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Issue 24

(Spring 2014)




biographical notes


Irena Bogdanović


Irena Bogdanović was born in Belgrade (Serbia) in 1974. She studied theatrology in the Faculty of Theatre Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (BA in 2001, MA in 2004 and PhD in 2012). In parallel with her dissertation on The theatre of Renaissance and Baroque in the Balkan Peninsula and the Islands, she undertook and completed, in collaboration with professor Walter Puchner, theatrological research on Greek performance in Odessa 1814-1914, a project under the auspices of the Academy of Athens. Her articles have been published in Greek and Serbian journals. She has also worked on the translation of theatrical plays and other literary works (G. Xanthoulis, M. Držić, G. Joannou, A. Terzakis, N. Kazantzakis etc.). At the moment she is a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Theatre Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, working in a project titled The ancient motifs in Renaissance and Baroque secular theatrical productions of the Southeastern Europe.



Nikos A. Dontas


Born in Bonn (Germany) in 1963, he holds a PhD in Musicology (Faculty of Music Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 2014). Since 2006 he is the Head of the Dramaturgy Department of the Greek National Opera and since 1995 he is the music critic of the Athens daily newspaper Kathimerini. He has contributed articles to the 29-volume German Dictionary Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) and has written extensively for the publishing departments of the Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls, the Athens Festival, the Greek National Opera etc. He has produced series of programs regarding classical music for the Greek National Radio as well as for private radio stations. He holds a M.Sc. in Advanced Architectural Studies (Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, 1986) and has worked as a designer and supervisor of the 20.000 m2 extension of the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens. He has also been Supervisor of Computer Aided Design and Visuals at the Foundation of the Hellenic World and is the author and academic editor of a volume on the Ionian city of Priene (GHW 2001), which was translated and published in English by Harvard University Press in 2005.



Nick Poulakis


Nick Poulakis studied musical performance, music theory, composition and musicology. He holds a PhD in ethnomusicology and cultural anthropology from the Faculty of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The topic of his thesis is the music in Greek cinema of the ’60s. He has worked as a music teacher in public and private schools and as a music editor in major music publishing companies and cultural / educational institutions. He teaches courses on ethnographic film and documentary, as well as on film music theory in the Faculty of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has taught ethnomusicology, music informatics and multimedia, ethnographic cinema and film music in the Department of Popular and Traditional Music at the Technical Education Institute of Epirus (Arta) and he has participated in more than 15 research programs. He has published articles and chapters in books, edited volumes and journals on music, cinema, (ethno)musicology, anthropology, media and education. He is a fellow of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the “Propontis” Foundation and the “Sasakawa” Foundation. His compositions have been successfully performed in Greece and abroad. He is a member of the advisory board of the Greek musicological journal Polyphonia and the “International Music and Media Research Group”. He was recently elected as a member of the Special Technical Laboratory Staff of the Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology Laboratory at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where, in the meantime, he works as a postdoctoral researcher.



Walter Puchner


He was born in Vienna in 1947. He is Professor of Theatre Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Dr. Puchner taught as a Visiting Professor at various leading university-level institutions in Europe and the United States. He has published over 80 books, about 1000 book reviews and more than 300 scholarly studies on subjects concerning Greek and Balkan theatre, comparative ethnology, Byzantine and Modern Greek studies, and the theory of theatre and drama.



Katy Romanou


Musicologist Katy Romanou was a member of the Faculty of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1994-2009). Since 2010 she teaches at the European University of Cyprus. She is a researcher of recent Greek art music and has conducted a number of research projects funded by the Research Committee of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2003-2004, 2006-2007) and the Greek State’s General Secretary of Research and Technology (2005-2007). She is coordinator of the Greek team of RIPM (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales / Retrospective Index of Music Periodicals). She has published widely in Greek and foreign journals and edited volumes, among which: “Exchanging Rings under dictatorships”, Music and Dictatorship in Europe and Latin America (Brepols, 2009); (with Maria Barbaki), “Music education in Nineteenth century Greece: Its institutions and their contribution to urban musical life”, Nineteenth Century Music Review (June 2011); (with Sophia Kompotiati), “Verdi’s reception in Greece”, Verdi Reception (Brepols, 2013). Her recent books include Serbian and Greek Art Music: A Patch to Western Music History (Bristol & Chicago, 2009), as well as a translation of Chrysanthos of Madytos’ Great Theory of Music (New York, 2010).



Konstantinos G. Sampanis


Konstantinos G. Sampanis was born in Athens in 1964. He completed his studies in the Faculty of History and Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He received a MA in Opera from the Faculty of Theatre Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a PhD in Historical Musicology from the Faculty of Music Studies at the Ionian University, with a thesis entitled Opera in Athens during the reign of King Otto (1833-1862) through newspaper articles and travelers’ memoirs of that era. In particular, he examines the introduction, the reception and the establishment of the operatic genre in the theatres of the Greek-speaking area during the 19th century. He works as a Greek language teacher since 1989. He is married and has two adult daughters.  



Ioannis Tselikas


Ioannis Tselikas studied piano with Uwe Matschke at the National Conservatory of Athens (Diploma, 1997), oboe with Claude Chieulet at the Athens Conservatory (Diploma, 1999) and music theory with Panaghiotis Adam at the Athenaeum Conservatory. He received his BA from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1999) and continued his postgraduate studies in music history and theory (double degree) at Boston University. He submitted the topic of his dissertation entitled “Nikolaos Skalkottas’ works for winds and piano”. In 2008 he founded, along with Yannis Sabrovalakis, the Hellenic Music Centre, aiming at collecting, publishing and disseminating musical works written by Greek composers. He is a member of Athens Municipality Symphony Orchestra and a member of the “Aeolos” woodwind quintet. Since 2007 he teaches music history and theory at the Hellenic American University.


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