RETURNVassilis Christopoulos

Vassilis Christopoulos

Conductor
He was born in Munich in 1975. He grew up in Athens and studied oboe and advanced music theory at the Athens Conservatory as well as conducting under Hermann Michael at the Munich Academy of Music (1995/2000) obtaining a master class diploma (Meisterklassendiplom). As an oboist he was part of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) Symphony Orchestra (1993/1995). In 1999 he was awarded by the Association of Greek Theater and Music Critics with its annual honorary distinction to young musicians. In 2000 he won the Bad Homburg Conducting Competition (Germany) and the second prize in the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition (Athens). He has conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra London, Radio Philharmonic Hanover, New Philharmonic of Japan, Symphonic Orchestra of Queensland (Australia), Qatar Philharmonic, Czech Radio Symphonic orchestra, the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (France), and the Philharmonics of Bremen and Duisburg. In Greece, he has conducted the Camerata Orchestra, the State Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki, the Orchestra of Colors and the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) National Symphony Orchestra. During the years 2011/14 he served as Director of the Athens State Orchestra. During the years 2005-2015, he also served as Principal Conductor of the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra of Constance, with which he toured to Switzerland, Austria, Greece, France, Spain, China, Japan and Germany. The French Republic honored him with the Medal of the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (2013). Since 1999 he has conducted at the Greek National Opera such operas as: Tosca, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, The Mother’s Ring [Το dakhtylidi tis manas], the Greek premiere productions of the operas Serse by Handel and Orlando Furioso by Vivaldi, the world premiere of George Koumendakis’s opera The Murderess [I Fonissa] (2014/15) etc. His recordings are on the rise. // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of productions below is continually updated.