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38th International Maria Callas Grand Prix - OPERA

38th International Maria Callas Grand Prix - OPERA

Jury Committee

Myron Michailidis

Myron Michailidis is regarded today as one of the most important Greek conductors of his generation. Since 2011 he has been serving as Artistic Director of The Greek National Opera (GNO), following his former position as General Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Thessaloniki National Orchestra (TSSO), a post held since 2004. Between 1999 and 2004, he was permanent conductor at the Opera of Eastern Saxony in Germany. 
Born in 1968 in Crete, Michailidis studied piano in Athens with Dimitris Toufexis and conducting at the Music Academy in Berlin with Hans-Martin Rabenstein, Miltiadis Karydis and Simon Rattle. He also holds a law degree from the Athens University. His diverse repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary, and his conducting credits span the symphonic and operatic and choral worlds. In addition to the core symphonic and operatic composers, he is a great proponent of the music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff with recordings of international acclaim, whereas in the operatic field, his interpretations of composers such as Verdi, Gounod, Puccini, are particularly noteworthy, resulting in collaborations with the world's finest stage directors and set designers.
While with the TSSO, Maestro Michailidis led concerts at various festivals in Greece and abroad. In December 2007, during the celebration events of the Cultural Year of Greece in China, he toured with the orchestra in Beijing, host of the 2008 Olympic Games. He has conducted important orchestras, including the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Roma Symphonic Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Μexico State Orchestra, Οdessa Philharmonic, and many others, as well as all major orchestras in Greece. He is also a prolific recording artist, recording for EMI Classics and repeatedly for Naxos, as well as for numerous Greek labels and the Greek Radio. His recent recording of Beethoven’s 3rd and 4th piano concertos with Aldo Ciccolini, brought him into the international spotlight, whereas his recordings of works by Ildebrando Pizzetti with Naxos received in 2009 a 'Five Diapasons' award. In addition, the 'Greek Classics' CD, featuring works by Greek composers for the same label, was given the 'Supersonic Award' by the Pizzicato Classics in Luxembourg and was nominated by Naxos for two Grammy awards.
Maestro Michailidis has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Salvatore Accardo, Aldo Ciccolini, Cyprien Katsaris, Ivo Pogorelich, Lars Vogt, Shlomo Mintz, Misha Maisky, Vadim Repin, Martino Tirimo, June Anderson, Cheryl Studer, Paata Burchuladze, Fazil Say, and several others.
In 2009 he received the prestigious Honorable Award from the Greek Critics Association for Music and Theatre.