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Issue 36

(Spring 2022)




biographical notes


Nikos A. Dontas

Graduate of the German School of Athens, he holds a Ph.D. in Musicology. He works as a music critic for the Athens daily newspaper Kathimerini as well as Head of the Dramaturgy Department of the Greek National Opera (GNO). He has contributed to the German encyclopedic Dictionary Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) and wrote extensively for the publishing departments of the Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls as well as the Athens Festival, among others. For many years he has collaborated with the 3rd Program of the Greek National Radio as well as private radio stations. He is the author and editor-in-chief of the GNO 80 Years Jubilee Edition (2020) as well as the author of the volume Pictures for the Opera (Athens 2021). He holds a M.Sc. in Advanced Architectural Studies (UC London) and has worked on the 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 the author and academic editor of a volume on the Ionian city of Priene (FHW, Athens 2001 / Harvard University Press, Cambridge [Mass.] 2005).



Dimitris Kollintzas

Dimitris Kollintzas was born in Athens and currently lives in Chania. He is a teacher of Byzantine Music at the Chania Conservatory “Ioannis Manioudakis” and psaltes of the Holy Temple of Zoodochos Pigi in Mournies (Chania). His research and music interests focus on the traditional Greek music and the secular music of Constantinople as a player of the musical instrument kanoon. He holds a diploma in Byzantine Music. In 2015 he graduated from the Patriarchal University Ecclesiastical Academy of Crete with an honors degree. In 2018 he completed his postgraduate studies at the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Byzantine Musicology and Hymnography with distinguished honor. He is a doctoral candidate in Byzantine Musicology at the Department of Music Studies, School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, supervised by professor Emmanuel Giannopoulos. He has participated in the production of music albums as a chorister and music performer in Byzantine and traditional music choirs and ensembles. He is the author of various musicological articles in academic journals and has presented papers at the 2nd and 3rd Hymnal and Musicological Conferences in Crete as well as at the 4th International Musicological Conference of Volos.



Dimitris Kotronakis

Dimitris Kotronakis (b. 1973) is a classical guitarist and musicologist based in Athens, Greece. He started studying the classical guitar at the age of seven, and graduated from the International Conservatory of Athens with a guitar diploma in 1992. He attended post-graduate studies in classical guitar at the Athens Conservatory, graduating in 1996. He also undertook advanced theoretical and musicological studies that led to a diploma in Fugue (International Conservatory of Athens) and a Musicology degree (University of Athens, School of Philosophy, Department of Music Studies) in 1996. He holds a doctorate from the same University (2014). His dissertation research focused in particular on the world of guitar in Greece. He is a multiple prize winner in guitar competitions in Greece, Spain and Romania. He also won the major honorary mention award at the 12th International Web Concert Hall Competition (USA, 2011) for all classical orchestra instrumentalists. He has recorded nine albums of solo, chamber music and concerto repertoire, mainly for EMI Classics, Clear Note and Soundset Records. He has performed in numerous guitar recitals throughout Europe, North America and China; he has also co-operated as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Kielce (Poland), the Orchestra Artave (Portugal), the Philharmonic Orchestra of Craiova (Romania), the Camerata Orchestra (Greece), and the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra (Greece). He teaches guitar in three music institutions in Athens (the Music School of Athens, the International Conservatory of Athens, and the Panarmonio Conservatory). He is a board member of the historic Volos International Guitar Festival.



Zafiris Nikitas

Zafiris Nikitas holds a PhD in Theatre Studies and is a Postdoctoral Researcher. He studied Law and Theatre at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. For his PhD, which focused on the dramaturgy of Jannis Kambyses (and his relation, among others, with the reception of Wagnerism at the end of the 19th century), he received an excellence scholarship from the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation, graded first in Humanities at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests focus on the cultural identity of modern Greek theatre of the 19th and 20th centuries and the connection of Music and Theatre. He has published articles in Greek and international peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Skini, Critical Stages, Paravasis). He has participated in conferences at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Freie Universität Berlin and also in the 12th Interdepartmental Musicological Conference. His interdisciplinary interests in musicology focus on the work of Nikos Skalkottas, Manolis Kalomiris, Manos Hatzidakis and Jani Christou. He has taken part in various research projects and in the Ancient Drama Summer School in Epidaurus. He taught History of European and Global Theatre at the Drama School Iasmos and he delivered a talk at the Department of Music Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has received violin and theory music lessons. His recent publications consist of three literature books and one literary translation in collaboration with Professor Dimitrios Z. Nikitas.



Apostolos Palios

Piano soloist and musicologist. Born in Karditsa, in 1979, he graduated from the Department of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a Ph.D. degree. His dissertation title is Life and work of Greek composer, pianist and pedagogue Loris Margaritis. He also holds BA and MA degrees with distinction as piano soloist from the Universities of Music of Berlin and Leipzig. He is a fellow of various Greek and international foundations and prize-winner of several national and international piano, chamber music and composition competitions in Greece, Germany, Spain and Italy, as well as laureate from the Academy of Athens and from the Association of Greek Critics for Drama and Music. He has performed as a soloist at the most important concert halls of the world and his discography includes, among others, Greek contemporary music. He has published papers and articles in the fields of historical musicology and musical interpretation. He has participated in various musicological conferences and meetings, and authored an encyclopedia entry for Grove Music Online. He is a member of the Hellenic Musicological Society. He taught piano at the Department of Music Science and Art (University of Macedonia) and “Music Interpretation and Analysis” and “Piano Performance” as a teaching fellow at the Department of Music Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.



Panos Vlagopoulos

Panos Vlagopoulos is a Professor at the Music Studies Department of the Ionian University at Corfu. He studied Law and Musicology. From 1995 to 2008 he was Head of Acquisitions and Outreach Programs at the Music Library “Lilian Voudouri” of the Friends of Music Society in Athens. His academic interests fall in the intersection of (esp. modern Greek) music history, philosophy and ideology.


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