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Issue 31

(Fall 2017)




biographical notes


Thimios Atzakas

Thimios Atzakas was born in Thessaloniki in 1971. He studied classical guitar with Costas Cotsiolis, Hubert Käppel and Carlo Marchione. He was taught the ud and modal music by Ziad Radjab, Âehnam Manadjedi and Ross Daly. He is a graduate of the New Conservatoire of Thessaloniki and holds a post-graduate degree from the Music Academy of Köln and the Academy of Music and Drama of Leipzig. In 2013, he completed his PhD thesis on the theme People of the Wood – The ud-istic art from the outskirts of Eastern music world to the contemporary Greek urban culture at the University of the Aegean (Department of Cultural Technology and Communication).

He lived in Berlin from 1998 until 2004. During the last decade, his main avocations have been the performance and exploration of the ud and the modal Eastern music traditions, music composition and improvisation. Moreover, as a performer, he also plays early and contemporary music. From 1996 until present, Thimios Atzakas has performed at international festivals and has lead or participated in many projects in Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Albania, Spain, Portugal, England, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Morocco, Syria and Kirgizstan. He has broadcast and recorded for the Greek National Radio and Television, the WDR, Deutsche Welle, MDR, Arte and the BBC.

Since 2005, Thimios Atzakas teaches the ud and co-ordinates ensembles and several projects in the sector of Traditional Greek Music at the Department of Musical Arts and Sciences of Macedonia University. In 2006 he undertook the artistic administration of the international musicians’ and artists’ forum “Music Village (www.music-village.gr), which takes place every summer in Agios Lavrentios, Pilio. His last CD, Udopia, was honoured with the prestigious “German Record Critics’ Award” (“Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”) in “Grenzgänge” (“crossover”). Udopia is a production of the German record label Carpe Diem in cooperation with the international artistic community Music Village, based in Greece, and distributed internationally by Naxos Music.



Ioannis Fulias

Assistant professor in “Systematic Musicology. Music Theory (18th-19th centuries)” in the Faculty of Music Studies at the University of Athens (personal website: http://users.uoa.gr/~foulias). He was born in Athens in 1976. He studied music at the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata (degrees in Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, and Piano, 1994-1998) and musicology in the Faculty of Music Studies at the University of Athens (bachelor in 1999, and Ph.D. in 2005, with a dissertation on Slow movements in sonata forms in the classic era). He is a member of the Editorial Board and the Advisory Board of both the journals Polyphonia and Musicologia, as well as founder member and Secretary General of the Hellenic Musicological Society. He has participated in the Greek RIPM group, in scientific meetings and international conferences. He has also published several articles, as well as Greek translations of books (by R. Wagner, C. Floros and N. Cook) and shorter studies. His own books, entitled The two piano sonatas of Dimitri Mitropoulos: From late romanticism to National School of Music (2011) and The symphonies of Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf on Ovid’s Metamorphoses: A contribution to the restoration of a milestone in the history of programme music (2015), have been published by “Panas Music”. His research interests fall into the following fields: theory of music forms (from 18th to 21st centuries), the evolution of instrumental music genres and forms in the baroque, classic and romantic era, music analysis and form.



Kostas Kardamis

Kostas Kardamis (kardamis@ionio.gr) is a musicologist currently serving as Assistant Professor in the Music Department at the Ionian University (Corfu). He has collaborated with the Oxford University Press, the Megaron Athens Concert Hall, the Greek Composers Union, the Cultural Foundation of the Piraeus Bank Group and the Durrell School of Corfu. His published studies, papers and articles mainly concern Neohellenic music, with particular focus on 18th and 19th centuries, as well as opera and musical theatre. His research interests also include band music and the interaction of music, society and politics. He is a member of the Hellenic Music Research Lab, the Greek committee for RILM, the editorial committees of the musicological journals Moussikos Loghos and Moussikos Ellenomnemon. He is also the General Editor of the seriesMonuments of Neohellenic Music”. Since 2003, he has been the curator of the Archive and the Museum of the Corfu Philharmonic Society.



Angeliki Skandali

Angeliki Skandali, descended from Crete, was born in Athens. Her conservatory studies include piano, lyric song and harmony at the Hellenic Conservatory, counterpoint and fugue at the Music College of Thessaloniki, band orchestration at the Hellenic Conservatory and composition at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has attended classes of orchestra conducting at the Hellenic Conservatory and at the Athens Conservatory. She has graduated (A Honours) the Department for Music Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She continued with postgraduate studies in Musicology-Opera Analysis at the University of Leeds in United Kingdom with Emeritus Professor Julian G. Rushton. She authors books about opera history and publishes articles about opera cultivation. She is a fellow researcher at the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 2008, and she prepares a thesis at the University of Athens since 2010. She is a member of the Royal Music Association and of the Hellenic Historic Society. Since 2015 she is also a member of the Hellenic Musicological Society.



Nestor Taylor

Born in Melbourne in 1963, Nestor Taylor studied at the Athens Conservatory with George Diamantis and distinguished composer-academic Menelaos Pallantios. He continued his studies in composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Francis Shaw and Robert Saxton and at Royal Holloway under John Woolridge and Peter Wiegold, where he was offered scholarship funding for performance excellence. He holds a number of diplomas and degrees: ALCM in Conducting, LGSM in Composition, LGSM in Choral Composition & Orchestration, Certificate of Advanced Studies (GSMD), as well as M.Mus. and M.Phil degrees, both in Composition (University of London).

His works have been extensively performed in all major venues across Greece as well as overseas (Purcell Room in London, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Lübeck Opera, Great Hall in Odessa, etc.). He has received many awards for his work, among them the 1st prize in Manchester’s Inter-University Competition (1995), the 1st prize in the Mediterranean Composers Competition (2002), the 1st prize in the 2nd National Chamber Music Competition of Greece (2004), the Fulbright Award in 2005 as composer in residence at Yale University, and others.

Founder of the External Examinations Department in Athens (1998-2004), established in association with the London College of Music, Lecturer in Harmony in the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Lecturer in History and Music Appreciation at the State School of Dance (2005-2011), General Artistic Advisor at the Greek National Opera (2009-2016). Nowadays, he collaborates as an orchestrator providing arrangements for the same institution.

Author of the books The Harmony of the Pythagoreans (published by “Nefeli”, Athens 2000) and The Technique of String-Divisi (“Edition Orpheus”, Athens 2007), and writer of numerous musicological articles published in Greek.



Demetre Yannou

Dr.phil. Professor emeritus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Born in Athens, he is graduate in history and archaeology of the Athens University (1972), viola diploma holder of the Conservatory of Athens in the same year (from prof. Tatsis Apostolidis’ class), and he made private studies in advanced theory and composition techniques with the composer Y. A. Papaioannou (1968-1972). He continued university studies at the Cologne University (R. F. Germany) in musicology, linguistics and philosophy, and he received the Dr. Phil. degree at the same university in musicology (1980).

He was member of the Orchestra of the National State Opera in Athens (1980-1985) and member of its board for two years. From 1985 on he was professor of historical musicology at the School of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Faculty of Fine Arts) and one of the founding members of this first established university music department in Greece. He served in several university and academic administrative positions (chairman of the School of Music Studies, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts etc.).

He lectured also at the University of Crete and at various universities outside of Greece. He also published various musicology articles and books in Greek and in other languages.


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