MYRON MICHAILIDIS • biography
Widely regarded as one of the most important Greek conductors, Maestro Myron Michailidis is currently General Music Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Theatre Erfurt, Germany, as well as the very first Artistic Director of the new Heraklion Cultural and Conference Center in Greece.
Appointed “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Republic in 2016, Michailidis served as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Greek National Opera from 2011 to 2017. His contributions to the institution’s achievements and successes were honoured with the Society of Friends of the Greek National Opera’s prestigious “Apollo Award” in his final year. Maestro Michailidis’ conducting style is characterized as impassioned and vivid, yet authoritative, allowing him to deliver outstanding dynamic control as well as wide-ranging musical expression. The Greek Critics Award bestowed upon him “Honourable Award for Music and Theatre”. Prior to his tenure as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of The Greek National Opera, Michailidis was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, a post he held from 2004 to 2011. From 1999 to 2004 he further served as Permanent Conductor at the Eastern Saxony Opera in Germany.
With a repertoire spanning over 250 symphonic works and 40 operas ranging from the Baroque to the Contemporary, Maestro Michailidis is particularly known for his interpretations of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, as well as the operatic works by Verdi, Puccini, Gounod and Wagner. Throughout the years, Michailidis has collaborated with internationally distinguished musicians such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Salvatore Accardo, Cyprien Katsaris, Aldo Ciccolini, Ivo Pogorelich, Lars Vogt, Shlomo Mintz, Misha Maisky, Vadim Repin, Martino Tirimo, June Anderson, Cheryl Studer, Paata Burchuladze, Fazil Say and Barry Douglas, among many others.
He has conducted some of the most renowned orchestras throughout Germany, China, Israel, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Mexico, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Taiwan, including the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Rome Symphonic Orchestra, Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Bucharest National Opera, Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt, Astrakhan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico State Orchestra, Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as all of the major orchestras in Greece. While with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, Michailidis led concerts at various festivals in Greece as well as abroad. In December 2007, during the celebration events of the Cultural Year of Greece in China, he took the Orchestra on tour to Beijing China, host of the 2008 Olympic Games.
Maestro Michailidis has conducted numerous opera productions at opera houses, festivals and on international tours. Over the years, he has performed with some of the finest singers, stage directors and set designers. He has further led numerous spectacular productions at the legendary Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. In2015 his production of Gounod’s Faust with Eric Cutler, Alexia Voulgaridou, Paata Burchuladze and Dimitri Platanias, directed by Renato Zanella, marked the Greek National Opera’s first DVD release. In 2017 he led a production of La Fille du Régiment at Shanghai Grand Theatre. As Theater Erfurt’s new General Music Director, he has conducted new productions of Carmen (2018), Aida (2019),Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tale of Tsar Saltan (2019), Lohengrin (2020) and Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor (2020), as well as performances of Lehar’s Merry Widow (2019). Upcoming productions with Theater Erfurt scheduled for the 2021/22 season include Manon Lescaut and Luisa Miller as well as a new production of Nabucco. In March of 2021 Michailidis was scheduled to conduct Norma at The Göteborg Opera, a production that unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
A prolific recording artist, Michailidis’ 2012 EMI Classics recording of Beethoven’s 3rd and 4th piano concertos with the legendary French-Italian pianist Aldo Ciccolini received exceptional international acclaim. His recording of works by the Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti for Naxos, including several world premieres, earned Michailidis stellar reviews with five Diapasons by the French magazine in 2009, and several awards. Two years prior, his first Naxos CD featuring Theodore Kerkezos and works by 20th century Greek composers such as Mikis Theodorakis, Nikos Skalkottas, Theodore Antoniou, Manos Hadjidakis, Minas Alexiadis and Vassilis Tenidis won the Pizzicato Classics “Supersonic Award” and two Grammy Award nominations.
Following his piano studies with Dimitris Toufexis in Athens, Michailidis studied conducting with Hans-Martin Rabenstein at the Universität der Künste Berlin, and participated in Master Classes by Miltiadis Karydis and Simon Rattle. He also holds a law degree from the University of Athens.
SATÉNIK KHOURDOÏAN • biography
"A personality, an impeccable technique, a musical sensitivity that has something to say with her bow, with her fingering of a rare subtlety, with her heart. For Saténik focuses on the deep meaning of the works she interprets rather than on virtuosity, which she is naturally endowed with." Nice Matin
Saténik Khourdoïan has performed in France and abroad in such prestigious venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Jerusalem Music Center, Salle Pleyel, Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Theâtre du Châtelet, Olivier Messiaen hall of Radio France, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra de Marseille, State Opera of Yerevan, Festival de la Roque d'Anthéron, Festival de la Grange de Meslay, Festival de Nohant, Violon sur le sable, Festival de Beaulieu sur Mer, Salle Puccini in Milan.
As soloist, she performed with Nordwestdeutsche Phliharmonie, conducted by Frank Beermann, La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra in Brussels, conducted by Alain Altinoglu and Hartmut Haenchen, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, conducted by Fayçal Karoui, Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France conducted by Juraj Valcuha, at the Festival "Antibes Génération Virtuoses " with Philharmonic Orchestra of Cannes, conducted by Philippe Bender, Philharmonic Orchestra of Marseille, conducted by Friederich Pleyer, and Philharmonic Orchestra of Yerevan, conducted by Ruben Asatryan.
After training under Jean Ter-Merguerian at Marseille Conservatory, she entered Paris Conservatory in the class of Jean-Jacques Kantorow. This young violinist, named "Classical Revelation of Adami 2009", won in November 2008 the Fourth Prize of the Long Thibaud Competition and three special prizes (Audience Prize, SACEM and Gaby Pasquier). In February 2008, she received a Second Prize at the YCA in New York and is also the winner of the Aram Khtachatourian Competition in Yerevan, in 2006. Saténik Khourdoïan is a laureate of the Fondation d'entreprise Groupe Banque Populaire and plays a violin by G.B.Gadagnini, on loan from the Zilber Foundation.
This young artist is since 2013 the Konzertmeisterin of the Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie, in Brussels.
In demand in chamber music repertoire, as orchestra Solo violin or as a Solo performer, Ms. Khourdoïan never ceases renewing her repertoire and on stage, her partners are Gilles Apap, Laurent Korcia, Alexander Gurning, Emmanuel Rossfelder, Sarah Nemtanu, Lise Berthaud, Florent Boffard, André Cazalet, Alain Altinoglu, Emmanuel Ceysson, Claire Désert, Nathalie Manfrino and Jean-Marc Phillips Varjabédian.Her first CD with pianist Alexander Gurning, dedicated to the composers E.Ysaye, G.Fauré and C.Saint-Saens was released in April 2018 for the Outhere Music-Fuga Libera label to high critical acclaim.
Her CD dedicated to P.I. Tchaikovsky as a soloist with La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alain Altinoglu, was released for the same label in 2021 and received five diapasons from Diapason magazine.