Andreas Pylarinos, an internationally renowned musician and conductor, was born in Athens, Greece. From an early age he showed his musical talent. Andreas Pylarinos is one of the most exciting conductors ‘of his generation’ due to his musicianship and an assured technique resulting in concerts that are full of character and great artistic integrity.
He trained in Athens, followed by the International Music Camp Michigan at the USA, the New England Conservatory of Boston at the U.S.A. and the University of Music in Graz in Austria. His studies are concerning orchestra conducting, choir conducting, piano, trombone and opera singing (baritone).
At age of 7 years old, he began studying trombone and within a short period of time, 10 years, he gave his first recital on trombone at the American Union in Athens. The following year, he made his first recordings for the Greek Radio. At age 15 years old, he graduated with distinction and at the same time he began his experience as a musician at the Athens State Symphony Orchestra and at the Greek National Opera. Afterwards, he worked with many Greek Symphony Orchestras, as a principal conductor, and he made several discographies.
His first conducting experience began at the age of 14 years old at the International Music Camp Interlocken, Michigan, in the United States of America with a scholarship from the U.S.A Government. His studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston at the United States concerned trombone, conducting and composition. He completed his studies in conducting at the University of Music in Graz, Austria where he obtained his Master Diploma with excellent grade and with distinction. During his postgraduate studies in Austria, he obtained his Diploma in Choral Conducting, in Piano and in Opera Singing.
Andreas Pylarinos was a permanent Professor at the University of Music in Graz. At the same time he conducted the Orchestra of Contemporary Music and the Orchestra of Church Music in Graz and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. Afterwards he obtained his PH Diploma.
Moreover, he has held concerts as an operatic baritone at the Opera of Graz in Austria. Andreas Pylarinos was for thirty years the principal trombonist in Athens State Symphony Orchestra.
During his career, he has conducted several Greek Orchestras: the Athens State Symphony Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Thessaloniki Municipal Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Contemporary Orchestra of Greek Radio and Television, the Athens Municipal Orchestra, the Attiki Symphonic Orchestra and the Greek National Opera. From 1988-2012 Andreas Pylarinos was the principal conductor at the Athens Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra.
With the Athens Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra he has conducted on tours in Beijing (China), in Frankfurt (Alter Opera), in New York (Unesco Main Hall, in Lincoln center and Manhattan center), in Paris (Unesco Main Hall), in Alexandria (Egypt) in Cyprus and in Istanbul. He has also recorded with his orchestra fourteen CDs of Greek composers.
With the Athens State Symphony Orchestra: in Munich (Germany), in Hannover (Germany) and in Alt Aussee (Austria).
In addition to his titled positions, Andreas Pylarinos is in high demand working with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia. He has conducted the Boston Pop’s Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Opera Company, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Symphony orchestra and the Detroit Symphony orchestra in USA, the Suisse Romande Symphony Orchestra in Geneva, Switzerland, the Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Russia, the Symphony Orchestra in Graz Austria, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the F.Y.R.O.M. Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra in Vratsa, Bulgaria, the Tashkent Symphony Orchestra in Uzbekistan, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Tirana, Albania and the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra in South Africa. He has been guest principal conductor in several cities in Greece and he has an extensive experience in educational programs.
In 2003 he conducted a Gala with the pianist Lazar Berman, in 2007 an Opera Gala with the tenor Rolando Villazon and in 2009 a Gala with the mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins. Andreas Pylarinos received praise and excellent appraisals by Maxim Shostakovich thanks to his working interpretation of Dimitri Shostakovich. He was the principal Conductor and the Artistic Director of the Attiki Symphony Orchestra and the Piraeus Symphony Orchestra. He was the principal conductor of the Greek Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and the Greek Radio and Television Contemporary Orchestra. Andreas Pylarinos works with several Greek composers (Mikis Theodorakis, I.Andriopoulos, G.Markopoulos, D.Papadimitriou, St.Spanoudakis, etc).
In recent seasons, Andreas Pylarinos’artistic collaborations have included the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as a conductor with the soloist Haris Alexiou.
In 2011, he was awarded by the Onassis Foundation for his support on the contemporary Greek music.
Strauss: ‘Till Eulenspiegel’s lustige Streiche’
Strauss: ‘Don Juan’
Bartok: ‘Concerto for viola’
Theodorakis: Oratorio ‘Axion Esti’
Theodorakis: Oratorio ‘The march of the spirit’
Theodorakis: the Ballet ‘Greek Carnival’
Theodorakis: the Ballet ‘Zorbas the Greek’
Elias Andriopoulos: ‘Poetry by Odysseas Elytis’
Tassos Ioanidis: ‘Apokalypsis’
Spanoudakis: ‘The street of silk’
Benakis: ‘Symphonic poems’
Koukounaras: ‘Concerto for trumpet and Symphony Orchestra’
Nikolaou: ‘Concerto for trumpet and Symphony Orchestra’
Pliatsikas: ‘With another sound’
Other Qualifications: Professor of Music at the Hellenic American Educational Foundation Athens College. (HAEF Schools)
Languages: English, German, Italian, French.