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Issue 15

(Fall 2009)




biographical notes


Minas I. Alexiadis

He was born in 1960 in Athens. He studied piano with Marika Papaioannou and George Platon, jazz piano with Béla Lakatos, music theory and composition with Yannis Ioannidis in Athens and then with Günther Becker (Diploma in composition, Robert Schumann University) in Düsseldorf. He also is a graduate of Law and a Ph.D. in Musicology (University of Athens). Many of his compositions have been performed and broadcast worldwide, awarded prizes, recorded and released in 21 LP’s and CD’s in Greece, Italy, Germany, England and Japan. From 1989 till now he is a member of the presidency of the Greek Composers’ Union and 2002-2006 he was a member of the administrative council and General Secretary of the Greek National Opera. He has participated in international musicological and theatrological congresses and writings of his have been published in several editions – as, for instance, his analytical study on Igor Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat published by Ph. Nakas Editions, Athens. From 2000 to 2004 he has been teaching at the Music Departments of the Aristotle University and the Macedonian University in Thessaloniki. Since 2004 he teaches as an Assistant Professor for Music Theater and Opera at the Department of Theatre Studies – Athens University.



Nikos Bubaris

Nikos Bubaris is a Lecturer at the Department of Cultural Informatics at the University of the Aegean in Greece. His research interests focus on cultural theory, sound theory and design, music industry and contemporary cultural production. He has published in several journals and books on issues related to music youth cultures, music industry, the new media, sound cultures and technologies, and he has edited books on cultural theory, representation and the cultural industries. He has also produced soundscape compositions, interactive installations and multimedia works that have been presented in Greece and abroad.



Ioannis Fulias

Lecturer in “Systematic Musicology. Music Theory (18th-19th centuries)” at the Faculty of Music Studies of the University of Athens (personal website: http://users.uoa.gr/~foulias). He was born in Athens in 1976. In 1989 he began 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, where he graduated in 1999, and in which successfully defended 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, as well as of the Advisory Board of the latter one. He has also participated in the Greek RIPM group, in scientific meetings and international congresses, has published several articles and translations in various Greek musicological journals and music periodicals as well as in other scientific publications, and has contributed for several years to programme 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 C. 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”.



Apostolos Kostios

He studied advanced theory and piano at the Hellenic Conservatory, vocal studies at the Athens National Conservatory, Art History, Philosophy and Musicology at the University of Vienna. In 1980 he was nominated Doctor of Philosophy (Musicology) at the University of Vienna.

He has taught at the Hellenic Conservatory of Athens and also served as a music critic for the newspaper Dimokratiki Allagi, published in Athens. He was elected Associate Professor in 1992 and Professor at the Athens University in 1998, in the Faculty of Music Studies (Musicology). He has worked with the First and Third Program of ERT (Hellenic Radio and Television), as well as the Austrian Radio as scientific advisor and producer in more than eight hundred broadcasts. He has given lectures and made announcements in international musicology conferences and has represented Greece at the General Congresses of the International Music Council – UNESCO, while also has served as President of the Greek department of this organization from 1998 to its dissolution (2009). He is a member of the Plenary Session of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO. His initiative established the “Hellenic Music Award – UNESCO”. He has founded the associations “Friends of Music Society” and “Friends of Hellenic Music Library, Museum and Hellenic Art Music Archive Society” (1991), of which he was elected President and has been elected ever since. Moreover, he created the “Hellenic Music Archive and Documentation Centre” that includes, among others, the “D. Mitropoulos Collection” and with the support of whom exhibitions under the title “D. Mitropoulos – Life and work” were realized in Greece and large music centres abroad (Athens, Milan, Vienna, N. York, Nafplio, Volos, Moscow, Patra etc.). He served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the National Opera for the time span between 1999-2006. From 1981 until 2009, he has offered his services as “Advising Professor” to the “Alexander S. Onassis” public benefit foundation.

Greek music constitutes the centre of his research interests. He has been the advising scientist or cooperator of research programmes, such as: “Publication of texts and biography documentations of M. Kalomiris”, “The History of the Athens National Orchestra”, “Corpus of music critic notes by M. Dounias”, “Detection and collection of texts in newspapers and magazines relevant to the Greek music life from the middle of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century”, “Digitization of the National Opera Archive” etc. The revival of interest on the work of Mitropoulos is owed to him and –to a great extend– the promotion of Greek art music abroad. He has established the “Biography construction of living Greek composers” university seminar. He has written the following books: Fifty years of the Greek Composers Union, 1931-1981 (1981); Dimitris Mitropoulos (1985 / Athens Academy Award); Dimitris Mitropoulos (Florence 2003); Texts by D. Mitropoulos – Comments by A. Kostios (1997); Catalogue of works by D. Mitropoulos (1997); The element of theatricality in the work of D. Mitropoulos (1997); Musicological issues I (1999); Method of Musicological Research (2001); 75 years of the Greek Composers Union, 1931-2006 – From Chronicle to History (2007 / Union of Greek Theatrical and Music Critics Award, 2008). Written also by A. Kostios are parts of the World Biography Dictionary encyclopaedia, papers on operas performed by the Greek National Opera, articles in Greek and foreign newspapers and magazines. He has translated opera librettos and music books (Paul Griffiths, A Concise History of Modern Music from Debussy to Boulez, 1993; Victor Fuchs, The Art of Singing and the Voice Technique, 1999). He has edited publications of compositions by Mitropoulos, the volume dedicated to music of the Educational Greek Encyclopaedia (Athens Publishing), records publications in Greece and abroad. He is the founder and scientific advisor in charge of the “Greek Musicological Publications” series (eight volumes / Panas Music ed., Papagrigoriou & Nakas). He is a member of the advisory scientific committee for the Musicologia and Mousikos Logos journals. He proposed the foundation and is a member of the Honorary Committee of the orchestra conduct and composition international organization “Dimitris Mitropoulos”. He participates in the initiative for the creation of the “Greek Music Workshop” in the Department of Music Studies of the Athens University. He has been in charge of coordination and scientific editing of the “2010, Year of Dimitris Mitropoulos – 50 years after…” events.

The Austrian Ministry of Education has awarded him with the title of “Professor”. In 2003 he was appointed Professor Emeritus of the Athens University. In 2004 he was appointed Honorary Member of the Greek Composers Union in recognition of his contribution to Greek music. In 2009 he was appointed Honorary Chairman of the Greek National Music Council – UNESCO.



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).



Dimitris Sarris

Dimitris Sarris studied Communication and Mass Media (BA), Business Administration (BA), Cultural Policy, Management and Communication (MA), Music, and is a Ph.D. Candidate (Scholarship from State Scholarships Foundation) researching on Cultural Studies of Sound (Department of Communication, Media, and Culture, Panteion University of Athens). He thought in primary and higher education subjects related to Music and Culture. In his research work are included projects about didactic media in music education and education in general, such as “digital abacus”, “Metasound Group Project” (http://www.metasound.gr), “Organotopia” and other. They entire have been presented with papers, in proceedings and publishes. “Museum of Homemade Musical Instruments” that was developed during “Mathitiada” organization (Proti Serron, Greece) is the most recent from his project about Cultural Management and Museum Culture. All of his work is been presented online on his educational web page: http://users.sch.gr/dsarris.


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