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Alexis Agrafiotis - Composer

Important Greek composer, pianist and orchestra conductor of the new generation who lives permanently in Germany, with international awards and collaborations.

Born 1970 in Salzburg from Greek parents.

In Athens studies in piano at the Conservatory "Athenaeum". He continued at the "Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst" in Vienna studies in orchestral conducting with Prof. Uros Lajovic and composition with Prof. Erich Urbanner. He recieved the diplomas "magister artium" (1995 and 1996). Courses with Roland Seiffarth, Prof. Peter Eötvös and Prof. Karl Österreicher. He was assistant conductor of Gunther Schuller, Prof. Rüdiger Bohn and Hans Drewanz. He was music coach (solorepetitor) and conductor at the operas in Görlitz (1997), Lübeck (1998-2002), Contemporary Opera of Berlin (2002-2006) and Opera of Bern (2007/2008). In the years 2006 and 2007 he was principal conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Volos in Greece. He continued as music coach and conductor at the Opera fo Bielefeld from 08/09 until 10/11.
Since the season 11/12 he is engaged at the Opera of Würzburg  as head of music studies (studienleiter) and kapellmeister.

Also he was lecturer at the Music Academies (Musikhochschulen) in Weimar and Bremen from 04 to 06 and again from winter 07 until summer 11.

As guest conductor he worked with the following orchestras: Tonkünstler Vienna, Symphonie Orchestra of Karlovy Vary (Czeque Rep.), Philharmonic Orchestra of Györ (Hungary), Prussian Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestras of Lübeck and  Ulm. He is currently guest conductor of all major orchestras in Greece: State Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki, Radio Orchestra of Athens and National Opera of Athens (productions of Puccini: Madama Buterfly and Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia)

He conducted concerts with the Ensemble for contemporary music of the HdK Bern, the German-Polish Ensemble of the German Music Council, the Greek Ensemble for Contemporary Music and the Sisifos Ensemble Berlin.

As pianist soloist he played concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, A.Scriabine, R. Strauss (Burleske). He conducted the piano concertos of Schumann and Honegger (Concertino) by the piano. He is also active as accompanist.

Amongst his compositions are chamber music (quintets for wood winds and brass, music for violoncello and 7 players, string quartet [3rd price in Dragatakis Competiton, Athens],  “Erinnerung II" for ensemble), vocal music (song cycles after poetry of Paul Celan, Manolis Anagnostakis and Amal Al-Jubouri, and choir a-capella pieces after poetry of Elke Erb and Christian Filips), works for orchestra (piano concerto [commissioned by radio athens], chamber concerto for piano and 12 players [commissioned by megaron mousikis of athens], 5 greek dances and symphony in one mouvement) and incidental music. 

He attended in 2004 the summer courses of contemporary music in Darmsatdt. In Baden Baden he was invited in 2006 for a stay at the "House of Brahms".

Since 1996 he is member of the Greek Composers Union.

Since 2019 the composer is represented by MUSICENTRY


Deus Thinan (2004)

5 Greek dances for orchestra (2000)

Symphony in one movement (1999)

Piano concerto 1st version (1994)

Piano concerto 2nd version (1996)



"Erinnerung II" for ensemble (2008)

Music for voice and 7 players (2000)

Chamber concerto for piano and 12 players (1995)



Salve Regina for four-part children’s choir (2009)

"Wohnzimmer" for Mixed Choir (2006) [Elke Erb]

"In orientes brand" for mixed choir (2006) [Christian Fillips]

Metavasis for 2 mixed choirs (2005) [David Rokeah/ Amal al-Jubouri]



3 Mexican songs for countertenor and harpsichord (2018) [Nezahualcoyotl/ David Huerta]

4 Songs for bass and ob, cl, vc, db (2014) [Dimitris Agrafiotis]

4 Songs for tenor, cl and string quartet (2012) [Dimitra Ch. Christodoulou]

4 Songs for soprano and piano (2010) [Kim Chi-Ha]

2 Songs for baritone and piano (2008) [Amal Al-Jubouri]

"Zeit" for 6 vocal soloists (2008) [Elke Erb]

5 Songs for tenor and piano (2002) [Paul Celan]

3 Songs for mezzosoprano and piano (1993) [Manolis Anagnostakis]

Das Testament des Don Quijote (2020) Lieder für Bass, Bariton und Cembalo/Klavier



String quartet 1st version (2004)

String quartet 2nd version (2006)

“Improvisation”: trio for vc, fl, pno (2004)

8 Etudes for solo violin (2003)

Woodwind quintet "Medievalus" (1996)

Duo for ob and fr. Hr  (1995)

Brass quintet (1994)

"Jeux" for vc and pno (1993)



"Erinnerung I" for two pianos (2007)

Cadenza for piano conc. No.3 (Beethoven) (1990)

Suite for piano (1986-90)



LORTZING: “Undine” for 11 Instrumentalists (2003) (Arrangement of the Opera)

PAPAIOANNOU: 11 Songs of the lake (2001) (Instrumentation)

SCHWITTERS: “Ursonate” for 3 speakers and 1 musician(2000) (Arrangement)



Visions. Music for Violin + Costas Anastasopoulos (contains “8 Etudes for Solo violin”)

Amicme Classical 5200106770059 (2004)


4/12/2022 in Helmstedt 

Zwei Intermezzi for small orchestra

Staatsorchester Braunschweig

Orchestra Director: Alexis Agrafiotis


7/5/2022 in Staatstheater Braunschweig, Louis-Spohr-Saal

Erinnerung I for 2 pianos 4 hands (World premiere)

piano 1: Annika Mollat    piano 2: Alexis Agrafiotis


29/5/2023 in Staatstheater Braunschweig, Kleines Haus

Das Testament des Don Quijote. Lieder für Bass, Bariton und Cembalo/Klavier (World premiere)

Baritone: Zachariah N. Kariithi

Bass: Jisang Ryu

Piano and harpsichord : Alexis Agrafiotis

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