Ph.D. in Musicology (Department of Music Studies at the National and
Kapodistrian University of Athens). He is an arranger / orchestrator
and Manager of the Historical
Archive and Music Library at the Greek National Opera. Since
2002, he has been the chief editor of the musicological journal
Polyphonia. He specializes in Greek music (particularly, in
composers of the Greek National School of Music).
He graduated from the Department of Music Studies at the National
and Kapodistrian University of Athens and he received a scholarship
from the National Scholarships Institution to pursue his Ph.D.
thesis titled The Chamber Music of Manolis Kalomiris. During
the period 2004-2013, he was a Research Associate in the Department
of Popular Music at the Technological University of Epirus (Arta).
In collaboration with Philippos Nakas publishing house, he worked as
an editor of the orchestral works of the composer Yannis A.
Papaioannou (2005-2011) and from 2008 to 2010 he worked as a music
critic in the newspaper Real News.
His book Chamber Music in Greece in the first half of the 20th
century. The case of Marios Varvoglis (1885-1967) was awarded by
the Union of Greek Critics for Drama and Music.
He has actively participated in
musicological conferences in Greece and Europe. His articles
and papers have been published in Greek and foreign scientific
journals, collected editions, newspapers and program notes.
He is a close collaborator of Mikis
Theodorakis for over a decade. Additionally, working together
with Mikis Theodorakis, he orchestrated a number of the composer’s
song cycles, theatrical performances and CDs for symphonic orchestra
and other music ensembles. As an orchestrator and pianist, he has
participated in various musical and theatrical performances in
Greece and abroad (New York, Chicago, Tampa, Tokyo, Johannesburg,
Cannes, Zurich, Brussels, Vienna, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Munich,
Moscow, Lausanne etc.), cooperating with numerous composers,
singers, symphonic orchestras, music ensembles and choirs.
Born in Athens, Katerina Maniou holds a PhD from
the Department of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens, where she successfully defended her
dissertation titled Aspects of Modernism and Postmodernism in
Alfred Schnittke’s work, funded by the State Scholarship
Foundation (IKY). She received her Diploma in lyric song with
“Grade Honours and First Prize” (under Jenny Drivala) and holds all
the degrees in Piano and Music Theory (Harmony, Counterpoint,
Fugue). She works as an opera singer / performer in Greece and
abroad. She has collaborated with “Medea Electronique” (Digital
Opera Echo and Narcissus / role: Echo), “Song of the Goat
Theatre Company” (Pieśń Kozła, Wrocław / Poland), Jenny Drivala
(soprano), Natasha Avra (choreographer) and Anna Tzakou (director).
She has performed works of contemporary Greek composers (New Chios
Contemporary Music Festival), she consistently co-operates with
musicians and performers from Greece and abroad in the fields of
contemporary music, free improvisation, etc. She is collaborating
with the Greek National Opera since 2018. She has published articles
in the Polyphonia and Polytonon journals. She has
given a number of lectures in the Department of Music Studies
at the National and Kapodistrian University of
Athens, the Music Library of Greece “Lilian Voudouri” and the
Third Programme of Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT).
Marianna Sideri holds a PhD in Historical Musicology from the
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She graduated from
the Department of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens in 2000 and completed a postgraduate course at
the University of Leeds in England in 2001 receiving the title of
M.Mus in Historical Musicology. Her doctoral dissertation is
entitled The artist as theatrical character in the Italian comic
opera of the 18th and 19th century (2008). As an academic
she has taught courses of musical theatre and music
history in the Department of Music Studies at the National and
Kapodistrian University of Athens (2008-2009,
in the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Patras (2011-2012)
and in the Department of Music Science and Art
at the University of Macedonia (2017-2018).
She has also collaborated with the University of the Aegean
as a lecturer in distance learning programs (2019-2020).
She was contributing author with original scientific
articles to the program notes for the Greek National Opera
performances and has collaborated with the Music Library of Greece
“Lilian Voudouri” within the framework of its educational programs.
She works in Music Schools where she teaches European Music Theory.
She is a regular member of the Hellenic Musicological Society.
Descended from Crete, Angeliki Skandali was born in Athens. She
studied the piano, lyric song, vocals, harmony and band
orchestration at the Hellenic Conservatory of Athens, counterpoint
and fugue at the Music College of Thessaloniki, and composition at
the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has attended orchestra
conducting classes at the Hellenic Conservatory of Athens and the
She graduated with first-class honours from the Department of Music
Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She continued
with postgraduate studies in Musicology – Opera Analysis at the
University of Leeds in United Kingdom with Emeritus Professor Julian
G. Rushton. She authors books on opera history and articles on opera
cultivation. She was a Research Fellow in the Department of Music
Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2008-2017). She
is a PhD candidate in the Department of Music Studies at the
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
She is a member of the Royal Musical Association and the Hellenic
Historic Society. Since 2015 she is a member of the Hellenic
Nestor Taylor (b. 1963) was born to a Greek family, in Melbourne,
Australia. He studied piano, harmony and counterpoint at the Athens
Conservatoire with George Diamantis and
distinguished composer Menelaos Pallantios. He continued his studies
at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Francis Shaw and
Robert Saxton, where he was awarded the following diplomas: ALCM in
Conducting, LGSM in Composition, LGSM and GSMD in Choral Composition
and Orchestration. He completed his M.Mus and M.Phil degrees in
Composition at Royal Holloway under the supervision of John
Woolridge and Peter Wiegold. In 2005, Taylor was awarded a Fulbright
Scholarship, which enabled him to carry out research as a composer
at Yale University.
Taylor’s music has been extensively performed throughout Greece
(Megaron Concert Halls in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greek National
Opera, etc.), and abroad (Purcell Room, Conway Hall in London as
part of the Composers’ Ensemble, Kioi Hall in Tokyo with the NHKSO,
the Great Philharmonic Hall in Odessa with the National
He has held the posts of lecturer in Harmony and Composition in the
Department of Music Studies at the Aristotle University of
Thessaloniki, lecturer in Music History at the State School of Dance
and the Greek National Opera Ballet School and Artistic Director at
the Central Conservatory of Music in Athens and the Municipal
Conservatory of Filothei-Psychiko. He also served as Head of
International Relations, Casting Director and Artistic Advisor to
the Director at the Greek National Opera between 2009 and 2016,
whereas nowadays he pursues a professional career as a freelance
Maria Theofili was born in Athens in 1983. She is currently a PhD
candidate under the supervision of Professor Markos Tsetsos in the
Department of Music Studies at the National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens, working on music modernism in Greek society.
She holds a Master’s Degree from the Department of Music at Royal
Holloway, University of London (2014), and a first-class honours
Integrated Master’s Degree from the Department of Music Studies at
the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2013). She also
graduated from the English Department at the National and
Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Musical Horizons
Conservatory with a diploma in flute (2009). From 2016 to 2017 she
worked as a musicologist at the Music Library of Greece “Lilian
Voudouri” and from 2014 to 2018 she was a permanent collaborator of
Polytonon, the Greek Composers’ Union journal. She currently
works as a music teacher at the Musical Horizons Conservatory.