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date: 20 February 2020

Kounadis, Argyris [Arghyris]locked

  • George Leotsakos
  • , revised by Danae Stefanou



(b Constantinople, Feb 14, 1924; d Freiburg, Nov 22, 2011). Greek composer, conductor, and pianist. Kounadis studied piano with Dimitris Maris and Spyros Farantatos at the Athens Conservatory until 1952, and composition with Yannis Papaioannou at the Hellenic Conservatory in Athens, graduating in 1956. Scholarships from the Greek and West German governments enabled him to pursue his studies at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik, with Wolfgang Fortner (composition) and Karl Ueter (conducting). In 1963 he was appointed assistant professor to Fortner and director of the Musica Viva concerts, succeeding Fortner as a professor in 1972, and retiring in 1989. Kounadis gradually emerged as one of the most important 20th-century Greek composers for the stage and screen, collaborating regularly with the choreographer Rallou Manou, and with film directors Michael Cacoyannis and Grigoris Grigoriou among others. He also showed significant interest in the urban song tradition of rebetiko and during the period ...

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