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GEORGE KONTOGIORGOS  



Born in Lamia, Greece, George Kontogiorgos studied music theory with Alexander Aenian, at the Municipality Conservatory of Lamia. He continued and completed his studies with the same teacher in Athens, with a particular interest in composition and orchestration. During the 1960s and 1970s, he wrote and recorded more than seventy ballads and popular songs for well-known popular singers. Some of these proved very successful and were given awards as golden records. In addition, he worked as music arranger and orchestral conductor in the studios of major Greek record companies and arranged more than 250 songs by many other composers. He wrote music for the theatre and the 3rd National radio channel, in addition to soundtracks for the cinema and for television series. From 1980 onwards he devoted himself systematically to the composition of classical music. He has written works for solo instruments and vocal works, string quartet, orchestral ensembles, chamber orchestra, symphony orchestra, and concertos for piano and for guitar and orchestra. He is a winner of several prizes and awards, including the first prize of the Classical Marimba League International Composition Competition, USA 2007, the Gardens Music 3rd International Composer’s Competition, Krakow, Poland 2006 and the In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores contest, USA 2012. His compositions have been performed in concert halls of Greece, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States by ensembles and orchestras, including the New Hellenic Quartet and the Bridge String Quartet, the Camerata Orchestra of Friends of Music, conducted by Alexander Myrat (Greece), the Colour’s Orchestra, conducted by Miltos Logiadis (Greece), the Patras’ Orchestra conducted by the composer himself (Greece), the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Poland) conducted by Jan Baryla and the International Doctors’ Philarmonia Giuseppe Sinopoli, conducted by Silvio Bruni (Italy), the Tapiola Sinfonietta conducted by David Caludio (Finland) and soloists such as the baritone Spyros Sakkas (Greece), the percussionists Beverley Johnston (Canada) and Demetris Desyllas (Greece), the violinists George Demertzis and Sergiu Nastasa (Greece), the pianist Maria Asteriadou (USA), the guitarists Pavlos Kanellakis (Ireland) and Janne Malinen (Finland), and the organist Paul Ayres (UK). Premières of his music from 2006 to 2012 include venues such as St George’s Cathedral (London, UK), the Megaron Athens Concert Hall (Athens, Greece), Jagiellonian University Botanic Garden, Gallicia Museum and St Peter’s and Paul’s Basilica (Krakow, Poland), Basilica di San Lorenzo (Florence, Italy), Uxbridge Music Hall (Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada), Crawford Municipality Art Gallery (Cork, Ireland), Sandy Ford Church and Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane (Dublin, Ireland), Tapiola Concert Hall (Espoo-Helsinki, Finland), Morphy Hall (Madison, Wisconsin, USA) and Jan Hus Presbyterian Church (New York City, NY, USA).

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
KONTOGIORGOS, G.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (New Hellenic Quartet) Naxos
9.70198
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music




 
 
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