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Semitekolo, Nellylocked

  • Danae Stefanou

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(b Athens, Oct 19, 1939). Greek pianist. Semitekolo studied piano at the National Conservatory with Fofi Grafeiadou and Krinio Kalomiris, and at the Munich Musikakademie with Erik Then-Bergh, as well as privately with Alice Pashkus. Specializing in contemporary repertoire, Semitekolo has performed in several European countries, winning special prizes in piano competitions in the USA and Spain, and appearing regularly with all major Greek orchestras, as well as with smaller ensembles, such as the Greek Contemporary Music Ensemble, under the direction of composer Theodore Antoniou. She collaborated with Manos Hadjidakis during his time as artistic director of the Greek State Radio’s Music Station (‘Trito Programma’), and appeared in several local festivals across Greece. Since the 1980s she has taught and/or been in charge of piano divisions at several conservatories across Greece, including the Athenaeum Conservatory, and the Municipal Conservatories in Piraeus and Kalamata. Renowned for her open-minded, flexible approach to teaching, Semitekolo taught several generations of prominent contemporary pianists, including Theodore Kotepanos and George Kontrafouris. She is the wife of visual artist and performer Grigoris Semitekolo, famous for his first performance of Jani Christou’s ...

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