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ZANNAS SAVVAS

 

He studied advanced music theory at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. He continued his studies at the Music Academy in Munich (1972-1976), graduated with honors from the class of percussion and drums of Hans Chailtsl. As a percussion soloist he performed with the Athens State Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of ERT and the Camerata Orchestra of Friends of Music. He has performed works by Greek and foreign composers in Greece and abroad.

Since 1976 he has been a member of the Symphony Orchestra of ERT. He was professor of percussion at the National Conservatory of Athens and at the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata where he organized the Student Orchestra of the Conservatory. He was a member of the Board of the Greek Composers Union (GCU) and representative of the STM in the artistic committee of the chamber orchestra "The Soloists of Patra".

Savvas Zannas began composing in 1969.

His work has been performed by the Athens State Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of ERT, from chamber music ensembles and well known Greek soloists. His symphonic work Retrogrades received its world premiere in 1987 by the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, under the direction of the conductor Alexander Symeonidi. In 1995 and 1996 the Patra's Soloists String Orchestra performed two of his symphonic works in world premiere.

In 1990, after the commission of the Athens Concert Hall, he composed music for D. W. Griffith's silent film Broken Blossoms (1919)

In 1993,  commissioned by the Athens State Orchestra,his composition the symphonic Carols was presented for the Inauguration of the organ at the Athens Concert Hall (23 and 27. 12. 1993).

In April 1994 the National Symphony Orchestra of ERT ,under the conductor Alkis Baltas and soloist Dimitris Marinakis, presented the Concerto for percussion and orchestra at the Athens Concert Hall.

In 1994 he also participated with his work, commissioned by the Athens Concert Hall, at the opening ceremony for the celebration of 100 years of cinematography.

His concerto for piano and orchestra, composed in 1993 by order of the Association of Friends of Music, was presented on 11. 5. 1996 at the European Festival Orchestra at the Athens Concert Hall, by the State Symphony Orchestra Tchaikovsky of Moscow, with soloist Elizabeth Kounalaki under the direction of Vladimir Fentoseief.

On the 19th of April 2007 the National Symphony Orchestra of ERT presented the Concerto for violin No.1 and String Orchestra at the Athens Concert Hall ,under the conductor Vladimiros Symeonidis and solo violin  Stella Tsani.

His compositions have been performed  by Greek,European and American orchestras and soloists,in Greece,Russia,Germany,Bulgaria,France,Canada,USA etc.

A particularly important part of his work includes 40 compositions of chamber music (10 string quartets, trios, quintets, septets, nonets, etc.).

The 5th string quartet has been awarded in the composition contest of G. A. Papaioannou in Athens. Some of his other works include the Rhapsody for clarinet and string orchestra, Concerto for violin and string orchestra, Suite for two guitars and string orchestra, Suite for 3 guitars and string orchestra, Concerto for Orchestra, Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra, Concerto for Bassoon and String Orchestra, Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra, Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra, Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra, Concerto for Trombone and String Orchestra, Concerto for Tuba No1&2 and String Orchestra, Concerto for Timpani and String Orchestra, Violin Concerto No. 2 & 3 and String Orchestra, Concerto for Viola No1 & 2 and String Orchestra, Concerto for double bass no1 & 2 and string orchestra, Concerto for Piano No1 & 2 and String Orchestra, Concerto for Cello No 1 & 2 and String Orchestra, Concerto for Viola and Violin for one soloist and string orchestra, Concerto for English Horn and String Orchestra, as well as pieces for solo piano, violin, guitar, flute, oboe, etc. He has collaborated with Manos Hadjidakis, Nikos Mamagakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Elias Andriopoulos, Dionysis Tsaknis and Panagiotis Kostantakopoulos.His work is issued by the publishing house "Papagrigoriou-Nakas".


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