photo credit: Vassilis Papapanagiotou

Ilias Ion Livieratos

"Violist Ilias Livieratos is a wonderful musician with a very personal playing that is filled with deepness and heartfelt poetry", said Swedish pianist and professor Staffan Scheja about the principal violist of the Athens State orchestra, when he was honoured with the Swedish Jan Wallander prize for 2022.

Born in 1991 and raised in Preveza, he studied at the Mozarteum Salzburg (with a scholarship of the Friends of Music Society), Munich, Würzburg and Stockholm with professors such as Christoph Poppen, Klara Flieder-Pantillon, Grigori Zhislin, Midori Seiler (historical interpretation) and Ellen Nisbeth. Along with his music studies, he studied at the Medical School of Athens, a path he decided to abandon for the sake of music.

He worked as principal violinist and violist at the Greek National Opera, the Augsburg Philharmonic and Camerata/Armonia Atenea. He was also a member of the European Youth Orchestra.

As a soloist he has collaborated with the "legend" of baroque music R. Göbel / Vivaldi concerto for 3 violins in Slovenia and G. Petrou / Camerata / 6th Brandenburg at the Athens Concert Hall on period instruments. In 2022 he recorded as a soloist with the A.S.O. Mozart's sinfonia concertante.

In April 2022 he collaborated with the great violinist Leonidas Kavakos on Brahms Quartets, in a charity concert for the reconstruction of Mariupol's maternity hospital in Ukraine. In June 2022 he collaborated again with Kavakos, as a soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante; Leonidas Kavakos commented about this concert that Ilias Livieratos is an "asset for the Greek Classical Music".

He plays on a viola by Giuseppe, Antonio & Giovanni Gagliano of 1800 (sponsored by Handelsbanken Sverige and prize of the Jan Wallander award).