yiannis hadjiloizou

One of the most versitile artists of his generation Yiannis Hadjiloizou was born in Nicosia in 1976. He received his first piano lessonsnat age 4 by his father, composer and conductor Michael Hadjiloizou, and in 1983 joined the piano studio of Madam Despo Hadjillizou-Frangakou at the Cyprus Academy of Music from where he graduated with a Professional Diploma of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and a PDMA in Harmony with distinction in 1993. At age 10 he wwas appointed Principal Clarinet in the Archbishop's Palace Philharmonic. At the same time he joined his fatherbin the Nicosia Music Society as Chorus Accompanist and Assistant Conductor.

He is the recipient of two Bachelor of Music degrees, four Master of Music degrees and a Doctor of Musical Arts, as well as two Professional Diploma of Musical Arts Degrees. He studied Piano Performance at the Cyprus Academy of Music with Madam Despo Hadjillizou-Frangakou and with Michael Ruiz at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Early Music with Anne Heider and David Schrader at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Musicology with Charles Brauner in Chicago and Joshua Rifkin at Boston University, Choral Conducting with Ann Howard Jones at Boston University and Michael Hadjiloizou in Nicosia, and Orchestral Conducting with Duilio Dobrin at the University of Oklahoma and David Hoose at Boston.

Yiannis Hadjiloizou has performed as a Solo Pianist and Conductor in major cities in over twenty countries in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and South Africa. As a composer, he has received commissions by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and his Le Valse de l'Amour has replaced Carl Orff's O Fortuna as the Music Theme of the Cyprus Radiomarathon. He has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus for the music he composed for Dimitrios Koromilas' play Maroulla's Fortune, by the Salonica Doc Fest for his Music to Fire Within, and by Impossible Film Contest of the Festival de Cannes Short Film Cornernfor his Music to the Nightfall of Eden. In 2002 he was appointed Representative Artist of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

He is the founder of the Chamber Orchestra of the Chicago Conservatory (1999), Norman Civic Orchestra (2002) and Boston Chance Orchestra and Chorus (2006). His Cyprus Peace Concert Project in collaboration with the United Nations has received worldwide attention and is the largest annual cultural event on the island. He has collaborated with well known personalities such as Theodore Antoniou, Lukas Foss, Gunther Schuller and Jessie Norman. He holds a long collaboration with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, while his performance with contemporary ensemble ALEAIII received special praise.

Yiannis Hadjiloizou was appointed President & Artistic Director of the Cyprus Academy of Music in 1999 by the Academy's founder and then Director Madam Despo Hadjiloizou-Frangakou. In January 20.12 he took over as Artistic Director of the Orphean Singers and has led the Choir in their first pulic performance with a professional orchestra in Mozart's Requiem and other major works.