Alexis Karaiskakis Nastos | Cellist

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Biography

Alexis Karaiskakis is one of the most promising cellists of a new emerging generation of Greek musicians. Based in Athens Alexis is an active soloist and chamber musician giving concerts in important venues throughout Europe. He is a founding member of the piano trio “el Greco” and plays on a regular basis with the Kamerata-Armonia Atenea -Athens based chamber orchestra- and the the Ensemble KYKLOS.

Deeply concerned about historically informed interpretation he performs with equal enthusiasm and ease on period and modern instruments. He has won two first prizes at the National Violoncello Competition of the Ministry of Education of Greece, as well as the prize of “Best new artist of the year” from the Greek Association of Theater and Music Critics (2011). He has graduated with distinction from the Conservatoire National de Region de Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris (classes of Xavier Gagnepain, Raphael Chretien, Hortense Cartier-Bresson – first prize for violoncello and chamber music) and continued at the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich (class of Roel Dieltiens – BA and MA degrees).

Throughout his musical education he has encountered and been tutored by eminent personalities of the cello community such as Anner Bylsma, Philippe Müller and Jérôme Pernoo. He teaches violoncello, baroque cello and chamber music at Filippos Nakas Conservatory.

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Upcoming events

 

Alexis joins the N.G.O orchestra for Straus's Electra

Greek National Opera inaugurates the new chapter in its history at its new facilities at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center with an ambitious venture, having chosen an insuperable operatic masterpiece with a Greek storyline as its first work; none other than Richard Strauss’ Elektrabased on the tragedy of that name by Sophocles.Elektra has been dubbed one of the most important, yet also most demanding, 20th century operas. Staging the work is a major challenge for the Greek National Opera and its musical ensembles because the particularly complex score, in which Strauss pushes expressionistic delivery to the limits, almost touching upon tonality, requires around 110 musical instruments. Strauss’ Elektra has never before been performed by the Greek National Opera. The symbolism operates on many levels, since a work with a Greek theme has been chosen, inspired by the myth of the house of Atreus, which will play a major role in the Greek National Opera’s overall program for the next 3 years, but is also a 20th century work since one of the Greek National Opera’s intentions is to demonstrate that opera, the lyric art, and musical theater did not come to an end in the 19th century. The production also marks the first collaboration between the Greek National Opera and world class Greek contralto Agnes Baltsa, who will star as Klytemnestra in all performances, which will be directed by the international Greek director and set designer Yannis Kokkos, and conducted by the internationally acclaimed conductor Vassilis Christopoulos. The acclaimed German soprano Sabine Hogrefe stars in the title role. Renowned Greek baritone Dimitris Tiliakos will be debuting in the role of Orestis.

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Dante devine comedy with the Vasistas theatre troope at Demetria festival Thessaloniki

After 12 consecutive successful presentations of Dante’s Devine Comedy at the Onassis cultural foundation in Athens, The work will be performed at the 52nd Demetria festival in Thessaloniki.     info and tickets

 

Chamber music recital at Philippos Nakas Conservatory with trio el Greco featuring works by Dvořák and Schubert

December 1st | Philippos Nakas Conservatory  | 20:30 | Ippokratous 41 Greece | infoand tickets

Chamber music recital at Avgo Thessalonik with trio el Greco featuring works by Dvořák and Schubert

December 3rd |Avgo Thessaloniki | 20:30 | Valaoritou 4 Thessaloniki Greece | infoand tickets

Chamber music recital at the National Radio with trio el Greco featuring works by Beethoven and Schubert

January 9th 2018 15:00 | National Greek Radio Studio | 90.9 FM frequency | info and tickets 

Recent events

Recital with Staphanos Thomopoulos at Bellonias foundation Santorini featuring works by Schostakovitch, Debussy and Prokofiev

September 9th 2107 | Bellonias foundation Fira Santorini | 20:00  info and tickets 

 

Athens and Epidavros Festival Alexis joins the Athens Camerata/Armonia Atenea Peace-Aristophanes

Konstantinos Arvanitakis / National Theatre of Greece Peace-Aristophanes. A musical performance, with music by Nikos Kypourgos. With the participation of Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra, conducted by George Petrou, English surtitles  Info: greekfestival.gr/ 21/22 July Epidavros Ancient Thatre info and tickets

 

Alexis joins the Kamerata| Armonia Atenea for the musical Sweeny Todd

In its third annual musical production, the Armonia Atenea – The Friends of Music Orchestra and George Petrou will once again astonish the audiences of Athens Festival with a musical that has been considered by critics as the best thing to come out of Broadway in years. The musical thriller Sweeney Todd, with music and lyrics by the living legend of the American musical theatre, Stephen Sondheim and text by Hugh Wheeler, was first presented in 1979, sweeping that year’s Tony Awards. This impressive Sweeney Todd production will feature a cast of 26, including popular actors and opera singers, along with a symphonic orchestra ensemble of 35. The play is set in bleak 19th-century London. A blackly funny story that is a parable for the darkest aspects of humanity and society. info and tickets

Alexis joins the Kamerata| Armonia Atenea at the Ochrid Summer festival
P.I.Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the Broward Symphony Orchestra and Z.Zeniodi

8/04/2017
20:00
3501 Davie Rd Davie FL us 33314
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Chamber music concert at the Onassis cultural center

6/02/2017

Small stage, Onassis cultural center

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Chamber music concert at the Onassis cultural center featuring the Schostakovitch piano quintet with G.Mandilas, F.Miliadis, K.Gaitanou and N.Mousoura.

Chamber music concert at the National Opera of Greece foyer with the “trio el Greco”

22/01/2017

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Chamber music concert at the National Opera of Greece foyer with the “trio el Greco” featuring the complete op.1 trios by L.v.Beethoven .

Radio interview at the show 'Partitoures'

On the occasion of two concerts of El Greco trio with the program ‘opus 1’ of Beethoven (20 and 22 January), Alexis Karaiskakis Nastos and Theodoros Iosifidis discuss with Lilly Karatzaferis and select exciting music.

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