Teachers

Nicolas Vassiliou – conductor/coach
Teru Yoshihara – voice
Charikleia Glavopoulou – voice
Panagiotis Adam – stage director
Dimitris Chandrakis – violin
Apollon Grammatikopoulos  – violin
Chara Siraviola
Chrisa Grenda – correpetitor / coach

 

NICOLAS VASSILIOU

Pianist, conductor and composer, born in Athens. Studied piano, fugue, choral conducting in Athens and orchestral conducting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, through an Athens Academy scholarship (also awarded the “Alexander Gibson” grant in Scotland).

Taught music in secondary education, as well as piano and choral conducting at the Greek National Conservatory.

Director of children’s Choir “Manolis Kalomiris (1992-2000) teamed up many times with the Greek National Opera, the Athens Festival and the Athens Concert Hall Megaron.

Since 1994 participated in music preparation of at least 60 GNO productions as a repetiteur (broad repertoire, ranging from Purcell to Stravinsky, Verdi, Puccini, Ligeti, Dallapicolla etc). Initially, Assistant Director of the choir (2001/3), since 2005, chief Choir Director of the GNO (1st greek representation of Ligetis’ Grand Macabre, Wagners’ Tanhauser’, Adams’ Nixon in China e.t.c), a position held until 2011, when he became Studienleiter and assistant Orchestral Conductor of GNO, as well as head of Studies for the GNO Opera Studio.

Noted for conducting performances of 20thcentury opera pieces (Barber, Milhaud, Hindemith, Blacher, Glanert) and also rarely appeared classical pieces (Galuppi “L amante di tutte”, Mozart “La finta semplice”, Boccherini “Stabat Mater” e.t.c.) has also appeared as a conductor with the Athens State Orchestra and the Orchestra of colours, regurarly collaborates with Greek Composers Union in many world Premieres of compositions by contemporary composers.

Musical consultant of the Athens festival for 2017, as well as for the Pireaus Municipal Theater.

As a conductor for the GNO Alternative stage, conducted the greek premieres of Zimmermann’s “weisse rose”, Xenakis “Bacchae” and Borbudakis “z”.

In 2018, he conducted the final of the Maria Callas grand prix competition in Athens

Current projects include a new opera commissioned by the GNO Alternative stage and co operation with the National Opera Ballet in Stravinsky’s “Les Noces”.

 

TERU YOSHIHARA

Teru Yoshihara studied music pedagogy and classical singing in State University of Music and Arts in Tokio, Japan. He did his postgraduate studies in Scuola Musicale in Milan where he worked intensively on Italian belcanto. He also studied in the State Academy of Music and Arts in Stuttgart, where he specialized in Lieder and Opera singing. In 1995 he made his very successful debut as baritone in the role of Sharpless in Madam Butterfly of Puccini. A year later he obtained the first prize in the Japanese singing competition for Lieder. Since then he has been singing all around Europe and Japan and he has been collaborating with famous conductors, such as Nello Santi and Helmut Rilling. Since 2002 he promotes in Europe the Japanese art music songs. In the frame of German-Japanese dialog he performs together with pianist Felix Romankiewicz a lot of concerts, in which he presents german and japanese songs. During the last years he works with performers of koto and taiko, traditional instruments of Japanese music.

He teaches regularly in workshops and he also teaches Japanology in the University of Tuebingen. He enjoys to work with children and young students and he is focusing in helping young boys during their voice change. He is passionate for promoting young talents, therefore he is member of the jury of Jugend Musiziert competition.

His students make an international career and many of them are successful soloists. Since 2007 he teaches in the State Academy of Stuttgart, where he is professor from 2014.

 

CHARIKLEIA GLAVOPOULOU

Soprano Charikleia Glavopoulou was born in Drama, Greece. She studied at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki under Varvara Tsampali and graduated with a First Class Solo Diploma. She has attended masterclasses and lessons with Costas Pashalis, Nikos Zahariou, Eleni Karouso, Gabriella Ravazzi, Gabriele Pisani, Sergio Magli, F.M. Carminatti, Czaba Vegvary, George Hadjinikos, Daphne Evaggelatou, Mirella Freni and Cheryl Studer.

She went on to study at postgraduate level in Genova, Italy, with Gabriella Ravazzi and later in Athens with Varvara Gavakou.

Her Italian debut was in the lead role of Silvia in Mascagni’s Zanetto at the Teatro Mancinelli in Orvieto. In Italy, she gave vocal recitals in many cities and also toured with Gruppo Caronte. She also performed themed recitals with works by Greek composers at Teatro Carlo Felice Auditorium in Genova and at the Fiera Internazionale Di Milano.

In Greece she has collaborated with the Thessaloniki Municipal and State Orchestras, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Thessaloniki Opera and other cultural institutions interpreting roles in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mozart’s Requiem, Menotti’s O Pulchritudo, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto. She has sung under the direction of distinguished maestros such as Loukas Karytinos, Nikos Athinaios, Dimitris Agrafiotis, Viron Fydetzis, Alkis Baltas and Luciano Di Martino.

Mrs Glavopoulou has performed in many music festivals around Greece as well as in solo and chamber music recitals. She performed Respighi’s Il Tramonto with the Aimilios Riadis Quartet at the Dimitria festival; she has also premiered works by Nicolaou with the Macedonian Saxophone Quartet at the Greek Composers Forum as part of the Dimitria festival. She interpreted the lead role of Margarita in the music-theatre show The story of Margarita…by Faust performing works by Schubert, Gounod, Verdi, Boito, Berlioz at the Centre for Drama Research. In 2013 she appeared at the Rhodes and Milos festivals and recently made a guest appearance at an Opera Gala homage to Verdi at the Tellogleio Cultural Centre.

She has been active as a singing teacher since 2000 and has worked at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Music College, National Conservatory and the Municipal Conservatories of Lamia, Drama and Kavala. Since 2012 she has been teaching at the Summer Academy organized by the Municipal Conservatories Network.

Her students have excelled in competitions and have participated by means of audition in masterclasses organized by the Thessaloniki and Athens Megaron as well as other institutions. They have collaborated as soloists with the Thessaloniki State and Municipal orchestras and have performed at the Thessaloniki Megaron amongst distinguished singers under conductors such as Nikos Athinaios, Carolos Trikolidis, Miltos Logiadis and Andreas Tselikas. They have performed at the Centre for Music, the Municipal Theatres of Mitilini, Corfou, Lefkada, the Vafopoulos Cultural Centre of Thessaloniki and the Veria Megaron. In December 2012 her students performed three lead roles at Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci at Aneton Municipal Theatre of Thessaloniki.

Mrs Glavopoulou is also a graduate of the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

 

PANAGIOTIS ADAM

He studied Drawing at Th. Papiotis School of Art, stage design at I.A.S., piano at National Conservatory of Greece and afterwards was apprenticed and worked next to the sculptor Tina Parali, specialized in Theatre Scultpure. At 1994 he started attending drama classes at “Karolos Koun Theatre of Art”, graduated at 1997.He studied the Alexander Technique with G. Matskaris (2009 -2014).

He has participated at productions such as : Euripides “Αlkistis” (Chorus),Ionesco “The killing Game” (Zil), director Lazanis , M. Gkatsos “A hat full of rain” (Johnny), M. Korre “Midas had the ears of a donkey” (Lakis), Aristophanes “Acharnes” (Euripides, Chorus) director A. Michopoulou, Αeschylus “ Prometheus Bound” (Kratos) director Kalavrouzos. He also participated in the short film “Let’s go again”(2005) and also created the sets and costumes, director D. Giamloglou.

Αs a sculptor he worked with the stage designers : G. Ziakas, G. Patsas, A. Dagklidis, E. Nathenas, L. Pezanou, A. Vettas and the painter A. Fasianos.

He directed the following performances:

Female Pact – L. Varaklioti |2016| Municipality Theatre of Roumeli

La Belle Helene – J.Offenbach | 2014-2015
Olvio Theatre / Piraeus Municipality Theatre / SAF / Aulaia Theatre

Dido and Aeneas – H.Purcell |2014-2015
15th International Music Seminar of Kozani / VAULT Theatre Plus / Victoria Theatre

After a Dream – stage composition based on folklore poetry |2013| Olvio Theatre

Glass Wells – performance installation |2010
A.Antoniou stage / Venizeleio Conservatory of Chania

The Trap – R. Tomas |2009 |Municipality Theatre of Roumeli

Fasoulides with the bat – F.G. Lorka |2008| Municipality Theatre of Roumeli

Myths and Tales – 2008 | Municipality Theatre of Roumeli

Madama Butterfly – G. Puccini |2006|in collaboration with P. Papageorgopoulos |Τroupe Kodikas

Frosty, The Snowman – W. A . Mozart |The Early Years, The strangest Tale I have ever heard, Christmas at our City, One Concert…One Fairytale, Christmas Night, Τribute to Odisseas Elytis. |2004 -1015|Municipality Theatre of Roumeli,

Eliza – Κ. Kalogeropoulou |1993| Municipality Theatre of Sikes

 

 DIMITRIS CHANDRAKIS

Born in Thessaloniki-Greece in 1965.

 Founder member of the New Hellenic Quartet, he studied the violin at the Thessaloniki State Conservatory under Kosmas Galileas and at the Vienna Music Academy under G. Pichler. He graduated in 1988.

He has appeared as a soloist with all major Greek orchestras.

From 1996 until 2003, he was konzertmeister of the Thessaloniki State Orchestra.

 His discography includes all string quartets by Nikos Skalkottas, Giorgos Sicilianos, Mikis Theodorakis, Filippos Tsalachouris as well as the early string quartets by Carl Nielsen and the main chamber music works for string quartet by O.Respighi .

 He has been teaching for 20 years at the Thessaloniki State Conservatory. In 2002 he was appointed as a full time professor for violin at the University “Makedonia” of Thessaloniki.

 

 APOLLON GRAMMATIKOPOULOS

Apollon Grammatikopoulos was born into a musical family in Athens in 1972.He began his violin studies at the Athens Conservatory with Pantelis Despotidis.During the course of his studies,he was honoured with awards and financial prizes for his achievements.He graduated from the Attikon Concervatory with distinction in 1991.A Greek state scholarship allowed him to continue his studies in Austria and Germany with Stelios Kafantaris,Christos Polyzoidis and Winfried Rademacher.He was awarded a postgraduate degree with distinction from the University of Music,Trossingen.He was appeared as a soloist alongside Greek and international ensembles and symphony orchestras and actively participates in a number of chamber music ensembles that cover a broad range of repertoires,from Baroque to contemporary music,and present first performances of new works.The renowned Austrian violinist Lukas David invited him to perform at the international chamber music festival held in his honour in Lima,Peru.He has also played at Greek and international festivals and concert series,and performed for radio and television.As a duo with his pianist sister,Mina Grammatikopoulos,he has appeared at numerous esteemed festivals and cultural bodies,including the Penteli Festival,the Hellenic French Union,the Filippos Nakas Conservatory,the Goulandris Museum,and ERT Educational Television thepair were also special guests at the 25th anniversary celebrations of the ERT Third Radio Programme.He teaches on a regular basis,particulary following his stint as violin tutor and string department supervisor of the Volos Municipal Concervatory.Currently he is a professor in Athens Concervatory.He has been honoured at the “Alpe Adria” international violin competition in Gorizia,Italy,and was warmly received by the press for the concerts that followed in towns around Italy,Austria,Slovenia and Croatia.2004 saw him perform as a soloist at the inaugural concert of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart,Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola).He has served as principle violinist of the Athens State Orchestra since 2003.

 

CHARA SIRA

Chara Sira, born in Athens-Greece, studied at the Hellenic Conservatory  under Sofia Pimenides and Stelios Kafandaris and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris under Jean Sulem and Bruno Pasquier. She was awarded a unanimous First Prize with a special distinction in viola in 1994, and went on to complete her training at the Bordeaux Conservatory under Tasso Adamopoulos.

 Member of the New Hellenic Quartet from 2001 to 2007, she has recorded works from Skalkotas, Respighi, Nielsen and Koshkin for BIS and has appeared in several chamber music festivals in Europe, the US and Asia.

 As a soloist she has appeared with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Athens Camerata, the National Radio Orchestra and the “Orchestra of Colours”.

 A former principal violist of the National Radio Orchestra and the ‘Orchestra of Colours’ in Athens, she now holds the same position in the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki.

 She has been teaching the viola for several years at the National Conservatory and the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki.

 She is a member of the “A. Riadis” quartet and the “DissonArt Ensemble”.

 

 

 

CHRISA GRENDA

Chrisa was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. At the age of 5, she took her first piano lessons. After obtaining her piano diploma (first prize for her diploma recital) she continued her studies at the Music Academy “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. She also studied music theory, harmony and composition. She has participated in several master classes of outstanding piano teachers. In 1996 she won the 2nd prize for her performance in contemporary music at the “Hanns Eisler” competition in Berlin.

As a composer she has participated with her own compositions in concerts at the Athens Concert Hall and the State Opera in Berlin. Having a special interest in chamber music she has collaborated with many well-known musicians and has performed in Greece and other European countries (Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Sweden) at very important venues as: Cite de la musique Paris, Barbican Center London, Sage Gateshead Newcastle, Town Hall Birmingham.

From 2007 to 2011 she teached the piano at the Music Department of the Macedonia University in Thessaloniki. She was also piano assistant at the Summer Music Academy in Corfu and at “Ticino Musica” festival in Switzerland. Since 2014 she has been working as correpetitor / vocal coach at the Lefkas Music Week.