Ilion (Athens). The season 2007-2008 he has been the leader of Amsterdam Symphonie Orkest “Con Brio”.



Paris Konstantinidis


He was born in Athens. He studied Violin, Harmony and Counterpoint at the National Conservatory, and Fugue at the Municipal Conservatory of Argyroupoli. He graduated from the Department of Musical Studies of the University of Athens, where he is at present a doctoral candidate in Musicology under the supervision of Olympia Psychopedis-Frangou.



Risto Pekka Pennanen


Risto Pekka Pennanen is a research fellow at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. He is an ethnomusicologist and historian of ideas, specialising in the Balkans. Pennanen received his Ph.D. from University of Tampere, Finland, and has been an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Department of Musicology at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany, and a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He has published articles on various Balkan musical styles, especially those of Greece, Bulgaria and Bosnia, and on discography, recording industry and the canons of music history in the peninsula. His current research project is called “Colonial Representations and Discipline: Music and Bureaucracy during the Period of Austro-Hungarian Rule (1878-1918) in Bosnia-Herzegovina”.



Katy Romanou


Katy Romanou – Ph.D. in Musicology (University of Athens); Master of Music in Musicology (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana) – was music critic of the daily He Kathemerine (1974-1986) and taught in various music conservatories in Athens, Argos, Kalamata and Volos. Since 1993 she is in the Faculty of Music Studies of the University of Athens.

Katy Romanou is head of the Greek team and associate editor for the Greek language in RIPM (Répertoire International de la Presse Musicale / Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals, 1800-1950), and member of the editorial board of the Greek periodical Musicologia.

She is the author of many articles and chapters (in Greek and foreign periodicals and collective editions), and the books (in Greek language): Wandering National Music. 1901-1912, 2 volumes (Cultura, Athens 1996); History of Neohellenic Art Music (Cultura, Athens 2000); Greek Music in the Olympic Games and the Olympiads (1858-1896) (Ministry of Culture / Cultura, Athens 2004); The Music Library of Corfu’s Philharmonic Society (Cultura, Athens 2004); Greek Art Music in Modern Times (Cultura, Athens 2006). She is also the editor of a trilingual collective edition, entitled Aspects of Greek and Serbian Music (Orpheus, Athens 2007).



Angeliki Skandali


Angeliki Skandali was born in Athens in 1967. She has lived in Thessaloniki (1986-2002) and since 2002 she shares her living time between Athens and northern Greece. Her conservatory studies include piano with Vasiliki Barzouka-Gaitanou), theoretical studies (Counterpoint, Fuge) with Alkis Baltas, as well as band orchestration at the Hellenic Conservatory in Athens. She has attended classes at orchestra conducting at the Hellenic Conservatory with George Aravidis and at the Athens Conservatory with Loukas Karytinos.

She has graduated (with honours) from the Department for Music Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1995. She has expertised in Historical Musicology and her thesis was about the Greek opera. Postgraduate studies in Musicology – Opera Analysis at the University of Leeds followed. Since October 2007 she prepares her doctoral dissertation on an operatic topic for the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Her researches concern any topic about Greek opera and operetta. Her first book, The procession of opera in Greece during 19th century (ed. Gutenberg, Athens 2001, ISBN 960-01-0870-6), was greeted as the first modern history of Greek opera. She still publishes articles about opera in Greece during 19th and 20th centuries. 

In 2005 she completed her 15-year career as a public school teacher of music. She remains in education with a consultative role about music teaching at the Experimental School of the University of Athens. As she loves singing, she indulges a private teaching with Yolanda di Tasso. In addition, she has attended classes at composition with Christos Samaras.



John Svolos


He was born in Athens in 1955. Since 1996 he is the music critic and a permanent contributor for classical music of Eleftherotypia daily newspaper. He is also a regular contributor to the British monthly opera magazine Opera since 2006. He regularly attends concerts and performances in Athens, Thessaloniki and other Greek cities (Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Greek Radio & Television Orchestra, Greek National Opera, Athens Megaron, Thessaloniki Megaron, Orchestra of Colors, Athens Festival etc.). He also attends major international musical events and European festivals (Bayreuth, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Pesaro, Munich, Bregenz, Glyndebourne, Berlin etc.). Except music criticism, he also contributes texts of a wider musical context.

He started working as a music critic in 1994. He has collaborated with monthly music reviews (Audio 1994-1996, Peritechno, Echo & Artis 2002-2003, High-Lights 2004-2009) and has contributed to editions devoted to yearly overviews of musical life (Epilogos 2002-2006, High-Lights 2004-2009). He regularly reviews editions of CDs and books on Greek art music. He has been a long-term collaborator to Kathimerini newspaper, contributing essays to special inserts of the Sunday issue focusing on classical music (2001-2005). He has produced four series of broadcastings for the culturally oriented Third Program of the Greek Radio, all in all around 100 broadcasts focusing on the interaction between music, history and society. He regularly contributes texts for the programs of various institutions (Athens Megaron, Athens Festival, Thessaloniki Megaron, Thessaloniki Opera, Onassis Foundation, etc.). He was a member of the managing committee responsible for the production of the edition “Instead of a dream”, containing 12 CDs and a 250-page booklet devoted to Greek art music, issued by the Hellenic Culture Organization S.A. Culture Olympiad 2001-2004 (bilingual edition). He has been invited by the Music Departments of the Athens University and the Macedonia University (Thessaloniki) to lecture on music criticism. He has been an active member of the Greek Music and Theater Critics Association from 1998 to 2006, year of his resignation.

He studied Architecture at the Metsovion Athens Polytechnic School and Landscape Architecture in USA. As an architect he has worked for the Greek Ministry of Culture (Restoration project at Epidaurus, 1986-1992) and at the Foundation of Hellenic World (Department of 3D graphics, Archive of monuments of Asia Minor, 1995-2000).


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