Dimitris Michailidis

Pianist, Composer, Conductor
He was born in Istanbul, on 27/4/1920. He graduated from the Athens University Law School, while studying piano and higher music theory at the Hellenic Conservatory, the National Conservatory and the Athens Conservatory. He worked as a pianist (National Theater, National Radio Institute, Hellenic Radio and Television and Greek National Opera) and principal musician (Symphonic Orchestra of the National Radio and Television Institute and Greek National Opera Orchestra). He taught at the National Conservatory, the Athens Conservatory and Kostis Mihailidis’s Drama School. He composed piano and vocal music works and since 1983 almost only chamber music works. He took action as simple member or/and board of administration member of the Greek Composers’ Union (1966), the Greek National Opera (1974-75), the Pan-Hellenic Musicians’ Union and UNESCO’s National Music Council (1981-91). He worked at the Greek National Opera as principal musician during the period 1942-86, and closely collaborated with Walter Pfeffer. He conducted 25 operas, operettas and ballets in 76 productions and/or revivals. Among others he conducted: Das Land des Lächelns, The Godson / O vaftistikos, Das Dreimädelhaus, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, La traviata, Madama Butterfly, At the Barracks / Sta parapigmata, Un ballo in maschera, Il trovatore, Gräfin Mariza, Die Csárdásfürstin, Tosca. He conducted the operettas: Ein Walzertraum, iktoria und ihr Husar, The Woman of the Street / I gynaika tou dromou, The Apaches of Athens / Oi Apachides ton Athinon], performed by the Greek National Opera for the first time, as well as the ballet Gigelle for Iro Sismani’s Ballets (Rex Thater, 1955). He passed away in Athens, in 2002. // Last update of the biography: November 2020 - The list of productions below is continually updated.