Date of birth: 19/8/1967

Citizenship: Greek

Studies

London University
Master in Music and Related Studies (1994)

Royal Academy of Music London
•  Diploma of Advanced Studies in Piano Duo, prof. Aaron Shorr, Frank Whibaut, 1993
•  Teaching Diploma L.R.A.M., prof. Vanessa Latache, 1995

Athens State Conservatory “Odeion Athinon”, 1982-1992
Diploma in Piano Performance, 1st Price with distinction and special award “Tazartes”
Diploma in Composition, prof. Pericles Koukos, 1st Price with distinction
Diploma in Harmony, Excellent with distinction
Diploma in Counterpoin, Excellent with distinction
Diploma in Fuge, Excellent with distinction

Thames Valley University
LLCM Conducting (2006)

Additional Studies

PANTEION UNIVERSITY of Political Sciences and Mass Media, Athens
Communication and Mass Media Department
Since 2013 Currently Doctorate Student on the topic “Film Music Rhetorics in American Cinema between 1990 and 2015”

(1985-89) National Polytechnic School of Athens, Ethniko Metsovio Polytechnio
Civil Engineering Department: 3 years of studies - no diploma

3 years private lessons with distinguished composer Y.A. Papaioannou (1987-89)

R.A.M. Seminars (1992-95)

Piano
Tamas Vasary, Andras Shiff, Fou Ts’ong, Menahem Pressler

Composition
Claus Huber

Conducting
One semester Lessons with Denise Ham

AWARDS (Distinctions-Prizes-Scholarships)

Composition

    • Hellenic Academy of Letters and Sciences: ”Michael Svoronos” Composition Competition (1988) for piano solo. Distinction for “Toccata in C”. Published by Filippos Nakas publishing house.
    • “2 Agosto” 1999 (5th Edition) Bolognia International Composition Competition 1st Prize for “Concerto for Electric Guitar and Symphony Orchestra”. Televised by RAI
    • A.S.C.A.P. 2013 - Buffalo Philharmonic The BPO was selected for the “AdventurousProgramming of Contemporary Music” Award featuring works by Michael Daugherty, Christos Papageorgiou, and Giya Kancheli in its 2012-2013 season

Piano/Piano Duo

    • Tokyo 2nd International Piano Duo Competition, Distinction (1994)
    • New York “Pro-Piano Competition”, 1st Prize (1999)
    • Swiss-Czech Republic: Reding Piette 2nd Piano Duo Competition, (sole winners) (1995)
    • Czech Republic “Franz Schubert International Competition, 1st Prize (1995)
    • Italy Palma d'oro Piano Duo International Competition (1994), 2nd Prize
    • National Union of Music and Theatre Critics: “Young Artists of the Year” Award 1998

Additional distinctions

R.A.M
Full scholarship 1991-2, 1993-4
"Winniefred Christie Award" 1992
“Leverhume Trust Fellowship” 1994

Onassis Foundation
Annual Scholarship for Studies Abroad 1992-94

National Classical Radio 3
(Director)
Honoray Award for Cultural Achievement 2015 from the “Maria Callas Lyric Academy’s Building Committee”. (2015)
(Producer)
Honorary Award from the “Friends of Opera and Classical Music” Society, Athens (2018)

Teaching Experience

Ionian University Corfu, Lecturer and Teacher (2002-2011)
Topics: Piano (all levels), Chamber Music, Sight Reading, Theory - Introduction on 20th 21st piano music repertoire

K.S.O.T - National School of Dance Graduate Student (Professional) Department (3-year course)
Professor of Music History, Musical Form, and Music Appreciation (2002-2015)

Private Lessons (Piano, Theory, History of Music) (1987-2016)
Kentriko Conservatory Athens, Artistic Director and Piano Professor (2007-2010)
Ethniko Odeio Kifissia, Artistic Director and General Music Supervisor (2015-16)

Open Seminars - Lectures - Academic Research

Vienna
Wiener Gesselschaft fuer Musik - Lecture on “Mahler’s 1st symphony according to conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos’ analysis” (22-10-2011)

Switzerland
Conservatory of Lucern
Piano Seminar (January,1996)

Greece

PANTEION STATE UNIVERSITY FOR POLITICAL SCIENCES AND MASS MEDIA
Mass Media Department

Free Lectures on
   •
  “Music and Positive Sciences - Music’s secret face” (3-3-2000)
   •  “250 years with Mozart” (5-4-2006)
Lectures on Doctorate Research
   •  “Music, Text and Speech” (12-11-2013)
   •  “Rhetorics on Music and Cinema : An introduction” (12-12-2013)
   •  Presentation and analysis of the book by Greek- German Prof. Thrasyvoulos Georgiadis
   •  “Music and Speech (Edition1950)” (10-1-2016)
   •  Classical Music in the movies (29-9-18)

Athens State Orchestra, Pre-concert Lectures (2011-14) Lecturer

Onassis Foundation Cultural Center "Stegi"
  Greek Film Corporation 3 day Symposium
   Lecture on "Theft and Copying in film music" (2012)
  Recital and Lecture on "Stylistic Variations on a song by Mikis Theodorakis" (27-1-2016)

"Parnassus" Athens Recital Hall and Gallerie
Lecturer and coordinator on anniversary events: "150 years Parnassus 1865-2015"
Topics:
1. "Music: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - a Retrospective"
2. "Gina Bachauer" a memorial recital by Martino Tirimo - Introductive Lecture (December 2015)

Agios Stefanos Municipal Conservatory, Piano Masterclass (February 2005)
Attikon Odeion Athens Greece, Piano Masterclass (November 2005)
Crete Venizeleion Odeion, Piano Masterclass (29-9-2018)

Athens "Megaron" Concert Hall

    • “In Memoriam - 50 Years from the death of Dimitris Mitropoulos (1894-1960)”. “A Megaron Tribute” Lecture on “Mitropoulos as a composer: “Concerto Grosso” (10/3/2010)
    • Sunday Morning Concert Lecture and 3 TV music episodes (Soloist and Narrator) with the National Radio Symphony (22-2-2009) works by Shostakovich Piano Concerto Nr.2(soloist), Dukas “Apprentice” Britten “Young person’s guide”
    • Tribute to Kiki Dimoula (celebrated Greek female Poet): Short Video Production on “Poetry and Music: In search of Mrs Dimoula” (2013).
    • “Listen to the keys” A Sunday Morning two-hour music retrospective for the keyboard instruments for children. (2013)
    • “Modern Music out of Boundaries” a whole day retrospective of modernism in Music Arts and Dance (Organizer, Presenter, Lecturer, Performer) : Concerts, Lectures, Music and Painting -Combined activities, Live film music improvisation competition, free dance demonstrations. (21-2-2016)

Volos Univesity / Architecture Department
“Music and Architecture” Lecture (12-4-2014)

Thessaloniki State Orchestra’s Students Concert Lectures (Speaker and Pianist)
• Thessaloniki Megaron Concert Hall and (2007)
• Kozani Cultural Center - Concert Lectures for students (2008)

ERT National Pops Orchestra.(Conductor and Speaker)
Concerts in State Special Music Schools of Athens
• Ilion M.S.
• Pallini M.S. (2013)

Children State Hospital “Agia Sofia”
Concert-Lecture with “Camerata Orchestra” (2009)

Theocharakis Foundation for Music and Arts
Six lectures between 12 January and 30March 2009 on
• Music and …Baseball!
• Music and Form
• Music and Painting
• Music and Film
• Music and Dance
• Music and …

Lecture Recital on C.Papageorgiou’s work:
“Stylistic Variations on a song by Mikis Theodorakis” (13-10-2013)

“New Horizons” Athens Conservatory, Piano Seminar (2009)
State Conservatory of the Municipality of Agios Stefanos Attika, Piano Seminar (2009)
State Conservatory of the Municipality of Kalamata Pelloponese, Lecture Recital (2009)

Sparta Cultural Center
• Lecture Recital (2010)
• Lecture “Music and Sciences” (2011)

Musicipality of Dionysos Cultural Center Thespis”, Lecture Recital (2012)

Andros Island Cultural Center, 3 Lectures for State Schools Graduates

Tinos Cultural Center, 2 Lectures for State Elementary Schools Graduates

Women Scientist Society of Kavala, Lectures (2011 & 2014)

Municipality of Trikala Cultural Center, 2 Lectures on “Music and Painting” (2012)

Limnos Island “Society of the friends of the Sea”, 2 Lectures (2013)

Chania Crete Isl. Venizeleion Odeion, “Classical Music in the movies”, Lecture (29-7-2018)

 

TV Programs

• OMMA at the Arts 2017-18 weekly, Sundays
• “Music Geography” 2014-15: 4 episodes (Soloist, Conductor, Speaker)

April 5, 2015: Televised Tribute to Dimitri Mitropoulos
Pianist and Conductor Mitropoulos
“Burial” Poem for Symphony Orchestra
Prokofieff 3rd Piano Concerto Soloist and Conductor
ΝΕΡΙΤplus

• “Hotel Triton” 2005-2009, 43 episodes on classical, traditional, film and pop music
Found on Youtube/christospapageorgiou (no subtitles)

Radio 3

Weekly (1 to 3 programs / 2hs) 2002-2012, 2016, 2017-2018
Daily Monday to Friday / 2hs 2012-2015 “Searching for the Lady with the Strichnine” (News, Interviews, Music Analysis, Film Music)
over 500 radio programs (200 archive)

Studio RADIO Recordings (pianist and composer)

BBC Radio, Berlin Radio 3, Swiss Radio, RAITV, ARDTV, National Hellenic Radio3, ERTTV1, Ε.Ρ.Α., Czech Radio, Czech TV

Administrative posts

•  Hellenic National Broadcasting Corporation “Special Advisor to the President and Managing Director on Musical issues for TV and Radio” 2016-2018
  Hellenic Classical Radio3 / Director 2014-2015
•  National Conservatory “Ethikon Odeion” Kifissia, Artistic Director (2015-19)
  “Kentrikon” Conservatory Athens, Artistic Director (2007-2010)
  International Music “Festival of the Aegean” Syros Isl. / «Artist in Residence» 2013-14


Competitions Board Member/ Memberships

  Franz Schubert International Piano Duo Competition Czech Republic 1995
•  "Maria Chairogiorgou Sigara" International Piano Competition Athens 2009
•  "Young Soloists” International Competition Volos 2004
•  Greek Composers Association Member since 1996
  International Piano Duo Association, Member since 1998
  E.P.T.A.(European Piano Teachers Association) Member since 2000

Collaborations (selection)

Conductors
Michel Plasson, Phillipe Entremont, Pedro Calderon, Hobart Earle, Danielle Callegari, Matthew Kramer, Miltos Logiathis, Myron Michailidis, Byron Fithetzis

Orchestras
Philharmonia, Οxford Philomusica, Orchestre Symphonique du Capitοle de Toulouse, Buffalo Philharmonic, Malaga Symphony Orchestra, Muenchen Sinfoniker, Odessa Philharmonic, N.H.K. Danyu Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica del Emiglia Romagna “Arturo Toscanini”, Orchestre Symphonique de Neuchatel, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Czech Radio Symphony, Odessa Chamber Orchestra, Opawa Chamber Orchestra, Camerata of the Friends of Music in Megaron, Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, National Radio Symphony, National Radio Pops Orchestra, Patras Chamber Orchestra Volos Sympony Orchestra, “Orchestra of the Colors” of Manos Hatzidakis, Athens Academica

Venues
Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Symphony Space Auditorium NY, Berlin Philharmonie, Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kensington Palace, St. James Palace, Codaira Hall, Casals Hall Κioi Hall Tokyo, Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall, Bern Kulturkazino, Hans Huber Saal Basel, Arnold Schoenberg Center, Megaron Concert Hall Athens Megaron Concert Hall Thessaloniki
1996 Special Guest 50th Unicef Anniversary Concert, Bretagne 7 Chappeles Festival etc

Greek Cities Concert Recital Halls
Patra, Volos, Edessa, Kozani, Dodecanese Limnos Isl., Crete Isl., Kavala, Andros Isl., Tinos Isl., Mani, Syros Isl., Dionysos, Chalandri

Selected Collaborations
Guitarist Oscar Gighlia, New York Philharmonic Chamber Soloists, Stanley Drucker - 1st Clarinet NYPO, Elmira Darvarova Met.O.N.Y., Saxophonis Theodore Kerkezos, Singer Maria Farantouri

Compositions (selection)

3 Piano Concertos 1988, 2003, 2009
3 Concertinos for Piano and Strings 1996, 2010
Electric Guitar Concerto 1999
Guitar Concerto 2000
“Pyrrichios” for large Orchestra 2010 Performed by Odessa Phil. Buffallo Phil. (winner ASCAP Award 2012-13) Athens S.O. and Thessaloniki S.O. State Orchestras
Musical Theatre “Onassis Callas The Myth” (Greek National Opera)
Chamber Music, Song Cycles
Film Music “Pandora 2007 (2 National Film Awards), “Wild Duck” 2013 Toronto Festival

Publishing House
Philippos Nakas
“Toccatta in C” (1988)
EDITIONS MUSICA FERRUM LTD LONDON
“9-11 After” Piano Solo
“Triptychon” Concertino for two pianos and String Orchestra.

Languages

English fluent
French fluent
German basic

 

Reviews

"…Of the 36 Dances by Skalkottas Papageorgiou’s “Pyrrichios” could have been the 37th"
George Monemvasitis
"Eleftherotypia" Newspaper, March 2013

"…a unified expression of tautly focused energy. It was a great concert opener and marked the work of someone whose career would be interesting to follow"
Garaud MacTaggart
"CITY & REGION", Wednesday March 20, 2013

On "Stylistic Variations" for piano:

"...Stravinsky and Bartok are smiling in their graves. Debussy is nodding his head in silent approval. Mozart and Papa Bach are wondrously amazed at all the sounds and colors, …Everything is there to be heard -- there is even a sense of astrology conveyed in the electronic music fragments that open and close the piece… a masterpiece not only for the concert hall, but also for the classroom. Music educators the world over are given a priceless tool for opening young peoples’ hearts and minds to the music of different ages…this work will stand the test of time."
Hobart Earle
Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra

"Α Masterpiece, …this will stay in history. A great musical work. An achievement of the highest level for any composer or performer. An ambassador of modern music for Greece which should be presented all over the world."
Mikis Theodorakis

"…Papageorgiou the composer and Papageorgiou the performer present a unique “one-man-show”…
…we were pinned down by only one work… wandering into a masterfully designed magical music park where infinite musical crafts flourished and co-existed without “mixing” with each other …a simple famous motive had suddenly released fountains of music ever transfigured quickly as lightning …an irreplaceable evening…"
George Leotsakos
(Musicologist. Composer, Groves Dictionary of Music, Secretary of the National Critics Association), EXPRESS - Financial Newspaper, March 13, 2010

"…one of the most remarkable events at the 2011 New York Chamber Music Festival. …innovative, spellbinding composition …The audience was absolutely transfixed from beginning to end, following vividly and avidly the music journey …with seamless transitions and magical energy propelling it beyond the limits of imagination. What a great composition, unique in its concept …Mr. Papageorgiou's performance and interpretation of his own work, were at the highest level and a great event in itself."
Elmira Darvarova
Concert Violinist, Former Concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera Leader, New York Piano Quartet, President and Artistic Director, New York Chamber Music Festival

"...astonishing and brilliant; beautifully played and delivered and very entertaining."
Peter Tiboris
Conductor, General Director and Artistic Director, MidAmerica Productions, Inc.

"A standard of how music should be presented in the future"
George Koumentakis
Composer of the 2004 Olympic Games-Grand Prix de Rome, Music Advisor at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture