George Petrou

George Petrou is one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation as well as a leading Baroque specialist. For many years he has been Artistic Director of the renowned Armonia Atenea Orchestra and the Greek Radio National Symphony Orchestra. Born in Greece, he studied at the Athens Conservatoire, the Royal College and the Royal Academy of Music in London and began his career as a pianist in a piano duo with Christos Papageorgiu. For many years he has been Artistic Director of the renowned orchestra Armonia Atenea in Athens, with which he performs worldwide – with both historical and modern instruments.

In addition to his conducting activities, he is also active as a director of opera productions and successfully gives guest performances at major opera houses such as the Leipzig Opera, the Théâtre de Capitole du Toulouse, the Opéra national du Rhin, the Opéra de Nice, the Theater an der Wien, the Opéra de Lausanne, the Korea National Opera, the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Opéra royal du château de Versailles, the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm and the Greek National Opera.

He appears regularly with renowned orchestras at important festivals, including the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, the BBC Proms, the Clare Festival in Brussels, and the Handel Festivals in Halle and Karlsruhe.

His broad repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music. In recent years he has conducted Hasse’s Siroé in Budapest, Krakow, Lausanne, Wiesbaden, Moscow, Vienna and at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Die Zauberflöte at the Greek National Opera, La Cenerentola and L’italiana in Algeri in Trieste, Medea in Nice, Handel’s Scipione at the Handel Festival in Halle, Bernstein’s West Side Story in Athens, Orfeo ed Euridice in St. Gallen, La gazza ladra at the Teatro Petruzzelli, Vivaldi’s Orlando finto pazzo in Seoul, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in Athens, Handel’s Ottone, re di Germania and Zingarelli’s Giulietta e Romeo at the Theater an der Wien, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Greek National Opera, La donna del lagoin Lausanne, Zagreb and Wiesbaden, La traviata in Toulouse and Serse in Karlsruhe.

George Petrou has worked for renowned record companies such as Deutsche Grammophon, DECCA and MDG. His recordings have received numerous awards, including the prestigious Echo Klassik in 2008 for his recording of Handel’s Tamerlano and “Recording of the Year” for Handel’s Alessandro at the International Opera Awards. The recording of Handel’s Ottone, re di Germania was nominated for a Grammy in the category “Best Opera recording”.

In addition, George Petrou was honored as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London (ARAM) and received the title “Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” from the French government. Since the 2021/22 season he serves as Artistic Director of the International Handel Festival in Göttingen. George Petrou made his debut at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival in 2020 with Carlo il Calvo.

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