Workshop Info

The technique of the violin as a whole.

The approach to works of a different era.

The creation of the personal interpretation.

The musician-audience relationship.

Chamber music ensamble.


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The truly outstanding Andreas Papanikolaou is widely regarded as one of the leading violinists of his generation to have emerged from his native Greece” -says Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion, UK.

Andreas was born in Thessaloniki in 1982 where he begun his violin lessons at the age of 6 at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki. He received his Performer’s Diploma with Prof. Irina Dragneva before being awarded his Bachelor of Music in performance at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Prof. Taras Gabora, marked by prize-winning successes at the Elsje De Ridder Armstrong Competition, Kay Meek Soloists and The Friends of Chamber Music Competition in Canada among others.

Earlier in his career, Andreas worked with such distinguished violinists as Valery Oistrakh, Robert Rozek, Gilles Apap, Ara Malikian, Pedro Cortinas, Kosmas Galileas, Karen Turpie, Gwen Thompson, Sidney Harth, Stelios Kafantaris.

As a dedicated chamber musician, Andreas was a founder-member of the Emilios Riadis String Quartet and Pantum Piano Trio, as well as the Thessaloniki String Soloists, regularly appearing in music festivals in Greece and throughout Europe. He is often invited to teach, coach and perform as a soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber music concerts.

Andreas has performed as a soloist with all major Greek symphony orchestras among others, collaborating with acclaimed conductors such as Martin Lebel, Christof Poppen, Michael Charry, Antony Walker, Mihkel Kutson, Sydney Harth, Vladimiros Symeonidis, Viron Fidetzis and Stefanos Tsialis. He has served as Concertmaster at the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and the Thessaloniki String Soloists. Andreas is also founder of Animus, a non-profit organization in Greece which has given concerts for UNICEF and Medecins sans Frontieres.

He was a permanent member of the first violins of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra until being appointed to the Principal – Leader position of the TSSO.

He currently teaches at the University of Macedonia – Masters of Violin and the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki where his students have been notably successful in numerous international competitions.

He plays on a violin by Federico Goldnagl made in 1979 in Vienna.