Stefanos Tsialis

Stefanos Tsialis

Artistic Director

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.

Collaborations with A.S.O.

  • Man and Nature IV - Concert of the Young Musicians' Academy of the Athens State Orchestra

    Fri. 25 May. 2018 20:30

    Man and Nature IV - Concert of the Young Musicians' Academy of the Athens State Orchestra

    The talented students of The Athens State Orchestra’s Academy for Young Musicians are “recruited” more

  • Celebrating the 75 years of the Athens State Orchestra

    Fri. 04 May. 2018 20:30

    Celebrating the 75 years of the Athens State Orchestra

    For three quarters of a century, the Athens State Orchestra has, uninterruptedly and steadily, been more

  • Creation du Monde II

    Sun. 04 Feb. 2018 20:30

    Creation du Monde II

    Music meets Dance. In the artistically restless Paris of the beginning of the 20th century, the two more

  • Creation du Monde I

    Sat. 03 Feb. 2018 20:30

    Creation du Monde I

    Music meets Dance. In the artistically restless Paris of the beginning of the 20th century, the two more

  • Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror

    Sun. 21 Jan. 2018 19:30

    Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror

    “Nosferatu” is not just a great creation of the silent German expressionism, but also the first more

  • Old and new values

    Fri. 03 Nov. 2017 20:30

    Old and new values

    The great pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja doesn’t need special references; each one of her appearances more

  • Opening concert - Man and Nature - Mahler cycle V

    Fri. 06 Oct. 2017 20:30

    Opening concert - Man and Nature - Mahler cycle V

    The ambitious vision of the Athens State Orchestra to present to its audience the entire repertoire more

  • Martha Argerich - Theodosia Ntokou

    Sat. 15 Jul. 2017 21:00

    Martha Argerich - Theodosia Ntokou

    Conducted by Stefanos Tsialis, the Athens State Orchestra will accompany Martha Argerich, a living more

  • Symphonia Domestica

    Fri. 26 May. 2017 20:30

    Symphonia Domestica

    The Athens State Orchestra presents Richard Strauss’s Symphonia Domestica -a hymn to the more

  • Don Quixote

    Fri. 28 Apr. 2017 20:30

    Don Quixote

    A forced cancellation prevented the performance of Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote last season, and more

  • Mahler Cycle IV

    Fri. 24 Feb. 2017 20:30

    Mahler Cycle IV

    The Athens State Orchestra’s ambitious plan to perform all of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies under the more

  • Vienna-Mahler Cycle III

    Fri. 09 Dec. 2016 20:30

    Vienna-Mahler Cycle III

    Vienna was Europe’s music capital for many years. Among the many composers who many Vienna their more

  • Centenary of the foundation of the Union of Greek Ship owners

    Wed. 09 Nov. 2016 20:00

    Centenary of the foundation of the Union of Greek Ship owners

    In honour of the traditionally flourishing Greek maritime sector, the Athens State Orchestra is more

  • Leipzig

    Fri. 07 Oct. 2016 20:30

    Leipzig

    The first regular concert of the season at the Athens Megaron Concert Hall is also the first more

  • Alain Lefèvre-Orestes Papaioannou

    Mon. 27 Jun. 2016 21:00

    Alain Lefèvre-Orestes Papaioannou

    The first prize the promising Greek composer Orestes Papaioannou won in last year’s international more

  • At the threshold of the 20th century II- We and the world VII

    Fri. 06 May. 2016 20:30

    At the threshold of the 20th century II- We and the world VII

    Both Debussy’s atmospheric Nocturnes and Strauss’s ambitious tone poem Don Quixote are typical more

  • Treasures known and unknown III

    Fri. 19 Feb. 2016 20:30

    Treasures known and unknown III

    In a high-octane concert, the internationally-celebrated Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang takes on more

  • Treasures known and unknown II

    Fri. 29 Jan. 2016 20:30

    Treasures known and unknown II

    Sibelius’ magnificent Fifth Symphony along with Macbeth, a less well-known work by Richard Strauss, more

  • 10 years on from the death of Odysseas Dimitriadis

    Fri. 02 Oct. 2015 20:30

    10 years on from the death of Odysseas Dimitriadis

    Under the baton of its artistic director, Stefanos Tsialis, the Athens State Orchestra honours the more

  • Musical...novel (cancelled)

    Mon. 06 Jul. 2015 21:00

    Musical...novel (cancelled)

    Due to the Referendum of the 5th  of July, the concert had to be cancelled. The predicted more

  • Drama – German Romantics V

    Fri. 15 May. 2015 20:30

    Drama – German Romantics V

    The final concert in this season's “German” cycle seeks to provide the audience with a panorama of more

  • Solitary figures - German Romantics III

    Fri. 06 Feb. 2015 20:30

    Solitary figures - German Romantics III

    Loneliness is almost always an inevitable condition for great men, both real and imaginary. This more

  • Winter dreams – Slavic Soul IV

    Wed. 10 Dec. 2014 20:00

    Winter dreams – Slavic Soul IV

    One of the greatest pianists of our age, celebrated for his interpretations of the contemporary more

  • Images of the European North–German Romantics I

    Fri. 21 Nov. 2014 20:30

    Images of the European North–German Romantics I

    A number of this season’s concerts are dedicated to works by German Romantics and post-Romantics. more

  • Music from science fiction films

    Sun. 12 Oct. 2014 19:00

    Music from science fiction films

    Music is an integral part of the film experience, and some unarguably magnificent music has been more

  • The joy of living

    Fri. 03 Oct. 2014 20:30

    The joy of living

    This opening concert introduces one of the two main thematic threads running through the Athens more

  • Concert at Megaron Gardens

    Fri. 26 Sep. 2014 21:00

    Concert at Megaron Gardens

  • Music from the New World (II)

    Fri. 08 Nov. 2013 20:30

    Music from the New World (II)

    Milestones in the history of American music, highpoints in the output of three American composers more