Lefteris Halkiadakis

He was born in Tanta, Egypt on 10/03/1927 and died in Athens on 11/01/2008. He studied music at the Greek National Conservatoire, Athens. In 1951 he went to Paris, where he studied conducting at Ecole Normale de Musique with Jean Fournet and Scola Cantorum with Pierre Derveaux. From 1951 and for four years he was assistant conductor to Leon Barzin at the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra. Barzin introduced him to a specialized baguette technique that bears his name. He conducted orchestras in Western Europe and Israel. He settled in Greece in 1964. He was one of the founders and resident conductor with the Athens Municipal Symphony Orchestra (1965-67), as well the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT, 1975-90). He was also conductor of the Southeastern College Orchestra (Athens). He occasionally cooperated with the State Orghestra of Athens and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orhestra. He taught in many masterclasses and served as artistic director of the Linda Leoussi Conservatory. He is one of the founders of the Athens Chamber Opera (1988), where he served as president and conductor (1988-92) and honorary president (1994-2008). He taught conducting at the Greek National Conservatoire and the Model Conservatoire of Eastern Attica. He cooperated with GNO occasionally, in the period 1974-96, conducting the productions of the works: The pearl fishers [Les pêcheurs de perles] (1974-75), Orpheus and Euridice [Orfeo ed Euridice] (1976-77), The elixir of love [L' elisir d'amore] (1995-96), The barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia] (1980-81), The bat [Die Fledermaus], The Godson [O vaftistikos], The magic Flute [Die Zauberflöte], Rigoletto. He also conducted the ballets The bewitched love [El amor brujo], Coppélia (1989-90),