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. Puccini’s ‘Tosca’, Verdi’s ‘Otello’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Rigoletto’, Gounod’s ‘Faust’, Gluck‘s ‘Orfeo’, Smetana’s ‘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, Orchestre National de Lille, 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 Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ in Teplice, and she had further engagements with the Regensburg Theater, Contemporary Opera Zurich, Pocket Opera Company, Swiss Opera Studio in Biel. She frequently appears in the Greek National Opera after her debut with the New Year’s concert 2013. She conducted ‘The Nutcracker‘, Lehar‘s ‘Merry Widow‘, ‘Die Fledermaus’, Rossini‘s ‘Barbiere’, ‘The Magic Flute’ and ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ (co-production of the London Royal Opera with the Greek National Opera) the with great success. In 2018, she conducted Gaspare Spontini’s opera ‘Agnes von Hohenstaufen’ at the Theater Erfurt. The concert was broadcasted by the German Radio (Deutschlandfunk Kultur) and the recording will be released by the CPU in 2019.
Future plans include concerts with the Orchestre National de Lille, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Rostock and Prenzlau symphony orchestras, while she will conduct Verdi’s ‘Simon Boccanegra΄ in the Greek National Theatre.
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.
She is the Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra since June 2017.