Panos Liaropoulos Piano, Composition, And Arranging

Panos Liaropoulos Piano, Composition, And Arranging

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Panagiotis Liaropoulos is a Greek composer and pianist. He was born in Athens, Greece and since 1997 he resides in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a Doctoral Degree in Composition from Boston University where he studied with Theodore Antoniou and Lukas Foss. He pursued his graduate studies on a Fulbright Grant and he was the recipient of the 2001 Boston University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theory and Composition.

Dr. Liaropoulos completed his undergraduate studies in Music Studies/Musicology in the School of Fine Arts at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He also holds degrees in Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Composition, and Piano from the National Conservatory of Athens, Greece.

His compositions include music for solo instruments, various ensembles, chorus, and orchestra and his works have been performed and awarded in Europe and the United States. Among his national and international distinctions are the first prize in the ALEA III International Composition Competition (2002) for his piece Orientations Beta, the second prize in the prestigious Dimitri Mitropoulos International Composition Competition (2005) for his Concerto for Flute and Orchestra and the first prize at the Composers' National Workshop at Athens Megaron Concert Hall in Athens, Greece (1999), for his piece Lament for String Quartet and Tape. In addition, he has been the recipient of several awards, scholarships, and residencies, that include, among others, an Honorary Mention at the Uuno Clami International Composition Competition (Finland, 2004) for his piece Journal Intime d' Un Avril Invisible for Mezzo Soprano and Chamber Orchestra, and residencies at the Aspen Music Festival and School (2004), and the Yaddo Artistic Community (2005).

For the past two decades, Dr. Liaropoulos has been composing works of several different styles and mediums. By drawing his inspiration and creative ideas from both the Western and the Eastern musical traditions, he has established a compositional style that is based on the dramatic interaction of diverse musical elements deriving from these traditions. This compositional approach led him to the creation of a distinctive musical language founded on the sophisticated integration of Western contemporary compositional theories, techniques and processes with elements drawn from the musical legacy of Greece, Byzantium, the Balkans, and the Eastern Mediterranean, and with principles drawn from the ritualistic character of the ancient Greek drama.

Dr. Liaropoulos' music has been commissioned and performed by several distinguished ensembles, musical organizations, and performers that include, among others, the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Alea III Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Greek Ensemble for Contemporary Music, the Athens Megaron Concert Hall, the Louisiana Sinfonieta, the New Paths in Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Boston University Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, the Kassatt String Quartet, and the Neopolitan Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Liaropoulos currently serves as a faculty member in the Composition Department at Berklee College of Music and the Department of Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He also performs as a freelance pianist specializing in a wide repertoire that includes classical music, contemporary genres such as pop, jazz and ethnic music, as well as traditional and modern Greek music.

He is also the founder and music director of the Greek Music Ensemble, a Boston-based group that focuses on performing Greek art music as well as other ethnic music of the Eastern Mediterranean. The group aspires to promote Greek art music as part of the World Music scene. To this end, the Greek Music Ensemble specializes in performing selected genres of Greek music that have informed and shaped the history of Greek twentieth century art music. The group's approach to performance is based on a critical exploration and interpretation of the unique stylistic and technical aspects of genuine Greek music, and on a highly skilled, elaborate and inspired presentation of it that represents its true spirit and stylistic nuances.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Firstly, I try to address the individual needs of every student.

Secondly, I try to inspire in the minds of the students the creative approach, not just the approach of the performer who has to deal with a set of notes.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition

Boston University {2001}. Boston, MA U.S.A. Studied under: Lukas Foss and Theodore Antoniou.

Composition Studies

Aspen Music Festival and School {2004}. Aspen, CO U.S.A. Studied under: George Tsontakis.

Bachelors Degree in Music Studies

Concentration Areas: Musicology and Music Pedagogy. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Fine Arts, Department of Music Studies {1995}. Thessaloniki, Greece.

Degree in Composition

New Music Conservatory of Thessaloniki {1994}. Thessaloniki, Greece. Studied under: Christos Samaras.

Degree in Piano Performance

National Music Conservatory {1991}. Athens, Greece.

Degree in Fugue

National Music Conservatory {1990}. Athens, Greece.

Degree in Counterpoint

National Music Conservatory {1988}. Athens, Greece.

Degree in Harmony

National Music Conservatory {1986}. Athens, Greece.

Certificate of Graduation

University Of Crete, Dept. of Elementary Education {1987}. Rethimno, Greece.

Guitar Studies

National Music Conservatory {1982 - 1984}. Athens, Greece.

Violin Studies

National Music Conservatory {1974 - 1979 and 1986 - 1990}. Athens, Greece.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $100 for a one-hour lesson.

How did you get started teaching?

I have strarted teaching in my early twenties and I currently have more than 25 years of experience.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all different types of students, of all different ages (last year my youngest one was 8 and my oldest one was 65 years old), and of all different levels.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

At the end of every school year I organize and host a recital for my students. This year's recital was a memorable one!!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would recommend them to look for someone that has the ability to detect, understand, and address their own individual needs and priorities.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

The most fundamental question would be "why do I want to study and play music?"