George Tsontakis, a great Greek composer

Music Portraits

On January 14th, 2019, the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra and the Athens Concert Hall organized a tribute to George Tsontakis, a great Greek-American composer from Crete, who was born in Astoria. Tsontakis was twice nominated for Grammy Awards and won several important composing competitions.

Tsontakis’ “Unfogettable”, a concerto for two violins and orchestra was performed for the first time in Greece, along with his “Clair de lune”. The concert also included pieces by Nikos Skalkottas: the ballet-music “The pagans”, three pieces from the folk ballet “The Sea”, and orchestra arrangements of two harpsichord sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti.

The conductor was Nikos Tsouchlos and the two soloists were Apollon Grammatikopoulos and Panagiotis Tziotis. All three collaborated for the first time with the Athens Philharmonia.
-Nikos Skalkottas: The pagans
-George Tsontakis: Unforgettable, concerto for two violins
-Domenico Scarlatti: Two sonates (orchestrated by Nikos Skalkottas)
-George Tsontakis: Clair de lune
-Nikos Skalkottas: Three pieces from “The sea”, in the composer’s arrangement for small orchestra

Apollon Grammatikopoulos, violin
Panagiotis Tziotis, violin
Conductor: Nikos Tsouchlos
Athens Philharmonia Orchestra

Athens Concert Hall
Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall
Monday 14 January 2019