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Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Greece.


The Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Greece was formed in March 2013, by Soloist - Conductor and Teacher of Comparative Musicology, Michalis A. Chatzianastassiou, and it is, officially, one of the first and few symphonic ensembles worldwide, which specializes in a modern Harmony repertoire, in the form of original transcriptions and orchestrations by its Artistic Director and Conductor. It is under the auspices of the Culture Republic of Thessaloniki, and the kind courtesy of the educational group of the Conservatory of Northern Greece. The objective of the orchestra and its instigator is to disseminate and promote the musical theoretical system and repertoire of this specific music genre, on the one hand, and on the other hand, to support and promote new composers and their works on relevant musical forms, regardless of nationality. Permanent members (honoris causa) of the orchestra are several world renowned and recognized soloists, such as: Kostas Anastasiadis (Drummer - percussionist), Petros Dragoumis (Bassist - Theorist), Theofilos Sotiriadis (Teaches at the University of Macedonia - Saxophone Soloist), Dimitris Stefanidis (Teaches Advanced Theory), Pavlos Dimitriadis (Piano soloist – Teaches at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki) Since 2013 to this day, the Orchestra has performed dozens of concerts and performances in big cultural institutional events and Festivals under the auspices of major government and non-government organizations, such as the following: Ministry of Culture and Sports, Ministry of Education, Municipality of Thessaloniki, Municipality of Kalamaria, Municipality of Kastoria, Municipality of Polygyros, YMCA of Thessaloniki, Region of Central Macedonia, Conservatory of Northern Greece, Culture Republic, M.A.Z.I. Charity Organization, Maria Callas Greek Society of Athens, House of Letters and Arts – Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Ministry of Development, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), "Andreas Voutsinas" Higher Drama School, National Theatre of Northern Greece, etc. Artistic Director - Conductor: Michalis A. Chatzianastassiou. Artistic Direction Consultant: Christos Digkas.


REVIEWS. Indicatively, you can find listed below some of the reviews that have been published in the media, about the Orchestra's highly successful concerts and performances.

ert.gr ... Standing ovation for the distinguished Master Musician and Teacher, Michalis Chatzianastassiou, conducting the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Greece inside a packed Aristoteleion Theater of Thessaloniki, amidst a full round of applause.

Thinkfree.gr ... The 55-member symphonic orchestra was well tuned and gave another tone to the evening", I. Kifonidis said. Indeed, the symphonic orchestra, conducted by Michalis Chatzianastassiou, gave a tone of a foreign event.

Kalliopi Stasinopoulou (Arts and events reviewer). ... Full marks to the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Greece - under the auspices of of the Conservatory of Northern Greece - and full respect to the conductor/founder and distinguished guitar soloist, Michalis Chatzianastassiou, along with his fascinating "theatrical" aura!

Ioannis Tsiroglou. ... to say "thank you" is not enough for the outstanding performance of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra of Northern Greece; those extraordinary kids, and your majestic overall performance, as I would describe it, as a great conductor, in Aristoteleion last evening. The only conclusion one can draw is this: We can't get enough of you, neither has the city had the opportunity to become widely familiar with the diamond called "Symphonic Jazz Orchestra of Northern Greece". "K" will stand by you, whenever you need it. I would like to thank you once again.

Veroianet.gr ... Michalis Chatzianastassiou; a "Mozart" from another era, at the helm of the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Greece.

Kulturosoupa.gr ... Michalis Chatzianastassiou. An artist with a CV to be envied by many similar artists, since one diploma follows the other, and one distinction the other, while his professional activities expand over the entire spectrum of the broader field of music.

Thessaloniki Theatre Awards (Press office). ... last evening, during the 6th Thessaloniki Theatre Awards, the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Greece, conducted by Michalis Chatzianastassiou, AMAZED everyone. WE WOULD LIKE TO KINDLY THANK THEM.

Volcano magazine. ... Michalis Chatzianastassiou. An extremely talented artist!!! We are proud of him being Greek!!!

THESSCULTURE_NEWS. ... An art genious; an activist and heretic artist at the helm of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra of Northern Greece. Ladies and Gentlemen, Soloist and Conductor Michalis Chatzianastassiou writes his own history, leaving now his clear mark, as cultural and musical heritage to this city.



Thessalonikicityguide.gr ... A Greek conductor of special importance.

ΕRΤ3 - Culture. ... Conducted by the distinguished conductor, Michalis Chatzianastassiou, the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Greece made an impression at the 42nd International Fur Fair of Kastoria.

"Dimokratia" newspaper ... Today, the distinguished Master Musician and Conductor, Michalis Chatzianastassiou, took us to Jazz magic paths, conducting the Symphonic Orchestra at the "Avlaia" theatre.

THEMA.gr … Perhaps one of the most monumental concerts of the last few years took place yesterday, on the 8th of November, at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, on the occasion of 40 years since the death of the great opera diva, Maria Callas. A packed hall paid tribute with continuous "Encore!" to the distinguished Master Musician and Conductor, Michalis Chatzianastassiou, at the podium of the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Greece, with soloist soprano Ismene Giannaki in works of: Rossini, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Ponchielli & Bizet.

Thessbomb.gr ... Yesterday, the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Greece made an impression at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, with the cooperation of the big choir of the Greek Society for Music Education (Ε.Ε.Μ.Ε.),under the artistic direction of the distinguished Greek Conductor, Michalis Chatzianastassiou.