Alkinoos Ioannidis

Alkinoos Ioannidis was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. He studied classical guitar at the European Conservatory and in 1989 moved to Athens, Greece. He spent the next three years studying theatre at the National Theatre Drama School and philosophy at Athens University. In 1993 he signed to Universal Music.

As a singer-songwriter he has released eleven solo albums, most of which have gone gold or platinum. As a guest singer, he has performed on more than 40 albums with various artists. He has also written songs, arranged and produced albums for other artists, as well as music for dance and theater, while his symphonic work is often performed by orchestras in Greece and abroad. His influences range from traditional Cypriot music, Greek composers of the last decades, Byzantine, Classical and Rock.

When performing his work, he either heads a band whose members include some of the best Greek soloists, or strips it right back to a solo multi-instrumental performance. He performs up to 100 concerts per year at venues ranging from huge open-air theatres or music halls to small clubs and from Ancient Greek amphitheatres to modern rock stages. In his constantly evolving live performances, he combines electric music with chamber orchestras and rock bands with choirs, chamber orchestras and live looping, in a musical environment with rock, jazz, classical, Greek and Middle Eastern influences.

In 2005 he became a student of legendary Russian composer Boris Tishchenko, studying composition with him at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, in Russia. In November 2009 the Academic Symphony Orchestra Dmitri Shostakovich of St. Petersburg and the "Lege Artis" choir, performed Alkinoos' music at the Conservatory's Glazunov Hall. Alkinoos dedicated this concert to his teacher. In April 2010, his classical work was performed at the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, by the Camerata Europaea and Ernst Senf Chor. The same program was performed in October 2010 at the Athens Concert Hall, with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. In May 2011, his works were the opening concert of the "White Nights" Festival of Petrozavodsk, Russia, with the Karelia Philharmonic Orchestra. The Ermitage Symphony Orchestra presented his work in St. Petersburg's Philarmonia, in 2012. Thuringer Symphokiker presented his works in Germany, in 2013.

He has also worked with The Charles Lloyd New Quartet, The Absolute Ensemble (New York), The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Greek Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, The Athens Kamerata, The Cypriot State Orchestra, The Greek State Orchestra, The Thessaloniki State Orchestra, The Camerata Europaea, The Manos Hadjidakis Ensemble, The Yiannis Markopoulos Palintonos Armonia and The Mikis Theodorakis Popular Orchestra.

Alkinoos has worked as an actor, playing primary roles at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus in 1993, 1997 and 2013. He has also starred in television and on film.

He has also composed for the theatre, in France, Russia, Greece and Cyprus.

Among his diverse activities, he is the flutist, percussionist and singer of the avant-garde group FMS (Friends of Miltos Sahtouris). He is a board member of the Athens Concert Hall since December 2010. He also gives annual seminars on Creative Writing to postgraduate literature students at Florina University and elsewhere.

The last twenty years, he has given more than 1.700 concerts in Greece and Cyprus and 100 concerts abroad.

Standout performances:

New York: Madison Square Garden, 1996
The Metropolitan Museum, 1999
The Lincoln Center, 2001
SummerStage Festival at The Central Park, 2002
The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, 2004, 2007
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 2009
Kaufman Center, 2012

Washington DC: Jack Morton Auditorium, 2012
Connecticut: Center for Hellenic Studies, University of Connecticut Campus, 2012
Norfolk Virginia: Chrysler Museum of Arts, 2012
Chicago: World Music Festival, 2005
Indiana: Bloomington Lotus Festival, 2005

Toronto: The Opera House, 2012
Montreal: Concordia University, 2012

Passionskirche, 2013
Berlin Philharmonie, 2010
Quasimodo, 2004, 2007, 2009
KulturBrauerei, 2006

Alteburg, 2013
Stadtgarten, 2007, 2008, 2009

Munich: Carl Orff Saal, 2008, 2010, 2013
Nurnberg: Tafelhalle, 2005, 2007
Stimmen Festival, 2006
Rudolstadt Festival, 2007
Stuttgart: Denoar, 2007, Wagenhallen, 2008
Frankfurt: die Fabric, 2009, 2011
Hamburg: Kafe Aman, 1997

Vienna: Akzent Theater, 2013

St. Petersburg:
Philarmonia, 2012
Glazunov Hall, 2009
Petrozavodsk: Symphony Hall, 2011

Union Chapel, 2012
The Queen Elizabeth Hall, 2002, 2007, 2010
Islington Academy, 2008
The Hellenic Center, 2000

The Hydro, 2013
Fruitmarket, 2013
Oran Mor, 2012

Newcastle: The Sage Gateshead, 2012

Manchester: Academy 2, 2008
Brighton: Komedia, 2008
Barfly, 2008
The Temple at HMV Institude, 2012

Festival de Saint-Denis, Basilique de Saint Denis, 2012
UNESCO 2006, 2009
Paris: Maison de la Poesie, 2001
Maison des Cultures du Monde 2009

Luxemburg, 2009

Melbourne: Sidney Myer Music Bowls – 2006
Melbourne Town Hall, 2008

Bruxelles: Palais des Beaux Arts, 1996
Dranouter Music Festival, 1996

Madrid: Museo de la Citad, 2000
Manresa World Music Festival, 2007

Povoa de Varzim, Festival Musicas do Mar, 2007

Bucharest 1997

Tbilisi State Concert Hall, 1999
Batumi Opera House, 1999
Kutaisi Meliton Balanchivadze State Opera House, 1999

Bradislava, 2011

Buenos Aires: Teatro Coliseo, 2005

Beograd, 1998, Republic Square, during the bombings.

Cairo Opera, 2013
Alexandria Opera, 2013
Alexandria, at the Opening of the New Alexandria Library, 2002