BYRON FIDETZIS (b 1945 )
Byron Fidetzis was born in Thessaloniki. He completed his cello and orchestra conducting studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. He has been artistic director of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra and the Thessaloniki City Symphony Orchestra, as well as a permanent conductor of the Greek National Opera. He led the Athens State Orchestra from 1987 to 2004 and served as its artistic director from 2004 to 2011.
He has conducted over 80 orchestras worldwide, and has recorded in excess of 40 albums featuring music by Greek composers, including the complete cycle of the 36 Greek Dances by Nikos Skalkottas in their first international recording, as well as the three symphonies by Manolis Kalomiris.
Fidetzis has lectured on modern Greek art music at both the University of Athens and the Ionian University. He has been honoured by the Academy of Athens, and received numerous distinctions from the Union of Hellenic Theatre and Music Critics, among many others. He has been declared an honorary member of the Greek Composers’ Union and a Doctor H.C. of the University of Athens University. In November 2016 he became artistic director of the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra.