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Issue 33-34

(Spring 2019)




biographical notes


Alexandros Baltzis


Alexandros Baltzis (PhD) is an Associate Professor of Sociology of the Arts and Mass Communication (School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), a tutor and a coordinator of the unit “Cultural Communication” at the Hellenic Open University (postgraduate programme “Cultural Organizations Management”). He has also been a visiting professor abroad (Université Paris VIII, University of Sofia) and taught at the Democritus University of Thrace. He is the author of 65 publications in three languages and the editor of the Greek edition of John Walker’s Art in the Age of Mass Media (University Studio Press, Thessaloniki 2010). He is also the editor of two collective volumes. He has presented papers at more than 45 international and local conferences, and participated in more than 20 international and local research projects. He is a member of several academic societies and networks (ESA, ECREA, IMS, and others). He is a reviewer in scholarly journals and a proposal evaluator for the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020. His research interests include the production and consumption of culture, the impact of globalization on cultural industries, cultural management, and cultural communication (for more information visit: https://baltzis.webpages.auth.gr).



George Fitsioris


Ph.D. in Musicology (Athens University, Department of Music Studies, 2000), M.A. in Music Theory (Washington University in St. Louis, Music Department, 1996). He also studied architecture and music theory in Athens. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Music Studies at the University of Athens, he taught the courses “Theory and Practice of Tonal Music”, “Theory and Practice of Renaissance Music” and “Musical Hermeneutics”, as well as seminars on theory and analysis of tonal, modal, and rock music. His interests and research include work on Schenkerian theory and methodology, on the implementation of semiotic, phenomenological and, mainly, narratological models in music analysis, as well as on the history of music theory and compositional practices of late-medieval and renaissance music. He has been a member of the advisory and the editorial boards of the scientific journal Musicologia. In 2004, Nefeli Books published his first book entitled Introduction to the Theory and Analysis of Tonal Music. A second book, The Bach Chorales, Placed within a Broader Historical Period of Compositional and Theoretical Pursuits (15th-18th centuries), had been published by Panas Music in 2010.



Ioannis Fulias


Associate professor in “Systematic Musicology. Music Theory (18th-19th centuries)” in the Department 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 Department 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 both the Editorial and the Advisory Boards of the journal Polyphonia, as well as founder member and Secretary General of the Hellenic Musicological Society. He has also been a member of the Editorial and the Advisory Boards of the journal Musicologia, he has participated in the Greek RIPM group, in scientific meetings and international conferences, while he has 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.



Theodore Karathodoros


He was born in Thessaloniki. He works as a composer and a musicologist. He received his PhD in Musicology from the Department of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His thesis is entitled The effects of characteristic Byzantine music idioms on contemporary Greek art music. A case study: Michael Adamis, Dimitri Terzakis. He graduated with honours from the Department of Music Science and Art at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. He studied composition with Athanasios Zervas and Michael Adamis, while attending seminars of world-renowned composers, such as Eric Honour, Gustavo Leone, Ilya Levinson, Stephen Syverud, Theodore Antoniou, Dinos Constantinides and others. Theodore Karathodoros holds a degree in Harmony and music theory, as well as a diploma in Byzantine Music and in Piano performance with honours. He has presented many papers in musicology conferences, while several of his pieces have been performed both in Greece and abroad by distinguished soloists and prestigious ensembles, such as the Athens Saxophone Quartet, Rex Richardson, Iwona Glinka, Leo Saguiguit etc. He was a scientific associate of the Great Orthodox Christian Encyclopedia, contributing with various entries on Byzantine music. Since 2008, he has been the Cultural Affairs Officer of Nea Anchialos Society of Athens. He teaches the piano at the Music School of Volos.



Antonis I. Konstantinidis


Dr. Antonis I. Konstantinidis is a music teacher at the Music School of Thessaloniki, a holder of Ph.D. in musicology and a music critic. He was born in Kavala in 1972. He studied in the departments of Mathematics (B.Sc. 1994) and Music Studies (B.A.1999) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Being an IKY scholar, he obtained a Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.) in Musicology from the Department of Music Studies at the University of Athens under the supervision of Prof. Gregorios Stathis. His research focused on the musicological study and mathematic proof of the micro-intervals in the theory of Greek music. Subsequently, he completed a postgraduate program specialized in pedagogical issues at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, focusing on the analysis of the structure and objectives of the music curriculum in public schools. He also studied Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue at the Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki, and obtained a Diploma Degree in Byzantine Music, being a student of Archon Protopsaltes Charilaos Taliadoros. For several years, he had been teaching Byzantine Music, Byzantine Musicology, Hymnology and Music Criticism in the departments of Music Studies and Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. As a music critic, he has been writing for the newspaper Makedonia tis Kyriakis on a weekly basis since 2000. Until today he has published hundreds of papers and critic notes on music concerts, opera performances, music recordings, and other stage productions. He also writes introductory texts for various music events and organizations, and has been a member of several judging committees of music competitions. In 2003 he was elected as a member of the “Association of Greek Music and Theatre Critics”. He served twice as the president of the “Alumni Association of the Department of Music Studies at the Aristotle University” and a member of the Board of Directors of the “Byzantine Liturgical Theatre – Center of Ecclesiastical Music”. In 2002, he was appointed to public education and has since served as a teacher of Byzantine Music at the Music School of Thessaloniki and currently as the Head of Cultural Affairs of the Directorate for Secondary Education of Eastern Thessaloniki. In 2015, following a call for tenders by the Institute of Educational Policy, he developed the Analytical Program (Curriculum) of Byzantine Music for the 1st and 2nd grades of Greek Music Schools.



Sofia Kontossi


Pianist and musicologist. She graduated, on scholarship, as a soloist from the Academia de Arte George Enescu. She received a Ph.D. in musicology (University of Athens – Leonidas Zoras: A Thematic Catalog of Works) and a D.M.A. in piano performance (Universitate de Arte George Enescu The song for voice and piano in the Greek musical creation of the first half of the 20th century). As a pianist, she has taken part in master classes with Hans Leygraf, Paola Volpe, Frank Wibaut, and Monique Deschaussées. She has won prizes in International Piano Competitions and she has given concerts in Greece, Romania, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Cyprus, and Turkey. She is regularly invited in Greece and abroad to give master classes on Art Song performance. A researcher of Greek Art Music, she has participated in many conferences and she has published in Greek, French, and Serbian academic journals. She is a contributing author at the Grove Music Online. She is currently teaching at the Hellenic American University and the National Conservatory of Greece. She is a member of the Greek Committee of the RIPM, the board of the Leonidas Zoras Archive, the Manolis Kalomiris Society Directory Committees, the Greek Musicological Society, and the IAML.



Irmgard Lerch-Kalavrytinos


Irmgard Lerch-Kalavrytinos, born at Duderstadt / Germany, studied physics and musicology at Göttingen, with, among others, Heinrich Husmann and Rainer Maria Brandl, and had special training as scientific librarian. In 1987, she obtained her Ph.D. with a dissertation on the medieval Cambrai fragments, under the supervision of Ursula Günther. Since 1987, she lives in Greece, where she has been teaching historical musicology, first at the Ionian University of Corfu and, since 1991, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. At present, she is Professor of Historical Musicology in the Department of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In her publications she mainly deals with French medieval music and with musical life in modern Greece. She plays several early wind instruments as well as the violoncello.



Nikolaos Maliaras


Professor of Musicology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. BA in Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature, University of Athens (Greece), 1983; BA in Piano, Athens National Conservatory (Greece), 1982; MA in Musicology and Music Pedagogy, University of Munich (Germany), 1988 (thesis: Form in Joseph Haydn’s Early String Quartets); PhD in Musicology, “magna cum laude”, University of Munich (Germany), 1990 (dissertation: The Organ in Byzantine Court Ceremonial of the 9th and 10th century). Nikolaos Maliaras served as a teaching fellow at the University of Crete. In 1995, he was elected a member of the teaching staff in the Department of Music Studies at the University of Athens. He gives lectures and seminars on music history and analysis, musical instruments etc. Between September 2010 and August 2014 he chaired the Department. Since June 2011 he serves as the director of the Sector for Historical and Systematic Musicology and of the Laboratory for the Study of Greek Music. He has published nine books and numerous articles in Greek and international journals, and has taken part in many international congresses in Greece and abroad. He is also a collaborator of the publications department of the Athens Concert Hall. His scientific interests focus on Modern Greek Art Music of the 19th and the 20th centuries. He works on the analytical study of music of Manolis Kalomoiris and other representatives of the Greek National School of Music. He also investigates the field of Byzantine secular music and musical instruments through historical, philological, archaeological and pictorial sources. He has published studies on certain aspects of the work of J. S. Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Stravinsky, R. Strauss, Chopin, and others. He is also the permanent conductor of the Students’ Choir of the Department of Music Studies at the University of Athens and of the “Manolis Kalomoiris Children’s Choir”. He is the Chairman of the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra, Chairman of the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra, Vice-President of the Hellenic Musicological Society, Secretary of the “Manolis Kalomoiris Society” and Member of the Society of the Friends of the Greek Music Library.



Katy Romanou


Musicologist Katy Romanou is a researcher of Greek music in the CE. She has published widely in Greek and English languages, and has conducted several projects in collaboration with Greek and foreign – especially Balkan – musicologists. Romanou (who studied musicology in Bloomington, IN, in 1969-1974) was a music critic of the daily He Kathimerine (1974-1986), taught in several music conservatories in Greece, as well as in the Music Department at the University of Athens and at the European University of Cyprus. She is the coordinator of the Greek team of RIPM (Retrospective Index of Music Periodicals) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Musicological Society.



Anastasia Siopsi


Anastasia Siopsi is a Professor of “Aesthetics of Music” (Music Department, School of Music and Audiovisual Arts, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece). Since 2004, she serves as a tutor of the course “History of the Arts in Europe” of the B.A. programme “Studies in European Civilization” at the Hellenic Open University. Apart from her studies in music, she has also studied architecture (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Architecture, Thessaloniki, Greece). Her books include Three Essays on Manolis Kalomiris [in Greek] (Greek Musicological Publications 4, Music Publishing House Papagrigoriou – Nakas, Athens 2003), Music in Nineteenth-Century Europe [in Greek] (George Dardanos Publications / Gutenberg, Athens 2005), Aspects of modern Greek identity through the looking glass of music in revivals of ancient drama in modern Greece [in Greek] (George Dardanos Publications / Gutenberg, Athens 2012), and Richard Wagner (1813-1883): Essays on the aesthetics of his theory and work [in Greek] (Greek Musicological Publications 16, Music Publishing House Papagrigoriou – Nakas, Athens 2013). She is co-editor of the Hellenic Journal of Music, Education and Culture (HeJMEC), with Prof. G. Welsh (University of London).



Iakovos Steinhauer


Iakovos Steinhauer studied Music Sciences and Art History at the J. W. Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main. He obtained a Master of Arts (1999) and a Ph.D. (2005) at the J. W. Goethe-University. His dissertation, entitled Musical Space und Compositional Object in the Music of Edgard Varèse, was published in 2008 (Frankfurter Beiträge zur Musikwissenschaft, Bd. 34, Hans Schneider Verlag). Today, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is the author of numerous publications and he has given lectures at various universities in Athens, Crete, and Frankfurt am Main on music theory, aesthetics, film music, the antic reception in the 20th century music, as well as the relationship between music and the visual arts.


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