Greek conductor Stefanos Tsialis has been Artistic Director of the Athens State Orchestra since May 2014.
He was born in Hermoupolis (Greece) in 1964. After studying piano at Thessalonica New Conservatory and musicology at Copenhagen University, he went on to graduate with distinction from Vienna Academy of Music as a conductor and répétiteur, and attended masterclasses with, amongst others, Leonard Bernstein, Vaclav Neumann and Rolf Reuter.
His first engagement took him to the Staatstheater in Meiningen as Director of Studies and Assistant Conductor; he was later welcomed back there from 2005 to 2009 as Permanent Conductor and deputy General Music Director. In Meiningen he collaborated with stage directors of the calibre of Peter Konwitschny, August Everding and Christine Mielitz. It was here that he conducted among many other operas “Elektra”, “Salome”, “Jenufa”, “Wozzeck” and “Mona Lisa”.In 1996, he won a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Foundation.
In 1995 he conducted the German premiere of Mikis Theodorakis’s opera Medea in Meiningen. This was to be the start of a long working association with the composer. Today, Stefanos Tsialis is regarded as one of the leading interpreters in the world of his countryman’s work.
Between 1997 and 2004, Stefanos Tsialis was the Chief Conductor of the Central German Chamber Philharmonic. That the orchestra became the official musical ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany under the patronage of Federal President Johannes Rau bears testimony to the outstanding artistic work he achieved there.
From 2009 to 2013 he was the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Thuringia Philharmonic in Gotha. Many critics have witnessed to the great strides made by the orchestra since he first took up his baton there. “Chief Conductor Stefanos Tsialis, who took up his post there in 2009, deserves the greatest recognition for bringing the best out of the orchestra. ” Das Orchester', Sep 2010. From the 2015/16 season, he will be permanent guest conductor with the Thuringia Philharmonic.
Stefanos Tsialis was a permanent guest conductor with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra during the 2001 to 2004 seasons. Since 2006 he has been permanent guest conductor with the Athens State Orchestra and since 2010 with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked on numerous occasions with the Hamburg and Nuremberg Symphony Orchestras, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Tonkünstlerorchester, the Winnipeg and Montreal Symphonies, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Bucharest, the Bucharest Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Cracow Philharmonic, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa, the Orquesta Nacional de Cuba and has appeared with various orchestras in most E.U. countries as well as in the USA, Canada, Russia, Turkey and Kasakhstan. He has produced CD recordings for the labels Genuin and Centaur, and has appeared on television and radio on the ARD, MDR, NDR, Deutschland Radio Kultur and Greek, Romanian and South African Radio.
In addition to his other commitments, he has been invited back this season to the Nuremberg and Hamburg Symphony Orchestras, the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic, as well as to the Athens and Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestras. In December 2013 he had his debut in the Greek National Opera and in July 2014 he collaborated with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale in Bologna.
In the coming season he has been reinvited to work with the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Hamburg Symphony, the Meininger Hofkapelle and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra.
Stefanos Tsialis has performed at many prestigious festivals, such as the Handel Festival in Halle, the Tivoli Festival in Copenhagen, the Athens Festival, the ‘Braunschweig Classix’ Festival, the ‘Festival de la Habana’, Expos 1992 and 2000, and the Hamburg Music Festival.
For several years now, he has been dedicating himself increasingly to the performance and recording of film music in the international arena.
Stefanos Tsialis speaks eight languages.