John Georgiadis (Guest Conductor/Violin)


Born in Southend–on- Sea, Essex, John began playing the violin at the age of six under the guidance of his father, an amateur violinist, and later went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London. One year in Paris completed fifteen years of studies with four teachers; Vanna Brown, Joan Rochford-Davies, Frederick Grinke and Rene Bendetti. Whilst with Frederick Grinke he won the Queens Prize, the Gulbenkian Award, and was awarded the Dove Prize, and was elected a FRAM in 1972, and a FGSM in 1976. He was Leader (Concertmaster) of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1963 to 1965, and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) from 1965 to 1973, and 1976 to 1979. As a soloist, he gave the first English performance of the Menotti concerto, and the first London performance of the Bartok No 1 Concerto. In January 1976, in the composers’ presence, he recorded the Bliss concerto with the BBCSO, and later that year the Moeran with the LSO. An interest in conducting started during the three absent years, 1973 to 1976, when John left the LSO ’temporarily’ and began conducting youth orchestras and directing Viennese concerts ‘from the violin’. Also during this period, he performed more than 250 recitals throughout the UK, under the title of ‘virtuoso and Gipsy Violin’, many pieces of which he has recorded. The Georgiadis/Peebles Duo was formed at this time with pianist Anthony Peebles, the Duo have toured extensively, including Arabia 1988 and 1999, and New Zealand and Australia 1991, 1994 and 1999. The interest in conducting led to eight years of study with Maestro Sergei Celibidache and a career which, beginning with education work in 1963, now includes appearances with orchestras worldwide. Conducting engagements with the LSO, which have included international tours, centre around the New Year’s Concerts at the Barbican Centre. As a prolific recording artist over the years he has recorded on various labels and several of his CD’s have received the highest accolades. For 18 years he was involved in working with young people, and coached and conducted all over the world, including the European and Chinese Youth Orchestras. He was Principal Conductor of the Essex Youth Orchestra for more than a decade. He has enjoyed the position of Music Director with several orchestras, starting with the internationally known London Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, jointly founded in 1972 with LSO, and others, colleagues, including the flautist James Galway. He was also MD of the Bristol Sinfonia from 1982 to 1984 and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 1996. From October 1987 to November1990, and running concurrently with his conducting career, he took over the first violin seat of the well-known Gabrieli String Quartet whose long association with Essex University culminated in July 1990 in his receiving the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University.


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