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Akis (Efthimios) Kavallieratos

Conductor
He was born in Corfu in 1937. He took his first music lessons in Corfu and continued his training at the National Conservatory in Athens, studying piano with Koula Papadiamantopoulou and music theory with Manolis Kalomiris. Subsequently he studied orchestra conducting at the Vienna Conservatory under Gustav Koslik, Willy Burkhard and Karl Hudez. Following his return to Greece, he worked with the orchestras of the City of Athens and the City of Piraeus, as well as the Youth Orchestra "Panarmonia." Then he went on to conduct the Athens State Orchestra and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra. He participated in numerous events of the Athens Festival and the Corfu Festival, and he conducted the Chamber Music Ensemble of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) in concerts in Paris and Marseille. He also conducted the orchestra of the Spanish Radio & Television as well as the Symphony Orchestras of the Leipzig, Ljubljana, Moscow and Sofia Radio Broadcasters, as well as the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Georgia (former USSR). He served as resident conductor of the Hellenic Radio (ERA) Symphony Orchestra. With that orchestra, he gave several first performances of works by Greek and foreign composers and made numerous recordings, including symphonic works by Alekos Xenos and arias from operas interpreted by Kiki Morfoniou. He passed away in Athens in 1995. Over the years 1979-1993, he conducted the GNO productions of the opera The Τroubadour [Il trovatore] (1978-79) and the operetta The Bat [Die Fledermaus] (1992-93).