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Ioannidis, Yannis

George Leotsakos

in Oxford Music Online

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(b Athens, Greece, June 8, 1930). Greek composer. He studied piano with Elli and Spiro Farandatos at the Athens Conservatory (1946–55); then at the Vienna Academy of Music he took lessons in the organ with Karl Walter (graduating in 1959), composition with Otto Siegl (diploma and prize, 1963), and the harpsichord with Eta Harich-Schneider. Having married a Venezuelan pianist, Nilyan Perez, he settled in Caracas and took Venezuelan nationality in 1968. In 1969 he was appointed professor of contemporary composition at the Institute of Culture and Fine Arts, Caracas, and in 1971 he became professor of harmony and organ at the Caracas Conservatory and was also appointed to teach and to direct the choir at Caracas University. While at the Institute of Culture he conducted its chamber orchestra; in 1971 he founded the Caracas Chamber Orchestra, and he also appeared frequently as a guest conductor with Venezuelan symphony orchestras. He has been honoured with the Venezuelan Teresa Carreño National Music Award (...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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