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Artistic Director, Athens State Orchestra
Chief Conductor, Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra
Vassilis Christopoulos has established himself as one of Greece’s most inspiring conductors. In May 2011 he became the youngest Artistic Director of the Athens State Orchestra. He is also Chief Conductor of the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra in Constance, a position he has held since September 2005.
Vassilis Christopoulos has conducted prestigious orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Bremen Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin and Czech Radio Symphony Orchestras.
20 Sep 2013
On behalf of the French Minister of Culture, Ambassador of France to Greece, Mr. Jean-Loup Kuhn-Delforge, conferred on Vassilis Christopoulos the insignia of Knight of the Order of Arts and...
25 Jul 2013
Vassilis Christopoulos conducts the Athens State Orchestra at the re-opening of the Ancient Theatre of Messene on 3 August 2013. The programme consists of arias, duets and orchestral excerpts with...
31 May 2013
On 14 June, Vassilis Christopoulos will conduct Verdi's Requiem at the prestigious Herod Atticus Odeon for the Athens Festival.
The other participants are:
Athens State Orchestra...
31 May 2013
31st May sees the official closing of the winter season in the Megaron, Athens and this year's Beethoven-cycle with Symphonies no 6 and 7 conducted by Vassilis Christopoulos.
19 Dec 2012
On 30th December Vassilis Christopoulos and Athens State Orchestra perform Beethoven's Symphony No 9 at the Megaron. This final concert in 2012 of the Athens State Orchestra is sold out. The...
19 Oct 2012
On 19 October Vassilis Christopoulos and the Athens State Orchestra perform the first concert of a 5 concert cycle of Beethoven symphonies. The concerts take place at the Megaron in Athens...
14 Oct 2012
Vassilis Christopoulos and Athens State Orchestra season opened on 5 October to critical acclaim. The programme included Skalkottas Violin Concerto played by Georgios Demertzis and Mahler...
14 Jun 2012
June 2012 Gramophone edition listed Athens State Orchestra’s concert on 1st June at the Athens Megaron, this season’s final regular concert, as an unmissable musical event. Vassilis Christopoulos...
24 Apr 2012
Vassilis Christopoulos returns to Tokyo to conduct the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra at the Sumida Triphony Hall on 30 April with a programme including Stravinsky's Firebird Suite and...
01 Feb 2012
International Classical Artists is delighted to announce the signing of one of Greece’s most talented and inspiring conductors, Vassilis Christopoulos.
In May 2011 Vassilis Christopoulos...
Nikos Dontas, Kathimerini - Oct 2011
Yiannis Svolos, Eleftherotypia - Oct 2011
Kathimerini - Oct 2010
Nikos Dontas, Kathimerini - Oct 2009
Thurgauer Zeitung - Sep 2006
Elisabeth Schwind, Suedkurier - Sep 2006
Vassilis Christopoulos has established himself as one of Greece’s most talented and inspiring conductors. In May 2011 he became the youngest conductor to be appointed Artistic Director of the Athens State Orchestra. He is also Chief Conductor of the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra in Constance, a position he has held since September 2005.
Vassilis Christopoulos has conducted prestigious orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Bremen Philharmonic, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin and Czech Radio Symphony Orchestras. He makes his debut with the NDR Radiophilharmonie this season.
As a regular guest conductor of the Greek National Opera Vassilis has conducted Tosca, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, The Mother’s Ring by Manolis Kalomiris, the Greek premières of Handel’s Serse and Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso, as well as the world première of Lysistrata by Mikis Theodorakis. He has also conducted Rigoletto and Die Zauberflöte at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, and in Constance (Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe, Die Kluge, Dido and Aeneas).
His discography includes the first recording of Concertos by Nikos Skalkottas with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra which was released on BIS in 2008. His CD “Mozart Arias” featuring French Soprano Géraldine Casey and the Southwest German Philharmonic was awarded a Golden Orpheus by the Académie internationale du disque lyrique in Paris for the best Mozart recording in 2009.
Vassilis Christopoulos was born in Munich. He studied oboe at the Athens Conservatory and was a member of the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra for three years. He completed his conducting studies with Professor Hermann Michael at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Munich in 2000.
In 1999 he was nominated “Young Musician of the Year” by the Greek Music and Drama Critics’ Association. In 2000 he won the First Prize at the 1st Bad Homburg Conducting Competition and was a prize winner in the “Dimitris Mitropoulos” International Conducting Competition in Athens.