RETURNLukas Karytinos

Lukas Karytinos

Conductor, director of the Athens State Orchestra, he was born in Athens. He studied law at the University of Athens (1969-75), music theory and piano at the Athens Conservatory and orchestra conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin). He attended seminars in orchestra conducting by Otmar Suitner and Walter Weller at Salzburg’s Mozarteum (1976-81). He served as the music director of the Berlin chamber orchestra at the Charlottenburg (1978-1981) and artistic director of the “Piccolo Teatro Berolino.” Subsequently he worked at the Koblenz Opera. He conducted orchestras and operas at the international festivals of Athens, Epidaurus, Verona, Rome, Las Palmas, Torre del Lago, Witten (Germany), Avans, etc. He worked with distinguished directors, conducting operas at the opera houses of Berlin, Barcelona, Cologne, Monte Carlo, Detroit, Bern, Salzburg, Rome, Athens and Catania. Outside Greece, he conducted symphonic orchestras in England, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Korea , the United States, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, etc. Since 1985, he is a regular conductor at the Greek National Opera. In 1992 he became Music Director of the GNO and for the years 1999-2005 he served as the organization’s Artistic Director. He has conducted numerous operas and performances such as La traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, Turandot, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Il trovatore, Tosca, Nabucco, etc. He conducted three operas by Mikis Theodorakis in their world premieres. He was honored with the City of Athens “Gold Medal of Honor” (1989), the title Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana by the Italian Republic (2005), the Grand Music Prize of the Association of Greek Theater and Music Critics (2008), etc. In 1997 he founded the Ochestra Enarmonia. His has recorded for labels: BMG, WEA, CBS, ETERNA, and Dynamic. He teaches conducting at the Athens Conservatory. // Last update of the biography: October 2020 - The list of productions below is continually updated.