Byron Fidetzis

He was born in Thessaloniki in 1945. He studied the cello under Manolis Kazampakas and advanced music theory under Solon Michaelides at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. He was a member of the Aristotle University Orchestra and the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Greece (1968-1973). He studied cello on a scholarship by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna [Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst] under Vladimir Orloff, André Navarra and Senta Benesch, orchestral conducting under Hans Swarowsky (1973-1977) and music theory under Friedrich Neumann, Friedrich Cerha, et al. He attended orchestral conducting seminars with Miltiadis Karydis (Vienna) and Otmar Suitner (Weimar). He performed as a soloist and conductor with Greek and foreign ensembles in Greece, Europe, the former USSR, Asia, Latin America, S. Korea, Turkey, and Egypt. He was conductor of the Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Orchestra (1990-1992), guest conductor of the Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Symphony Orchestra of the Municipality of Thessaloniki (2000-2005), permanent conductor (1987-2003) and artistic director of the Athens State Orchestra (2004-2011). He particularly promoted the Greek National School repertory. He edited, restored, interpreted and recorded several major symphonic works and operas by Kalomiris, Karrer, Samaras, Konstantinidis, Petridis, et al. He organizes the Greek Music Festivals (2005-2014). He taught at the Departments of Music Studies of the University of Athens and the Ionian University, as well as at the Athens Conservatory. He was permanent conductor of the GNO (1985-1992). He also collaborated with the GNO during the period 1978-2011, during which he conducted 21 operas: The Magic Flute [Die Zauberflöte], Macbeth, Don Giovanni, Don Carlo, Marathon-Salamis, The Shadowy Waters [Ta xotika nera], Pagliacci, Rigoletto, The troubadour [Il trovatore], etc. He has been honored by the Bank of Greece and the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair. He has been awarded by the Association of Greek Theatre and Music Critics for his significant contribution to the recording of works of the Greek National School.