Michalis Patseas

Michalis Patseas

Michalis Patseas

Conductor, music-pedagogue and musicologist. Director of the Kodály Conservatory – Greek Kodály Institute. President of the Union of Greek Private Conservatories. Immediate past President of the International Kodály Society. Vice-President of the Greek Kodály Society. Honorary member of the Hungarian Kodály Society. Former Executive-Secretary of the Hellenic Choir’s Association. Invited member at the Friends of Hungary Foundation.

He conducts choirs and orchestral ensembles. He collaborates with many internationaly acclaimed Symphony Orchestras (including Deutsches Symphonie Berlin, Capella Istropolitana Bratislava, London Symphony,  Danish Radio and all the S.O. of Athens), Choirs and Theaters. He is invited as president / member of jury at International Choral Festivals and Competitions (including the Béla Bartók ICC, Debrecen). He was the first conductor of the Greek Radio Children’s choir.

He has taken part in music congresses in 14 countries as an invited lecturer. He teaches conducting, music pedagogy and singing at International Seminars and at Universities in Hungary, Switzerland, China, Mexico, Cyprus and at the Music Departments of the Athens and the Ionian Universities.

He is the recepient of many awards, including the Pro Cultura Hungarica and the A Kodály Intézétre and he is decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic (2003) by the Hungarian President.

He studied choir and orchestra conducting, composition, singing and Byzantine church music at the National Conservatory of Athens, the Vienna University of Music, and at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. He graduated from the latter with an Advanced Diploma of Post Graduate studies in Music Pedagogy and Choir Conducting with Peter Erdei as his professor. He is also a graduate of the Department of Law and a PHD candidate at the Music Department of the Athens University.