Swiss conductor of Greek origin, Georgios Balatsinos, has been appointed as the new Chief Conductor of the Orchestra of SNE Theater in Bautzen, Germany in the 2022/23 season. Since 2015 he has been Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Kammerphilharmonie Berner Oberland, Switzerland and since 2010 Musical Director and conductor of the youth symphony orchestra Arabesque,Switzerland.
He has conducted in prestigious Festivals and halls such as in Athens Festival, Norma/Greek National Opera in 2019, S. Niarchos Concert Hall, Greek National Opera in 2018-2019, Athens Megaron concert Hall, Athens State Orchestra, in 2017-2020, Berliner Philarmonic hall, Berliner Symphoniker in 2016, Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus Wien in 2015 and many others.
Georgios has collaborated with artists such as Carmen Giannattasio, Dimitris Tiliakos, Kyrill Trousov, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Christina Poulitsi, Wolfgang Boettcher, Nobuko Imai, Armin Bachmann, Francesco Nicolosi. He has also conducted orchestras all over Europe: in his home country, Greece, the Greek National Opera, Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Greek National Radio Orchestra, City of Athens Symphony Orchestra and in other countries Berlin Symphony Orchestra (Germany), National Arts Orchestra (Canada), Wuppertal Opera (Germany), Sanremo Symphony Orchestra (Italy), Meiningen Hofkapella (Germany), Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz (Germany), Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice (France), Moscow Philharmonic (Russia) Novosibirsk Philarmonic (Rusia) to name a few, as well as in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria or Lithuania.
He enjoyed extensive training in violin, viola, composition and conducting (Ralf Weikert, Vittorio Parisi) at the music academies in Detmold, Geneva, Bern, Lucerne and Milan.
He is winner of several international conducting competitions, for example in Bucarest (2018), Belgrad (2019), Brescia (2018) and Berlin (2016). As an active student, Georgios Balatsinos took part in numerous international masterclasses with D. Zinman, P. Eötvös, G. Rozhdestvensky, G. Gelmetti, M.Jurowski, N. Järvi and Johannes Schlaefi. He is also a finalist of the 15th conductor workshop “Interaktion” of the Critical Orchestra in Berlin with leading musicians from Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin and Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, amongst others.
“Quant au chef grec Georgios Balatsinos, il ne prend pas Bellini à la légère… ce dont on lui sait le plus grand gré ! Son accompagnement est d’une extrême précision rythmique, et le délicat équilibre entre les vents et les cordes, notamment, est réalisé avec une grande maestria”
E. Andreu, Operaonline
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