Dimitris Katsibas

He was born in Athens. He studied piano at the Greek Conservatory under Georgios Georgiadis, as well as music theory under Yannis A. Papaioannou. He graduated in 1973 with a distinction and a cash prize. At the same time, on a Bodosakis Foundation scholarship, he studied from 1970 onwards at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart) under Thomas Ungar. During the period 1973-76 he was assistant to Klaus Nagora, his professor at the Opera School of the University, and conducted the Stuttgart Symphonic Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of the College of Music Stuttgart, as well as several ensembles of modern music in Germany and Austria. In Greece he has conducted the Athens State Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Orchestra, the Piraeus Symphonic Orchestra, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) Variety Orchestra and performances by the Athens Chamber Opera. From 1977 onwards he taught music theory and morphology at the Greek Conservatory. As of 1988 he taught piano, harmony and piano accompaniment at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Music Studies. He wrote the books Piano, Harmony and Piano Accompaniment (1998) and Morphology of Music (2007). He joined the GNO in 1979, initially as music instructor and as of 1983 as conductor. Between 1979 and 1998, he directed about 15 productions and/or revivals, including: La traviata, Apaches of Athens [Ι apachides ton Athinon], Die Zauberflöte, Ernani, The godson [O vaftistikos], Rigoletto, The medium, Il tabarro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Petros Petridis’ opera Zefyra, Mastrekinis’ Elazear, etc. // Last update of the biography: March 2019 - The list of the productions below is continually updated.