M° Panagiotis Diamantis

He was born in Thessaloniki, where he studied the piano, higher music theory and composition. He then followed studies of orchestral conducting at the National University of Music Bucharest (Universitatea Naţională de Muzică Bucureşti, UNMB) in Rumania, with the internationally renowned conductor Iosif Conta, of whom he became the first assistant.

He graduated from the university’s equivalent master’s degree program, of professors H. Andreescu and N. Brancusi. He has been accepted into the PhD program of the same University by professor N. Brindus with a thesis entitled Modern Greek Music.

He has cooperated with some of the most important symphony orchestras of Greece and of Europe, having developed a significantly rich repertoire and received great critical acclaim. He has toured in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Spain and Belgium. Leading soloists have performed with him, among whom Ruha, Cazacu, Licaret, Balzani, Petrescu, Forniaciarri, D. Evnouhidou, N. Astrinidis, Chr. Galileas, M. Asteriadou, G. E. Lazaridis, etc.

In Greece he has conducted the Athens State Orchestra as well as the City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra. He cooperates with “Megaron” Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls and with the International Festival “Dimitria”.

Concerning his career abroad, he has cooperated with the greatest symphony orchestras and lyric theaters of Rumania: the famous Orchestra “George Enescu” of Bucharest, the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio Chamber Orchestra Bucharest, the Romanian National Opera, the Philharmonic Orchestras of the cities Graiova, Arad, Timisoara, Ploiesti, Cluj, Brasov, Constanta, Bacau, Iasi. Furthermore he has cooperated with the National symphony orchestra of Chisinau of the Republic of Moldova, the symphony orchestras of the cities of Vidin and Pazardik of Bulgaria and Kharkov symphony orchestra of Ukraine. Since 1997 he has been honorary guest conductor of the Bacau Orchestra of Rumania. During the artistic season 2000-2004 he has been permanent guest conductor of the chamber Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi and he has cooperated with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Grossetto & Lecco in Italy. Since 2005 he has been conducting the greatly promising Balkan Symphony Orchestra, with which ever since he has been recording and touring every year within the frame of the International Festival of “Lago di Como” in Italy. Since 2015 is guest conductor of Symphony orchestra of Roma, Palermo & San Remo in Italy and Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea.

Since 2010 he permanently cooperates with the renowned Smetana Hall of Prague as well as with the most important Czech orchestras. The milestones of his up-to-date career have been his performance, in February 2011, at the famous Viennese Music Association Golden Hall (Musikverein Goldener Saal) with Zlin’s Philarmonic Orchestra “Bohuslav Martinu”, as well as the New Year’s concert of 2012 in Prague at the renowned hall Dvorak Hall – Rudolfinum with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and in February 2015 the Berlin Symphony Orchestra at the famous hall of Berliner’s Philharmonic.

Among his future performances other great international music centers and festivals and he has regular guest engagements across Europe and Asia.

He participates as a selection committee member in international contests in Greece, Italy, Rumania, and Germany.

He has long educational experience as a teacher and as a director in various Conservatories of Thessaloniki. He has established the Conservatory of Ano Poli of Thessaloniki which he directs.