THESSALONIKI STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading symphonic ensembles in Greece. The orchestra’s extensive repertoire includes works from the baroque to the avant-garde. Apart from the weekly concert performances of symphonic music, the T.S.S.O. covers a wide range of artistic activities performing opera, ballet, music for silent films etc. and is involved in a number of educational programmes promoting its goal of moulding the future audience of music-lovers. One of the T.S.S.O.’s basic aims is to promote the Greek musical heritage, giving many Greek and world premières. The T.S.S.O. has also performed abroad in Valencia, Beijing, Prague, Florence, Pistoia, Berlin, Strasbourg and elsewhere. The orchestra was founded in 1959 by the Greek composer Solon Michaelides. Many important Greek musicians became directors of the T.S.S.O. such as Solon Michaelides, Georgios Thymis, Alkis Baltas, Karolos Trikolidis, Leonidas Kavakos, Myron Michailides, Alexandre Myrat. Today the orchestra numbers approximately 110 musicians and its current artistic director is Georgios Vranos.
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