1st International Congress of Musicology

Athens Goethe Institute, 25-27 February 2002


Nikos Christodoulou

He was born in Volos in 1959. He studied composition with J. A. Papaioannou and he graduated from the piano class of G. Platon. His postgraduate studies were in composition (Higher Music School of Munich) and in music direction (London Royal College). He studied Greek literature in the University of Athens. He has composed for orchestra and chorus. He has also composed chamber and stage music and songs. Since 1977 he worked as a composer with the 3rd Program of the Greek Radio Broadcasting. The Ministry of Culture has published choral works of his. Several institutions and festivals commissioned his compositions.
He works with Greek symphony orchestras and with the Greek National Opera. In 1996 he founded the New Symphony Orchestra of Athens, while in 1991 he founded the Euro Youth Philharmonic. He works with many orchestras, among which are the Symphony Orchestras of Iceland, Armenia, the Serenade Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia, the Orchestra and the Chorus of the Moscow Bach Centre, the Bolshoi Opera and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
In December 2000 he was art director of the festival Nikos Skalkottas’ Tage at the Berlin Concert Hall. In 2001 and 2002 he worked with the Orchestra Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded Nikos Skalkottas’ symphonic works (for the BIS company). For these recordings, the BBC Music Magazine, the Gramophone, the Klassik heute, and the Hellenic Theatre and Music Reviewers Association have honored him. The National Bank Cultural Institute has published his study Musical Seferis concerning the occurrence of music in Seferis’ work.