Michalis Adamis

He was born in Piraeus on 19/05/1929. He began lessons at the Conservatory of Athens (1940) and he participated in children’s Byzantine choirs. Between 1955 and 1959, he studied at the Conservatory of Piraeus, taking a diploma in Byzantine music and harmony, and at the National Conservatory, where he obtained diplomas in counterpoint, fugue and composition. At the same time, he was studying Theology at the University of Athens. Thereafter he won a scholarship at the Brandeis University in Boston, where he studied electronic music composition and Byzantine paleography (1962-1965). There he taught music and directed the Choir of the Holy Cross School of Theology. When he returned to Greece, he created the first electronic musical workshop (1965). He composed numerous works of chamber music, electroacoustic music, church music, choral/vocal works, orchestral music, electronic music, theater music and music for ancient drama performances. He made a very significant research and studies on Byzantine music. He founded and directed the Children’s Choir of the Chapel of the Royal Palace and the Athens Chamber Choir (1965-1967). He has been head of the Music Department and Director of the Pierce College Choir (1968-1999). In 1991, he helped found the Department of Music Studies of the Ionian University where he was proclaimed a Doctor (1991). He participated with his works at international festivals. He was awarded the Gold Cross of the Order of the Phoenix (1962) and the Samuel Wechsler Music Award by the Brandeis University (1964, 1965). He died on 21/01/2013. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Composers Union (1971-1977), Vice President (1973-1975) and after 1976 President of the Greek Association for Contemporary Music (ESSM) and the Greek Department of the International Society for Contemporary Music, a member of the artistic committee of the State Orchestra of Athens and of the GNO Board of Directors. The GNO presented his ballet Genesis, choreographed by Zouzou Nikoloudi (Herodeon, 1977-1978).