Periklis Koukos

He was born in Athens. He studied piano at the National Conservatory with Tony Georgiou and composition with Dimitris Dragatakis and John A. Papaioannou (1976-1979). He continued studying piano in Vienna with Walter Panhofer (1980-1983). He also studied conducting with Colin Metters and composition with Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1986-1988). He composed works of vocal music, chamber music, orchestral works, operas and theater music, many of which were commissioned to him by foreign and Greek institutions. His works were performed in Greece and abroad. He represented Greece at the International Rostrum of Composers organized by UNESCO (Paris, 1987), the First Music Congress of the International Cultural Center of Delphi (1987) and the European Broadcasting Union’s Euroradio exchanges (1989). He is a piano and higher music theory professor at the National Conservatory and the Athens Conservatory, associate artistic director at the National Conservatory and president of the Manolis Kalomiris Society. He was administrator of the Center for Fine Arts and Letters of the Ministry of Culture and vice-president of the Greek Composers’ Union. As president of the Athens Festival (2001-2003), he invited the Brno Opera to perform Janáček’s operas in Greece for the first time: The Canning Little Vixen [ Příhody lišky Bystroušky] and The Makropulos Affair [Věc Makropulos]. As a director of the Greek National Opera (1997-1999), he significantly increased the number of annual productions and staged the Greek operas The Fugitives of the Chessboard [Oi drapetes tis skakieras] by Giorgos Kouroupos and The Masque of the Red [I maska tou kokkinou] by Dimitris Maragopoulos and was the first to stage an international co-production with a foreign Opera (Municipal Theater of Iesi, Italy). The Greek National Opera has performed his operas Conroi and his replicas [O Conroi kai oi kopies tou] (1989-1990), The Manuscripts of Manuel Salinas [Ta heirografa tou Manuel Salinas] (1999-2000) and Midsummer Night’s Dream (1996-199