Review of Theory and Praxis of Music

Sofia Kontossi

Pianist and musicologist, born in Athens in 1973, graduated in piano at the Academia de Arte George Enescu in Jasium, Romania, in 1996. She received her Ph.D. in musicology from the Department of Music Studies at the University of Athens (Leonidas Zoras: A Thematic Catalogue of Works, 2010) and a D.M.A. in piano performance (Song for voice and piano in Greek musical creation of the first half of the 20th century, 2010 / published in 2011 by ARTES) at the Universitate de Arte George Enescu of Jasium, for which she was granted a scholarship by the Romanian Ministry of Education. As a pianist, she has taken part in many master classes (with Hans Leygraf, Paola Volpe, Frank Wibaut), and has received regular courses in Paris by Monique Deschaussées, an Alfred Cortot and Edwin Fischer’s student. She has won prizes in international piano competitions and she has given concerts in Greece (Athens Concert Hall), Romania, Italy, Spain, Germany and Austria. She made recordings for the radio and television in Greece and Romania, and she had the artistic and scientific supervision of an exhibition and concerts dedicated to L. Zoras (2005, 2007). Her musicological studies are mostly dedicated to Greek composers’ Lieder and piano music, and tο Greek music historiography as well. She has participated in many conferences (including IMS – 2007, 2011, and D. Mitropoulos – 2010), and her articles have been published in Greek, French and Serbian scientific journals as well as in program notes of the Athens Concert Hall and the Greek Composers’ Union. She has been a piano and music theory teacher since 1996. She is a member of RIPM’s Greek Committee and a member of the board of the “Leonidas Zoras Archive” Directory Committee.

In 2012 she was invited to give masterclasses on Greek Art Song performance and to lecture on Greek Music History at the Universitate de Arte George Enescu. Also, in June 2012 she was awarded a scholarship from the Vancouver International Song Institute for the Scholarship and Performance program, British Columbia University, Canada.