Margaritis, Loris (Lykourgos)
- Apostolos Palios
(b Aigion, Achaia, Greece, 1894; d Athens, 1953). Distinguished Greek concert pianist, music educator, and composer. In the beginning he made an impression as an infant prodigy playing his own piano compositions. Thomas Mann wrote his romance Das Wunderkind after attending Margaritis' performance at the age of nine in the Richard Wagner Hall in Munich. After his studies in the Berlin and Munich music academies, Margaritis returned to Greece around 1915 and collaborated in Thessaloniki in the consolidation of the State Conservatory of the city, where he taught until the beginning of World War II. During this period he performed throughout Europe as a soloist and as a piano duo with his ex-student and wife Ida Rosenkranz, whom he had married in 1925. Starting in 1928 Margaritis was invited to teach the piano at the Mozart Summer Academy in Salzburg and to become a jury member of highly recognized international piano competitions, such as the Frederic Chopin, Vienna Music Academy, and Geneva International Piano Competitions. In ...