Greek maestro appointed director of historic Erfurt Opera
Myron Michailidis, considered today as one of the most important Greek conductors, has been appointed music director of the historic opera and philharmonic Orchestra of Erfurt in Germany.
His vivid conducting style is characterized by conviction and authority coupled by outstanding dynamic control and variety of expression. Since 2011 he has been serving as General Manager and Artistic Director of The Greek National Opera (GNO), following his former position as General manager and Artistic Director and Principal of The Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra (TSSO), a post held since 2004. Between 1999 until 2004, Maestro Michailidis was Permanent Conductor at the Opera of Eastern Saxony in Germany.
Maestro Michailidis studied piano in Athens with Dimitris Toufexis and conducting at the Music Academy in Berlin with Hans-Martin Rabenstein, Miltiadis Karydis and Simon Rattle. He also holds a law degree from the Athens University.
His diverse repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary, and his conducting credits span the symphonic and operatic and choral worlds. In addition to the core symphonic and operatic composers, he is a great proponent of the music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff with recordings of international acclaim, whereas in the operatic field, his interpretations of composers such as Verdi, Gounod, Puccini, are particularly noteworthy, resulting in collaborations with the finest stage directors and set designers of the world.
While with the TSSO, Maestro Michailidis has led concerts at various festivals in Greece and abroad. In December 2007, during the celebration events of the Cultural Year of Greece in China, he took the Orchestra on tour in Beijing China, host of the 2008 Olympic Games. He has conducted several important orchestras in Germany, China, Israel, Italy, Czech Republic, Mexico, Slovakia, Poland, Rumania, Portugal, Taiwan, such as: Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Roma Symphonic Orchestra, Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Bucharest National Opera, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Μexico State Orchestra, Οdessa Philharmonic, as well as all major orchestras in Greece.
Maestro Michailidis is also a prolific recording artist. He has recorded for EMI Classics and repeatedly for Naxos, as well as for numerous Greek labels and the Greek Radio. His recent recording of Beethoven’s 3rd and 4th piano concertos with Aldo Ciccolini, has already brought him into the international spotlight, whereas his recordings of works byIldebrando Pizzetti with Naxos received in 2009, a Five Diapasons award in “Diapason”. In addition, the “Greek Classics” CD featuring works by Greek composers for the same label, was given the “Supersonic Award” by the Pizzicato Classics in Luxembourg and was recommended from NAXOS for two Grammy awards.
Maestro Michailidis has collaborated with distinguished artists such as, Paul Badura-Skoda, Salvatore Accardo, Aldo Ciccolini, Cyprien Katsaris,Ivo Pogorelich, Lars Vogt, Shlomo Mintz, Misha Maisky, Vadim Repin, Martino Tirimo, June Anderson, Cheryl Studer, Paata Burchuladze, Fazil Say, and several others.
In 2009 Maestro Michailidis received the prestigious Honorable Award from the Greek Critics Association for Music and Theater.
In 2015 he was nominated Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Arts and Letters) of the French Republic.