Yiannis Hadjiloizou

Yiannis Hadjiloizou

Conductor

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«Star quality»
The Cyprus "truth" (2017)
«A person of the highest humanity, artistic sensitivity, and integrity. A leader of men. A bright beacon of light in the night sky.»
- Franz Anton Krager, Conductor (2017)
«the perfect conducting»
Joshua rifkin, conductor-musicologist (2017)

Bio

Yiannis Hadjiloizou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. He took his first Piano lessons with his father Michael - composer of the first Cypriot Opera Eleftheria. He graduated from the Cyprus Academy of Music and the studio of its founder, Ms Despo Frangakou-Hadjiloizou (synonymy), with a Professional Diploma in Piano Performance & Pedagogy and another in Harmony.
After a ten year stay in the United States of America he returned to Cyprus having pursued a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, a Master of Music in Piano Performance, and an M.M. in Combined Choral and Orchestral Conducting from the American Conservatory of Music, a B.M. in Theory and M.M. in Musicology from Roosevelt University, an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from Boston University.
His mentors include Composers and Conductors Michael Hadjiloizou, Nicolaos Astrinidis, Michael Ruiz, Lucas Foss, and Theodore Antoniou.
He has performed as Conductor and/or Pianist throughout Europe, Middle East, China, South Africa, Canada, Russia, USA, whilst in 2012 his was honoured as Representative Artist of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union with concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Adelaide, Australia.
He received special praise for his 2005 debut with contemporary ensemble ALEAIII and the historic Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, and has performed as Pianist for five different Presidents of the Republic of Cyprus at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia. 
As a Composer, his Music has been performed worldwide in such venues as Vienna’s Musikverein, and has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, Festival de Cannes, and Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. In 2007, he received a commission by the then Laiki Bank to compose his Le Valse de l’ Amour, which replaced Carl Orff’s O Fortuna as soundtrack of the Radiomarathon, and received its world premier by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra during the monumental Cyprus Peace Concert 1at the Terminal of the Nicosia International Airport, celebrating International Day of Peace on September 16, 2010. The year before, he was commissioned to compose the Music for the opening of the New Larnaca Airport. His latest commission comes from English outdoor spectacles company Walk The Plank and Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture for the city's main summer event Eternal Voyages at the Pafos Castle. Other commissions include Music for Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the United Nations, and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. 
His 2012 live recording of Mozart’s Requiem has been included as soundtrack for the 2015 feature film Bereave. He is the only Artist to have performed at all of Cyprus’ most prestigious venues - Kourion Ancient Amphitheatre, Pafos Ancient Odeon, Pafos Medieval Castle, Larnaca Castle, Nicosia Municipal Theatre, Queen Victoria Gardens, Ayia Napa Square, Rialto Theatre Limassol, Pallas Theatre Nicosia, American Embassy, European Commission, Cyprus Archbishopric, Anassa Hotel, Presidential Palace, etc - and has been featured at Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture as Conductor and Pianist on numerous occasions.
He founded the Chicago Conservatory Camerata (1999), Norman Civic Orchestra (Oklahoma, 2002), Boston Chance Orchestra & Chorus (2006), and Cyprus National Opera (2008). He held the post of Classical Music Producer for the 1st Channel of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation for eight years, and has served as Lecturer of Music at European University Cyprus, Guest Lecturer at Berklee College of Music and Vienna Konservatorium, Associate Conductor at Oklahoma University, and Assistant Conductor at Boston Opera Institute. 
He is now in his 10th season as Guest Conductor with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of its Outreach, Educational, and Family Programs. He was appointed Manager & Artistic Director of the Orphean Singers Cyprus in 2012. He is also the President & Artistic Director of the Cyprus Academy of Music (Established 1956) since 1999.
Although his academic qualifications are all in Classical Music, his rich and vast knowledge and charismatic personality alongside his strong leadership qualities and international network and recognition allowed him to successfully manage both the administration and artistic work of the Cyprus Academy of Music since he took over in 1999. He has significantly developed the social outreach program of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.
He is the founder of the Hadjiloizou Benevolent Foundation for the Arts Culture & Peace, through which he has established and maintained excellent bonds of collaboration through non-profit projects with such organisations as the United Nations, UNICEF, the European Commission, the US Department of State, Red Cross, Rotary International, the A.G. Leventis Gallery and the George Paraskevaides Residence, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, Mayors, renowned personalities of the Arts, Letters, Business, and Philanthropy. 
A unique visionary, Yiannis is also the creator and manager of Academy 32 - Music Wine Art since 2010, a wine bar and platform for cultural exchange through Music, Visual Arts, and Wine for which he has secured funding from both state and private sectors, where he exhibits the Music, Art, and Wine of dozens of countries through his close relations with Foreign Embassies. His long experience and expertise, professional and methodical attitude, excellent communication and interpersonal skills both written and verbal, and his ability to multitask and organise, create momentum and attract funds, as well as foresee and deliver under pressure have made him a favourite amongst elite circles.
Yiannis Hadjiloizou is the only Cypriot Conductor to have been honoured with an invitation to direct the Oster Sontag Nacht Konzert at Vienna’s renowned St. Stephen’s Cathedral on April 5, 2015, which followed a special performance at Église de la Madeleine in Paris and another at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia in 2016. He has also been honourably invited to represent Cyprus both as conductor and composer at Filarmonica Oltenia Craiova’s Europa Season 2015, and in 2016 he was honoured as Ambassador of Red Cross Cyprus. On July 1, 2017 he led the 60th Anniversary Concert of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (PIK), conducting the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Choir of Diastasis Cultural Association, and Guest Star Eleftheria Arvanitaki.
He has produced numerous Artistic and Cultural events, such as the Opening Ceremony of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union at Nicosia’s Municipal Palace, the Cyprus Peace Concert, the first complete performance of an Opera by a Cypriot Composer staged by Cypriot Artists at Nicosia Municipal Theatre in 2007, Music in the Park at Nicosia Municipal Gardens, the Nicosia Music Festival, and other special projects in 5 Continents.
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