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Issue 25

(Fall 2014)




biographical notes


Nikos A. Dontas

Born in Bonn (Germany) he holds a Ph.D. in Musicology (Faculty of Music Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). Since 2006 he is 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 broadcasts 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, UCL) 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 at the Hellenic World and is the author and academic editor of a volume on the Ionian city of Priene (FHW, 2001), which was translated and published in English by Harvard University Press in 2005.



Konstantinos Mavrogenis

Born in Athens, he started studying piano with Vangelis Katsambas at the Hellenic Conservatory of Music and Arts, from which he graduated in 1993 (Degree in Harmony in 1992). He continued his studies in Advanced Theory under Panagiotis Adam and Joseph Papadatos at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory (Degree in Fugue in 1996). At the same period, he took up classical singing with M. Stamataki and continued with G. Zervanos (Diploma in classical singing in 2001).

As a soloist singer he has cooperated with the Greek National Opera, the Athens Concert Hall, the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, the Hellenic Festival and the Onassis Cultural Center, while he has also performed with the orchestra of the Greek National Opera, the Athens State Orchestra, the Greek Radio Orchestra, the City of Athens Orchestra and the Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra, interpreting scores from the baroque era until the twentieth century as well as works of important Greek composers (M. Hatzidakis, N. Mamangakis, Y. Markopoulos etc.). He is a member of the early music vocal ensemble “Polyphonia”, which has recorded on FM Records all the surviving works of the sixteenth-century Cretan composer Franghiskos Leondaritis.

He is a graduate of the Technical University of Athens (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, 1997) and holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology awarded by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Faculty of Music Studies, 2009).



Solon Raptakis

He was born in Athens in 1991. He studied at the Attikon Conservatory with Dionysis Mallouchos, where he received his piano diploma in 2012 (grade A, first prize and distinction). He has also received awards in piano competitions (second prize in the Arafinios Panhellenic Competition, first prize in the UNESCO Panhellenic Competition). In addition, he has studied Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue. In 2014 he graduated from the Department of Music Studies at the University of Athens, having completed a thesis under the supervision of Prof. Ioannis Fulias on the subject “The Piano Sonata in Early Romanticism: A Comparative Study of First Movements from Piano Sonatas of the 1820s”. He specializes in the performance of late romantic, modern and contemporary piano pieces, and regularly participates in the artistic events of the Department of Music Studies at the University of Athens and the Municipality of Vironas, where he lives. He is a piano teacher at the Attikon Conservatory.



Konstantinos G. Sampanis

He was born in Athens in 1964 and completed his studies at the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the School of Philosophy at the University of Athens. He received his Master’s Diploma in Opera from the Faculty of Theatre Studies of the School of Philosophy at the University of Athens, and a PhD in Historical Musicology from the Faculty of Music Studies at the Ionian University of Corfu, with a thesis entitled Opera in Athens during the Reign of King Otto (1833-1862) through Newspaper Articles and Travellers’ Memoirs of that Era. He deals specifically with the introduction, the reception and the establishment of the operatic genre in the theatres of the Greek-speaking area during the nineteenth century. He has been working as a Greek language teacher since 1989, is married and has two adult daughters.



Markos Skoulios

His research, both as an ethnomusicologist and a music performer, focuses on the “Great Eastern” traditions with particular attention to the modal systems found in the area between Greece and North India (Ottoman-Turkish and Arabic Makams, Persian Dastgahs, Indian Ragas and Byzantine Octoechos). Among his teachers were Cinuçen Tanrıkorur, Ömer Erdoğdular, Ümit Gürelman, Murat Tokaç, Caner Şahin, Darius Tala’i, Rahim Khoshnawwaz, Bachalal Mishra, Santosh Mishra, Panayiotis Neohoritis and Lefteris Mitropoulos.

Since 1994 he has worked as a professional musician collaborating with many groups, taking part in numerous concerts and recordings in Greece and abroad. He is the founder and coordinator of Maye Ensemble, a group which performs Greek and Near and Middle Eastern music repertoire. In 2007 he was invited to participate as a soloist in the “International Ney Meeting” in Jerash Festival (Amman, Jordan).

In the period between 1994 and 2002 he taught the Ud, the Ney and Modal Analysis in several state or private music schools and conservatories. Between 2002 and 2005 he undertook the coordination of the research group for the theory of Mediterranean music in the “MediMuses”, a three-year program funded by the European Community and realised by the music organization “En Chordais”. He is the artistic director of the annual “Festival of Eastern Music” organised by FEX in Xanthi.

Since the fall of 2003 he teaches at the Department of Traditional Music of the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus. At the same time he publishes scientific papers and gives lectures and seminars on issues concerning Eastern modal traditions and their relation to Greek musical idioms (at the Universities of Aix en Provence, France, and Yildiz, Turkey, at the annual encounters of Mediterranean Music Schools in Damascus and Genoa, etc).


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