RETURNGeorge Petrou

George Petrou

He was born in Athens and studied piano at the Athens Conservatoire, graduating with honors and First Prize. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, on scholarships from the Royal Academy and the Onassis Foundation. He graduated with the title Master of Music. He started a career as a pianist, performing in a duo with Christos Papageorgiu and winning the Redding-Piette competition (1995). He currently follows an international career as conductor, appearing in major concert halls and opera houses in Europe. His conducting repertory expands from baroque to romanticism, with an emphasis on the historically informed practices and opera. He has conducted many new productions of operas in Greece and abroad. He established the first Greek period instruments ensemble, based on the Orchestra of Patras. In Greece, he has appeared repeatedly at the Athens Concert Hall, the Onassis Cultural Center, the Festival of Ancient Corinth, etc. He records with the Athens based Armonia Atenea orchestra of period instruments. His increasing, award-winning recordings include operas by Handel, Gluck, Vivaldi, Paisielo, Mayr and Mantzaros, as well as concerts and arias by Gluck and Hasse with countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic, and the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus [Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus] (MDG, Dabringhaus und Grimm, Decca, OEHMS Classics). Most of his recordings won prestigious awards, such as the ECHO KLASSIC 2008, Diapason d'Or, etc. He has won awards in Greece and abroad. At the Greek National Opera he has conducted such productions as Orfeo ed Euridice, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Halima, La Cenerentola etc. // Last update of the biography: December 2015