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Konstantinos Arvanitakis is a graduate of the Athens Conservatoire (Flute), the Drama School of the National Theatre of Greece (Acting), Athens University (Classics), and the University of California at Irvine (MFA in Stage Directing). Right after the completion of his studies he received a fellowship to train as artistic director at the Arizona Theatre Company. He has directed over 50 productions on all the prominent stages of Greece. He has taught at the Department of Theatre Studies of the Athens University and the University of Peloponnese, and has served as President of the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute. Under his leadership, in 10 years the Athens Conservatoire Drama School has become one of the most prestigious institutions in Greece.
Regula Baenziger studied at the „Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini“ in Genova with Gabriella Ravazzi, after her diploma with Wally Staempfli at the Music Academy Basel. She took part in a series of masterclasses near celebrated personalities, such as Giovanna Canetti, Carmen Vilalta, Vera Bertinetti and Beppe di Tomasi and has been a winner at the international competition „Le nozze di Figaro“ in Italy. She sang leading parts like Cherubino in „Le nozze di Figaro“, Dorabella in „Così fan tutte“ and Santuzza in „Cavalleria Rusticana“. For a long time she seriously occupied herself with the Lied. Accompanied by the greek pianist Evangelos Sarafianos she sang numerous recitals, amongst others in Patras and Rhodos. While performing and continuing her own vocal enhancement, she early founded her own singing class in Basel (Switzerland). In 2019 she was member of the production team for the contemporary opera „Schellenursli“ at the Basel Theater.
George Koutlis was born in Athens in 1989. He graduated from the acting department of Athens Conservatoire Drama School and the Law department of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He studied stage directing at the Russian University of Theater Arts GITIS (master Y. Kamenkovich – D. Krymov) and graduated with a master's degree (Hons.). He speaks English, French, and Russian.
He has directed the musical performance "What is love?" (a production of the composer J. Schild and the opera singer R. Baenzinger) in Arnados of Tinos island (July 2017) and then in Basil,
Switherland (September 2017), the children's play "Andersen's Fairy Tales" at the Museum of Moscow (December 2018) and at Zaryadye Hall (December 2019), in Moscow.
In March 2020 he will direct at the "Katina Paxinou" stage of the National Theatre of Greece, the play "Playing the victim" by Presnyakov Brothers, in his translation of the play since it has never been staged in Greece before, and in September 2020 the play "Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man", by Aleksandr Ostrovsky, at the center stage of VENE TEATER, in Talin Esthonia.
Furthermore, while in GITIS, his directing works had been chosen to be presented at the international festivals "W.E.T.A" (World Education Theater Alliance) in Beijing, and "PODIUM" in Moscow, representing his university. In February 2019 he directed his bachelor's thesis "The Government Inspector from Petersburg" which was based on "The Government Inspector" by Nikolai Gogol. » » video link
Since 2019, he is part of the teaching team of Athens Conservatoire Drama School.
As an actor he has worked at "Rhesus" - A promenade performance at the archaeological site of Aristotle's Lyceum, directed by K. Evangelatos as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival of 2015 and in 2018, at the play "War and Peace", directed by O. Glushkov, in Moscow.
Giorgos Paterakis is a Greek pianist born in Athens. He studied piano and composition, graduated the Athens Conservatory and continued his studies at the Royal Academy
of Music, London (P. Fowke class), and at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, Budapest (K. Zempleni class), under the "Alexander Onassis Foundation" scholarship. Until a few years ago he was a piano
teacher giving lessons and masterclasses and led a solo career performing as a soloist in orchestras, giving recitals and chamber music concerts, recording for the radio in Greece and abroad. After
giving up teaching and solo-career he founded the String Theory Ensemble, a pioneering and very active group of classical & folk musicians, actors and visual artists, merging Greek, Balkan and
oriental ethnic regional music with classical forms and establishing a quite original artistic genre. Until now he keenly and exclusively composes and performs as a pianist at The String Theory
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Evangelos Sarafianos is a pianist of Greek origin, born in Cairo. He studied piano at the Athens Conservatory with Professor George Arvanitakis and later on with Peter
Efler at the Musical Academy of Basel where he graduated in 1987 with the highest grade, the „Solisten-Diplom". Between 1987-1991 he concentrated on historical instruments including the
hammerklavier, cembalo and clavichord. He studied with Jean Goverts at the „Schola Cantorum Basiliensis" and Christine Sartoretti at the Conservatoire de Lausanne where he earned a diploma in
Cembalo. He won the Bachauer Competition in Greece, the Swiss National Competition, PIANO 80, in Winterthur and subsequently he was awarded the most prestigious scholarship of Greece, by the
Alexander S. Onassis Foundation.
Mr. Sarafianos' activities range over various artistic fields including concerts in Europe, Canada and Egypt. Since 1999 he performs almost every year in Japan where he gave masterclasses (as in Showa University) as well as in Greece and Canada.
His repertoire extends from the Baroque to the present and includes works of the most challenging difficulties, such as Rachmaninoff's 3rd concerto for piano in d-Minor, as well as the most strict stylistic pieces, such as Bach's Concertos.
He currently holds a post at the Conservatory of Zurich as well as at the Musikschule der Musik-Akademie in Basel.
Johannes Schild studied composition, music theory, piano and conducting at the Music Academies of Detmold and Wuerzburg. He composed pieces for piano, organ, voices
and orchestra, music for film and stage and orchestral arrangements of popular and classical music. Notable compositions in the recent past were Fresko for organ (2009 cologne cathedral),
Metávasi – Three symphonic sketches (2011 auditorium university cologne), Sternherz – Christmas opera (2013 aesch/switzerland), Ti ine i agápi – Cantata on words by Nikos
Kazantzakis (2017 arnados/tinos, greece), Le Petit Prince – Singspiel to the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (2019 aesch/switzerland).
Johannes Schild is professor of theory and composition at University of Music and Dance Cologne and at Zurich University of the Arts. He performed as concert conductor and film music conductor on various productions with Hamburger Symphoniker, Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra Sofia, German Pops Orchestra Stuttgart, Shanghai Opera Orchestra, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, Hofer Sinfoniker. » » video link
He has been piano accompanist for voice master classes in France, Italy, Greece and Switzerland.
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