Zoi Tsokanou, conductor
The greek conductor belongs to the young upcoming generation of conductors combining deep sense of musical understanding with exceptional communication skills. "A mature artist with great musicality" (Bernard Haitink)
From the season 2014/2015 Zoi Tsokanou is working as a permanent conductor at the Theater Erfurt, Germany, where she conducted a.o. Puccinis Tosca, Verdis Otello, Macbeth, Rigoletto, Faust Gounod, Orfeo Gluck, Smetanas Bartered Bride. 2011-2014 she has been music director of the Arosa Music Theater in Switzerland where she worked with the Ricordi Edition on rediscovering operas of Johann Simon Mayr. During 2009-2011 she was appointed associate conductor with the Western Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in Marienbad, Czech Republic.
Zoi Tsokanou has conducted many European Orchestras and Ensembles including the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra RTVE in Madrid, Festival Strings Lucerne, Regensburg Philharmonic, Musik Kollegium Winterthur, Zagreb Radio Orchestra, Kollegium Musicum Basel, Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra, Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt Germany, Silesian Symphony Poland, Karlovy Vary Symphony Czech Republic and Sofia Academic Orchestra Bulgaria as well as all the leading Greek Symphony Orchestras.
In the field of Opera, she made her conducting debut in 2008 with Mozarts Don Giovanni in Teplice, and she had further engagements with the Regensburg Theater, Contemporary Opera Zurich, Pocket Opera Company, Swiss Opera Studio in Biel. At the Greek National Opera after her debut with the New Year’s concert 2013, she conducted the Nutcracker, Lehars Merry Widow and a new Fledermaus production with great success.
Future plans include her UK Debut in summer 2018 with Verdis La Traviata at the Longborough Festival Opera, her Debut at the Athens Megaron with Athens State Orchestra such as Rossinis Barbiere at the Greek National Opera.
Zoi Tsokanou has been invited and awarded in several international and national conducting competitions. In January 2014 she was finalist for the assistant conductor position at the New York Philharmonic. In 2013, she conducted the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as one of the 12 finalists of the 4th Gustav Mahler International Competition and she was awarded with the 3rd distinction at the Grzegorz Fitelberg competition 2012 in Poland.
Zoi Tsokanou attended master classes by Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival at Easter 2011- 2012 as well as by David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. In March 2014 she assisted Bernard Haitink for Beethovens Missa Solemnis in Zurich.
Born in Thessaloniki, she has studied in her hometown piano and musicology at the Aristotle University. At the Zurich University of the Arts she studied piano with Konstantin Scherbakov and conducting with Johannes Schlaefli.