Byron Fidetzis


Byron Fidetzis was born in Thessaloniki and completed the first cycle of  his musical education at the State Conservatory  (cello and advanced theory). A state scholarship led him to Vienna and Detmold for further studies in conducting  under H. Swarowsky, O. Suitner and Miltiadis Caridis and in the cello under V. Orlof, A. Navara and S. Benes. He graduated from the Vienna Academy with a  Diploma in Cello and in Conducting.

He has played as cellist and  conducted all Greek Symphony Orchestras in regular concerts and in all the Greek festivals. He has also appeared in Austria, Egypt, Bulgaria, Brazil, Germany, Yugoslavia, Italy, Cyprus, Poland, Turkey and Chechoslovakia).

He conducts regularly at the National Opera and was its first permanent conductor between 1985 and 1992. Since 1987 he has been a permanent conductor of the Athens State Orchestra. From 1990 to 1992 he was the chief conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra of Ekaterinbourg in Russia. In 1990 he took charge of the Pazartzik Symphonic Orchestra as guest conductor and since 1992 he has been guest conductor of the "Cappela Russia" in Moscow. Byron Fidetzis has recorded more than thirty LPs and CDs with works of Greek composers.

The Academy of Athens honoured Byron Fidetzis with the "Spiros Motsenigos" prize for his artistic achievements. He has also received awards from the Bank of Greece and the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair. His contribution to the performance and promotion of Greek music was acknowledged by his unanimous election as a honorary member of the Union of Greek Composers.

From 1991 to 1993 he taught at the Music Department of the University of Athens and since 1996 he has been teaching at the Ionian University. He also taught the violoncello at the Athens Conservatory between 1994 and 1998.

He was a founding member of the Manolis Kalomiris Society and has recorded all Kalomiris symphonies and many other works. He was elected Chairman of the Board in 1997 and a member of the Artistic Committee of the Samos Kalomiris Festival..