Kostis Gaitanos

Pianist, Musicologist
He was born in 1934 in Athens. He studied at the Greek National Conservatory with Alex Tournaissen and continued his studies in Germany, Austria and Portugal on a scholarship by the Gulbekian Foundation. He studied with prominent teachers such as Εrik von Tenberg, Karl Engel, Maurice Eisenberg and Sandor Wegh. In 1963 he won first prize at the International Piano Competition in Salzburg. He gave recitals in many places around the world and played as a soloist in symphony orchestras in Europe, Africa and Asia. In his appearances, he gave first performances of many works by Greek composers; particularly notable were his performances in Shostakovich’s 2nd piano concerto and Sergei Prokoviev’s 1st piano concerto. In a lecture series he also presented a research on Greek music from antiquity to modern day. He is a member of committees and international piano competitions. He has received awards and prizes in Greece and internationally. In the period 1968-1998, he taught at the Greek National Conservatory and in the period 1980-1998 he served as its Director of Studies. In 1999, together with pianist and music professor Betty Barzouka, he founded the Cultural and Artistic Center and Conservatory “Musical Horizons”. He co-wrote and published a series of books on music. In December 2007 the Athens Academy honored him with the Music Award for his long and fruitful contribution to the Greek music scene. In the period 1987-1990 he served as vice president of the GNO Board and at the same time, as CEO for two years.