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Miltiadis Karydis

Conductor
He was born in Gdańsk, Poland (then Freie Stadt Danzig) in 1923. He was raised in Dresden where he went to school. When in 1938 his family relocated to Greece, he continued his schooling at the German School of Athens. He took piano lessons with Ivi Pana and music theory with conductor Theodoros Vavagiannis at the Athens Consrvatory. He studied orchestra conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music and the Performing Arts (now the University of Music and Performing Arts / Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst) under composer Josef Marx and conductor Hans Swarowsky (1944-47). Upon graduation, he continued his studies with Herman Scherchen and Herbert von Karajan. He began his professional career in the Viennese Theater in Josefstadt (Theater in der Josefstadt) (1946). He worked as conductor in radio stations and important European lyrical theaters: Bregenz (1947-48), Graz (1948-59), Cologne (1959-62), Vienna, etc. He was chief conductor in the philharmonic orchestras of Oslo (1969-75), Duisburg (1975-81), the Tonkünstler Orchestra (1978-88), the Philarmonia Hungarica (1960-67) and resident conductor in the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1962-66). He was often invited to participate in the most important European festivals (Berlin, Vienna, Dresden, Salzburg). He possessed a very broad repertoire and presented at least 100 first performances of contemporary works. He supported the work of significant Greek composers (Kalomiris, Evangelatos, Skalkotas and Christou). He appeared at the Herodeion and the Athens Concert Hall, conducting international and Greek orchestras. At the GNO he directed the operas Othello [Otello] (1977-78), The Tales of Hoffman [Les contes d’Hoffmann] (1984-85) and excerpts of works by Wagner. He taught at the Superior Schools of Music of Vienna and Dresden. In 1995 he took up the general direction of the National Symphonic Orchestra of ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation) and died while he conducted it during a rehearsal. He participated in panels of judges at international competitions for new conductors. He was honored with the “Bela Bartok” Award (Hungary, 1981) and by the Academy of Athens (1991). Several of his performances have survived in recordings.