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Issue 27

(Fall 2015)




biographical notes


Dionysia Blazaki

Dionysia Blazaki, born in Athens in 1962, holds a PhD in Music Aesthetics from the Department of Music Studies at the University of Athens (July 2013). The title of her thesis is: The notion of abstraction in Hegel’s and Schopenhauer’s aesthetics of music. In 2005 she graduated with honors from the Faculty of Humanities at the Hellenic Open University, completing the program “Studies in Greek Civilization”.

She gained her guitar diploma from Pindario Conservatory of Athens (1992) with G. Kertsopoulos. Since then, she has been working in conservatory education. During the period 2005-2009 she collaborated as a certified trainer with the General Secretariat for Adult Education (Institute of Adult Continuing Education) in the programs “Listening to Music” and “Greek Music”.

Her artistic activity includes musical performances in concert halls, cultural centers, radio and television. She actively collaborates to the musical proposals “Kertsopoulos Aesthetics” and “Reinventing Guitar”. She participates in CD discography Kertsopoulos Aesthetics, as well as in recordings with the Contemporary Music Orchestra of ERT. Also, she has been active in the field of theater, mainly with her both works: The shores of the heart and People ..!? 2020 AD (published by Dodoni, Athens 2002). Her research interests include issues concerning the aesthetics of music.



Sokratis Georgiadis

Sokratis Georgiadis was born in Athens (Greece) in 1970. He has studied Music Theory, Composition, Piano and Musicology. He is a graduate of the Music Faculty at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and of Panarmonio Conservatory. His compositional output includes music for symphonic orchestra, acousmatic, vocal, and choir music, piano music as well as compositions for solo instruments and various instrumental ensembles. He has composed incidental music for the theatre and television, and has collaborated as a composer, arranger, producer and performer with various artists and performance ensembles in recordings as well as live performances. He is being teaching music theory and piano for more than two decades, while in parallel with his artistic and pedagogical work is actively engaged in musicological research.



Vasileios Kalagkias

Vasileios Kalagkias was born in 1975. In 2015 he graduated with “Great honors” from the Faculty of Music Studies / School of Philosophy of the University of Athens. In 1998 he graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics of University of Patras and in 2011 he got “Harmony Certification” from A. Mavrouli’s Conservatory of Nafplion. He is competent in playing folk and traditional instruments (bouzouki, oud, lute), as he attended music lessons from teachers-musicians such as Themis Papavasileiou and Antonis Apergis. In the summer of 2015 he released his first album that includes ten of his own songs, three of which have been awarded in the 2013 music competition of Foudouli’s Conservatory of Volos. Since 2010 is active in musical education, teaching bouzouki at the Music School of Argolis. Since 1998, he teaches mathematics to High School students (in private education). He is also an active musician, as he plays folk / traditional stringed instruments and he sings in music groups of Nafplion. From 2014 he is a founding member of the art group “Celesta”, concerning the music education for children and puppet theatre.



Katerina Maniou

Doctor of the Department of Music Studies at the University of Athens. She is a Graduate from the same Department and has also studied Piano (under A. Papastefanou) and Music Theory: Harmony, Counterpoint (under Y. Belonis) and Fugue (under P. Adam). In 2014 she received her singing Diploma with grade honors and first prize as mezzo soprano (under J. Drivala). In the same year she successfully defended her Doctoral Dissertation under the title Aspects of Modernism and Postmodernism in Alfred Schnittke’s work, for which she was funded by the State Scholarship Foundation.

As a practitioner, she has taken part in J. Drivala’s opera performances, in performance-art projects, in performances of Music Village and in projects by the choreographer Natasha Avra, while she consistently cooperates with musicians in the field of free improvisation etc. She has attended seminars by P. Adam, C. Studer, H. Gogios, A. Strikos, A. Christofellis and others. In a personal path of vocal investigation, she has been trained at M. Gementzaki’s vocal method and has also attended several intensive workshops of “physical theater” (“Post-Grotowski Theater Practices”).



Solon Raptakis

He was born in Athens in 1991. He studied at the Attikon Conservatory with Dionyssis Mallouhos, 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. He is participating in the post-graduate study program of the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata (“Music Unbound”), in the fieldpiano”. He has actively taken part in master classes of Daniel Blumenthal, Dmitry Bashkirov, Evangelos Sarafianos and Lilia Boyadjieva. 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 (including in his repertoire works by A. Webern, A. Schoenberg, A. Berg, J. Adams, Ô. Takemitsu et al.), 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.


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