Giorgios Kouroupos

He was born in Athens on 01/01/1942. He studied piano at the National Conservatory of Athens under Spyros Farandatos, Dimitrios Maris and Mary Chairogeorgou (1953-1965), as well as theory under Theodore Vavagianni and Constantine Kydoniatis. At the same time, he studied mathematics at the University of Athens and composition under G. A. Papaioannou. From 1959-1968 he played piano in concerts and recordings of music by Manos Hadjidakis, conducted the EIR (National Radio Foundation) Light Music Orchestra and worked as assistant to Giannis (Jani) Christou. He started to compose in 1967. On a scholarship from the French government, he studied composition under Olivier Messaien Paris (1968-1972). In Paris, he composed vocal music and works inspired by ancient drama. He collaborated with filmmakers Giannis Kokos, Z. M. Ribes (1975) and Antoine Vitez (1977). At the same time he worked at the Paris Conservatoire (1971-76) and the Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Créteil, (1972-1976). His compositions were regularly presented in France and Europe. He accepted composition proposals from Greek and foreign institutions: Festival de Royan, ALEA III, First Program Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation and Society of Friends of Music, OMMA, OMMA-Hamburg Opera. He wrote music for the theater. He returned to Greece in 1977, He was deputy director of the Third Program of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (1977-1981), president of the Greek National Opera (1982-1984), Chairman of the Board of the Greek National Opera (1994-99) and director of the music sector of the Municipal Cultural Development Corporation Kalamata (1985-1990). In 1995 he was the artistic director of the Orchestra of Colours. He is a member of the Greek Composers' Union since 2000 and member of the Steering Committee of the Department of Music Studies of the Ionian University. In 2012 he took position of artistic director of the Athens Concert Hall. The National Opera presented his of his opera The Fugitives of the Chessboard (1998-1999). He received "Nikos Kazantzakis" Award from the Iraklion Municipality (1984) and the international Benois de la Danse Award from the Hamburg Opera (1996).