- George Leotsakos
(b Athens, Feb 10, 1935). Greek composer. He studied the violin, singing and composition at the National Conservatory, Athens (1947–58); he also studied composition with Papaioannou at the Hellenic Conservatory, Athens (1956–61). His studies were continued with Günther Bialas at the Munich Musikhochschule, where he gained his first experience in electronic music. He made a tour of the USA in 1966 and spent the year 1968 in Berlin. In 1967 he founded the Hellenic Group of Contemporary Music in Athens. He taught composition and orchestration at the universities of Stanford (1969–70) – where he founded the ‘Alea II’ ensemble – and Utah (1970), at the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts as professor (1970–78), and at Tanglewood (1974–85), where he was also assistant director of contemporary activities. In 1979 he was appointed professor of composition at the University of Boston and in ...