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Maria Makraki – Conductor

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Short Biography | Maria Makraki

Born in Thessalonica-Greece, Maria Makraki holds a master's degree in physics from the University of Athens.
She went on to receive her degrees in piano and composition from the Music Academy of Athens under P. Koukos,
A. Baltas and U. Matschke. Being a scholar of DAAD, the Berlin University of Arts and the Franz Schubert Foundation,
she gained a diploma in orchestral conducting with the highest distinction at the Berlin University of Arts under
Professors H. M. Rabenstein, I. Jackson and A. Andersson.

Subsequently she concludes postmaster doctoral studies in orchestral conducting under Prof. H. D. Baum at the
Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin. Furthermore she has attended master classes with many eminent conductors,
including G. A. Albrecht, C. M. Giulini, L. Maazel, K. Masur, Sir R. Norrington, J. Panula and K. Sanderling.

In 1996 she won rst prize at the 5th International Conducting Competition in the Czech Republic and the special prize
in the C. M. von Weber conducting competition in Munich, establishing a long collaboration with the Munich Radio
Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has also become a scholar of the German Music Council (Deutscher Musikrat).

Maria Makraki has regularly conducted and recorded with numerous prominent European orchestras in the Czech
Republic, England, Germany, Greece, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, the Ukraine and in the USA. These including,
among others, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Athens, Bucharest, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart Radio
Symphony Orchestras as well as the Berlin, Boston and Nuremberg Symphony Orchestras. Furthermore she has
conducted concerts with the Baden-Baden, Jena, Janacek and Rheinische Philharmonics and productions with the
State Orchestras and Theatres of Bremen, Halle, Kassel, Leipzig and Rostock.

She has participated in international festivals and has been getting rave reviews for her concerts and opera
productions in magazines such as "Das Orchester", "Opernwelt", "Neafon" and newspapers such as "Berliner
Morgenpost", "Die Welt", "Nürnberger Nachrichten", "Siegener Zeitung", "Badener Tagblatt", "Bergische Morgenpost" etc.

In 2000 she won rst prize in the conducting competition held by the Bergisch Symphony Orchestra in Solingen,
becoming the academy's chief conductor for the period 2000/01 as well as the second prize in the Bad Homburg
conducting competition. In addition she has been included in the German Music Council’s "Maestros von Morgen" list
of artists since 2001.

In 2003 she was appointed resident conductor of the State Orchestra and Theatre of Chemnitz with the Robert
Schumann Philharmonic. Maria Makraki has been artistic director of CAMERATA EUROPÆA in Berlin since 2005. From
2007 to 2009 she was also lecturer for orchestral conducting at the Faculty of Music, University of Macedonia in
Thessalonica, Greece. A main focus of her artistic work is the development of innovative programme concepts for
contemporary European music.

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Diplomas | Scholarships | Master classes | Prizes

|   Diplomas

•   Masters diploma in Orchestral Conducting at the Berlin University of Arts
•   Doctoral diploma in Orchestral Conducting with distinction (Doctor of Musical Arts Degree – DMA) at the
    “Hanns Eisler” Music University in Berlin
•   Masters diploma of Physics at the University of Athens
•   Diploma of Fugue/Composition at the Music Academy of Athens
•   Diploma of Counterpoint at the Music Academy of Athens
•   Diploma of Harmony at the Music Academy of Athens
•   Diploma of Piano at the Olympic Conservatory of Athens
•   Lower Certi cate of English – British Council in Athens

|   Scholarships

•   Grant of the German Music Council
•   Grant of the DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
•   Grant of the Berlin University of Arts – Schubert Foundation
•   Grant of the Berlin University of Arts – Franz Grothe Foundation
•   Scholar of the Bergisch Symphony Orchestra in Solingen

|   Master classes

•   German Music Council – Conducting Forum
    Thomas Ungar, Hans Herbert Jöris, Günther Neuhold, Nicolas Pasquet, Christian Kluttig, Lothar Seyfarth,
    Kurt Masur, Roland Sei arth, Andrey Boreyko, Georg Alexander Albrecht, Roberto Paternostro, Peter Gülke,
    Christian Tetzla , Kurt Sanderling, Thomas Kalb, Wolf Dieter Hauschild, Sir Roger Norrington
•   Jorma Panula
•   Carlo Maria Giulini

|   Prizes

•   1st Prize at the Conducting Competition held by the Bergisch Symphony Orchestra in Solingen
•   1st Prize at the Fifth International Symphonic Conducting Competition in Czech Republic
•   2nd Prize at Bad Homburg Conducting Competition 2000
•   Prize winner and inclusion into the artistic list “Maestros von Morgen” of the German Music Council
•   Finalist of the New Millenium International Conducting Competition 2001 in Ukraine
•   Special prize at the Carl Maria von Weber Conducting Competition in Munich

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Teaching Activities | References

                                                           University of Macedonia in Thessalonica Greece

|   Teaching Activities

•   Lecturer in orchestral conducting at the University of Macedonia in Thessalonica Greece – Department of
    Music Science and Art (2007-2009)
•   Lecturer of master classes in conducting, chamber music and correpetition at the Olympic Conservatory of
    Athens (1987-2004)

|   References

•   Marcello Abbado – Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan
    (Viale Monza 9, 20125 Milano, Italien)

•   Georg Alexander Albrecht – German National Theatre & Weimar State Orchestra
    (Theaterplatz 2, Postfach 2003&2005, 99401 Weimar, Germany)

•   Prof. Hanns Dieter Baum – "Hanns Eisler" Music University in Berlin
    (Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Charlottenstraße 55, 10117 Berlin, Germany)

•   Prof. Peter Gülke – German Music Council
    (Am Rebberg 10, 79112 Freiburg, Germany)

•   Isaiah Jackson – Berlin University of Arts
    (150 Winding Way Kettering, Ohio 45429, USA)

•   Sir Roger Norrington – Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra SWR
    (Nalder Hill House, Wickham Heath Berkshire RG20 8EU, England)

•   Jaroslav Opela – Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra BR
    (Rundfunkplatz 1, 80300 Munich, Germany)

•   Romely Pfund – Bergisch Symphony Orchestra
    (Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 72-74, 42651 Solingen, Germany)

•   Prof. Hans Martin Rabenstein – Berlin University of Arts
    (Goethestr. 31, 14163 Berlin, Germany)

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Appointments | Engagements

|   Appointments

•   Since 2005 appointed as the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of CAMERATA EUROPÆA in Berlin
•   Appointed as the Opera Resident Conductor at the State Orchestra and Theatre of Chemnitz with the
    Robert Schumann Philharmonic (2003-2005)

|   Engagements

•   Baden-Badener Philharmonic                           •   State Orchestra and Theatre of Kassel
•   Bergische Symphony Orchestra                         •   State Orchestra and Theatre of Leipzig
•   Berliner Symphony Orchestra                          •   State Orchestra and Theatre of Rostock
•   Bochum Symphony Orchestra                            •   Südwestfalen Philharmonic in Hilchenbach
•   Boston Symphony Orchestra/Tanglewood                 •   Südwestdeutsches Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim
•   Brandenburgisches State Orchestra Frankfurt (Oder)   •   Thüringen Philharmonic Gotha/Suhl
•   Bucharest National Radio Symphony Orchestra          •   Vidin National Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria
•   Camerata Europaea                                    •   Vogtland Philharmonic Greiz/Reichenbach
•   FeminArte Chamber Orchestra                          •   West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra
•   Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra                        •   Westsächsisches Symphony Orchestra WSO
•   Hessischer Radio-Symphony Orchestra                  •   Württembergische Philharmonic Reutlingen
•   Janacek Philharmonic
•   Jenaer Philharmonic                                  |   Youth- and University Orchestras
•   Kharkov Philharmonic
•   Konzerthausorchester Berlin                          •   National Youth Orchestra of the German Music
•   Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra BR                       Council
•   Neubrandenburger Philharmonic                        •   Symphony Orchestra of the Hanns Eisler University
•   Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra                             of Music in Berlin
•   Philharmonic State Orchestra Bremen                  •   Symphony Orchestra of the University of Macedonia
•   Philharmonic State Orchestra Halle                       in Thessaloniki
•   Polish Chamber Orchestra Danzig                      •   Symphony Orchestra of the Basel University of Arts
•   Radio-Symphony Orchestra Athens                      •   Symphony Orchestra of the Berlin University of Arts
•   Radio-Symphony Orchestra Cologne WDR                 •   Symphony Orchestra of the Zurich University of Arts
•   Radio-Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart SWR
•   Robert Schumann Philharmonic Chemnitz
•   State Orchestra Rheinische Philharmonic Koblenz
•   State Orchestra and Theatre of Bremerhaven
•   State Orchestra and Theatre of Gießen

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|   Athens Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor: Maria Makraki
    Johannes Brahms          Academic festival overture
    Paul Hindemith           Symphonic metamorphoses of themes by C. M. von Weber

|   Bucharest National Radio Orchestra
    Conductor: Maria Makraki, Live recording
    Soloist: François-Joël Thiollier-Piano
    Johannes Brahms               Symphony no 1
    Sergej Rachmaninow            Piano concerto no 2
    Robert Schumann               Overture to "Manfred"

|   Camerata Europaea
    Conductor: Maria Makraki
    Soloists: Frank Forst-Bassoon, Sergio Monteiro-Piano
    Camargo Guarnieri           "Choro" for bassoon and orchestra
                                "Concerto" for percussion and strings
                                "Seresta" for piano, percussion, harp and strings
    Heitor Villa-Lobos          Bachianas Brasileiras Nr. 9
                                "Ciranda das sete notas" for bassoon and strings
                                "Corrupio" for bassoon and strings

|   Camerata Europaea
    Conductor: Maria Makraki, Live recording
    Soloists: Dessi Slava Kepenerova-Percussion, Frank Forst-Bassoon, Uwe Matschke-Piano
    Bertold Hummel              "Concertino" for bassoon and strings op. 27b
    Periklis Koukos             Two Tangos for strings
    Georgios Kyriakakis         "Klotho" for piano, percussion and strings
    Savvas Savva                Adagio for strings
                                "Drepani" for marimba, percussion and strings

|   Camerata Europaea
    Conductor: Maria Makraki, Live recording
    Soloists: Savvas Savva-Piano, Adam Weisman-Percussion
    Minas Borboudakis           "Cassiopeia" for metallic percussion solo and strings
    Nicolas Economou            Divertimento No. 2 op. 4 for strings
    Peter Machajdik             "Dem Regenbogen wieder so nah"for strings
                                "NAMAH" for strings and woodblock
    Savvas Savva                "Passio" for piano, percussion and strings
                                "Drepani" for piano, percussion and strings

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|   Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra HR
    Conductor: Maria Makraki
    Edward Elgar              In the South
    Ferde Grofé               Mississippi Suite
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow   Russian Easter overture

|   Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra BR
    Conductor: Maria Makraki
    Boris Blacher            Orchestra variations on a theme of Paganini
    Paul Dukas               "La peri" Fanfare and Poem dance

|   Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra BR
    Conductor: Maria Makraki, Live recording (for large orchestra)
    Hector Berlioz              "Großes Fest bei Capulet" from the Dramatic Symphony "Roméo et Juliette"
    Johannes Brahms             Academic Festival overture
    Edward Elgar                Pomp and Circumstance March no 1
    Georg Friedrich Händel      Alexander's Feast overture
    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow     Russian Easter overture
    Ottorino Respighi           "La Befana" from Roman Festivals
    Camille Saint-Saëns         "Bacchanale" from the opera "Samson et Dalila"

|   Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra BR
    Conductor: Maria Makraki, Live recording
    Mezzo Soprano: Ann-Katrin Naidu
    Georges Bizet               Carmen-Suite no 1 "Seguidilla"
                                Carmen-Suite no 2 "Danse bohème"
    Frederick Loewe             "My Fair Lady" overture, "The Rain in Spain", "I could have Danced All Night",
                                "Show Me" from the Musical "My Fair Lady"
    Igor Strawinsky             "Jahrmarkt in der Fastnachtszeit" from the Petruschka ballet
    Peter I. Tschaikowsky       "Danses charactéristiques" from the Nutcracker suite
                                "Overture Miniature" from the Nutcracker suite

|   Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra SWR
    Conductors: Maria Makraki, Sir Roger Norrington
    Ludwig van Beethoven        Symphony no 1
    Ludwig van Beethoven        Symphony no 2

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|   Orchestral-pieces

Tomaso Albinoni                                         Boris Blacher
Oboe Concerto in D minor                                Orchestra variations on a theme of Paganini
Johann Christian Bach                                   Johannes Brahms
Symphony op.9/no 2                                      Symphonies no 1-4, Academic festival overture,
Johann Sebastian Bach                                   Tragic Overture, Variations on a theme by Haydn,
Air, Violin Concerto in E major, Violin Concerto in A   Violin Concerto in D major, Piano Concertos no 1, no 2,
minor, Double Concerto in D minor                       Hungarian dances, Love Song waltzes
Toccata and Fugue in D minor (arr. Stokowski)           Benjamin Britten
Samuel Barber                                           Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge,
Adagio for strings                                      Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra,
Béla Bartók                                             Les Illuminations, Simple Symphony
Concerto for orchestra, the Miraculous Mandarin,        Anton Bruckner
Dance suite, Divertimento for strings,                  Symphonies no 4, no 7, no 9
Two Pictures, Hungarian sketches,                       Aram Chatschaturjan
Rumanian dances                                         Cayane
Joseph Bayer                                            Frédéric Chopin
The Fairy Doll                                          Piano Concertos no 1, no 2
Ludwig van Beethoven                                    Domenico Cimarosa
Symphonies no 1-9, "Coriolan" overture,                 Concerto for oboe and strings
"Egmont" overture, "Fidelio" overture,                  Aaron Copland
Leonore no 1-3, Piano Concertos no 1-5, Septet          Appalachian Spring, Clarinet Concerto
Hector Berlioz                                          Claude Debussy
Symphony "Fantastique", Romeo and Juliet op. 17,        La mer, Petite Suite, Prélude á l'après midi d'un faune,
Le carnaval romain                                      La Boite joujoux, Rhapsodie for Clarinet,
Leonard Bernstein                                       Children ‘s Corner a.o.
On the Town, West Side Story, Candide overture          Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Georges Bizet                                           Double bass Concerto in E- at major
Symphony no 1, Jeux d‘ enfants,                         Franco Donatoni
Carmen suites no 1, no 2                                "Concertino" for strings, brass and timpani
Minas Borboudakis                                       Paul Dukas
"Cassiopeia" for metallic percussion solo and strings   "La peri" Fanfare and Poem dance, "Der Zauberlehrling"

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Antonín Dvorák                                      John Ireland
Symphonies no 2, no 7, no 8, no 9,                  Concertino Pastorale
Cello Concerto in H minor, Serenade op. 44,         Leos Janácek
Slavic dances                                       "Idylle" for strings, Taras Bulba
Nicolas Economou                                    André Jolivet
Divertimento no. 2 op. 4 for strings                Rhapsodie a sept
Edward Elgar                                        Zoltán Kodály
Pomp and Circumstance military marches,             "Hary Janos" suite, Galanta dances
In the South, Serenade for strings                  Mieczyscaw Karlowicz
Manuel de Falla                                     The Symphonic Poem Stanislaw i Anna Oswiecimowie
Spanish dance                                       Periklis Koukos
Julius Fucík                                        "Chorika" for piano, violin and strings,
Einzug der Gladiatoren                              Two Tangos, Adagio for strings
Edvard Grieg                                        Thomas Schmidt Kowalski
Holberg suite, Piano Concerto in A minor            Sextet
Ferde Grofé                                         Fritz Kreisler
Mississippi Suite                                   Liebesleid, Caprice Viennois
Mozart Camargo Guarnieri                            Franz Lehár
Concerto for strings and percussion,                "The merry widow" overture,
"Seresta" for piano, harp, percussion and strings   Gold and Silver waltzes
Georg Friedrich Handel                              Rolf Liebermann
Alexander feast overture, Royal reworks music,      Les Echanges
Concerti grossi op. 3                               Franz Liszt
Franz Joseph Haydn                                  Symphonic Poem no. 10, Les Preludes,
Symphonies no 85, no 88, no 101, no 103, no 104,    Piano Concertos no 1, no 2
The seasons                                         Albert Lortzing
Paul Hindemith                                      "Der Wildschütz" overture, "Undine" ouverture
Symphony "Mathis der Maler", Symphonia Serena,      Witold Lutoslawski
Nobilissima visione, Symphonic metamorphoses of     Concerto for orchestra
themes by C. M. von Weber                           Gustav Mahler
Bertold Hummel                                      Symphonies no 1, no 4, no 5
Concerto for percussion and orchestra op. 70,       Allesandro Marcello
Concertino for bassoon and strings op. 27b          Oboe Concerto in D minor

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy                             Sergej Rachmaninow
Symphonies no 1-5, The Hebrides,                        Piano Concertos no 1-3, Rhapsody on a theme of
Midsummernight’s dream op. 21, Oktet                    Paganini
Darius Milhaud                                          Maurice Ravel
La creation du Monde                                    Bolero, Ma mere l‘ Oye, "Tzigane" for violin and
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                                 orchestra, La valse, Rapsodie espagnole,
Symphonies no 25, no 31, no 34-41,                      Le tombeau de Couperin, Pavane pour une Infante
The Overtures, Serenades, Divertimenti,                 defunte, Alborada del Gracioso, Five greek folk songs
Piano Concertos, Violin Concertos no1-5                 Ottorino Respighi
Modest Mussorgsky                                       Antiche Dance ed Arie, Cli Uccelli, Feste Romane,
Pictures at an exhibition                               Trittico Botticelliano
Siegfried Ochs                                          Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow
"Es kommt ein Vogel ge ogen"                            Russian Easter overture, Capriccio Espagnol
Jacques O enbach                                        Joaquín Rodrigo
"La belle Helene" overture, French Can Can,             "Concierto de Aranjuez" for guitar and orchestra
"Orpheus in the underworld" overture                    Ney Rosauro
Johann Pachelbel                                        Concerto for marimba and strings
Canon                                                   Gioacchino Rossini
Eleutherios Papastavrou                                 "Die seidene Leiter", "L´ Italiana in Algeri", "La scala di
Prelude and Dance                                       seta", "Il Signor Bruschino" overtures
Jean-Frédéric Perrenoud                                 Camille Saint Saens
Septet op. 66                                           "Introduction et Rondo capriccioso" for violin and
Birger Petersen Mikkelsen                               orchestra, Carnival of the animals
"Sieben Nachrichten aus dem Hundertsechzig-             Pablo de Sarasate
Morgen-Wald" for orchestra                              Zigeunerweisen
Astor Piazzolla                                         Arnold Schönberg
Liebertango                                             "Verklärte Nacht" op. 4 for strings,
Francis Poulenc                                         "Pelléas et Mélisande" op. 5,
The history of Babar                                    Five pieces for orchestra op. 16
Sergej Proko ew                                         Dmitri Schostakowitsch
Symphonies no 1, no 5, Peter and the wolf,              Festive overture, Symphonies no 1, no 5, no 9, no 15,
Violin Concertos no 1, no 2, "Romeo and Juliet" suite   Piano Concerto no 1

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Franz Schubert                                            Mikis Theodorakis
Symphonies no 1-8                                         "Sinfonietta" for piano, ute and strings
Robert Schumann                                           Henri Tomasi
Symphonies no 1-4, Piano Concerto in A minor,             Concerto for trombone and orchestra
"Genoveva" overture, "Manfred" overture,                  Giuseppe Torelli
Overture Scherzo and Finale                               Concerto grosso in G minor
Jean Sibelius                                             Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky
Finlandia op. 20, Tapiola op. 112, Violin Concerto,       Symphonies no 4, no 5, no 6, Violin Concerto,
Symphonies no 1, no 2                                     Piano Concerto no 1, "Romeo and Juliet" overture,
Nikos Skalkottas                                          Capriccio Italien, Variations on a rococo theme,
Greek dances (for large orchestra)                        "The Nutcracker" suite, Serenade for strings, a.o.
Bedrich Smetana                                           Ralph Vaughan Williams
My Country                                                The lark ascending
Johann Strauss (Father and Son)                           Giuseppe Verdi
On the beautiful blue Danube, Emperor waltzes             "La forza del destino" overture
Roses from the south waltz, Pizzicato polka,              Heitor Villa Lobos
Annen polka, Light Blood, "Fledermaus" overture,          "Ciranda das sete notas" for bassoon and strings,
"Gypsy Baron" overture, Radetzky march,                   Bachianas Brasileiras no. 9
Intermezzo from "1001 Nacht", a.o.                        Antonio Vivaldi
Richard Strauss                                           The four seasons
Don Juan, Duet Concertino                                 Richard Wagner
Igor Strawinsky                                           Siegfried–Idyll, "Tristan und Isolde" overture,
Le Sacre du Printemps, Symphony in three                  "Tannhäuser" overture,
movements, Pulcinella, Petruschka, Firebird,              "The Flying Dutchman" overture
Two Suites for small orchestra, L’histoire du soldat,     Émile Waldteufel
Dances Concertantes, Concerto in D, Concerto in E- at     "Die Schlittschuläufer" waltz
(Dumparton Oaks), Apollon Musagète, a.o.                  William Walton
Josef Suk                                                 Facade suites no 1, no 2 for orchestra
Serenade for strings                                      Carl Maria von Weber
Franz von Suppè                                           "Oberon" overture, "Freischütz" overture,
"Poet and Peasant" overture, "Beautiful Galathea"         Clarinet Concertos no 1, no 2,
overture, "Light Cavalry" overture, "Boccacio" overture   Symphony no1 in C major

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Anton von Webern                                        Frederick Loewe
Passacaglia for orchestra                               My fair Lady
John Williams                                           Darius Milhaud
"Star Wars" suite for orchestra                         Der Arme Matrose
Hugo Wolf                                               Carl Millöcker
Italienian Serenade                                     Der Bettelstudent*
Linda Worsley                                           Pietro Mascagni
Sundance                                                Cavalleria Rusticana
                                                        Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
|   Opera, Ballett, Choir Symphonic, Musicals, Arias    The Magic Flute, La Nozze di Figaro,
                                                        The Abduction from the Seraglio, Cosi fan Tutte,
Marc Antoine Charpentier                                Don Giovanni, "Exultate Jubilate" for soprano und
"Midnight Mass for Christmas" for choir and orchestra   orchestra, Arias per soprano and orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven                                    Otto Nicolai
"Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus" ballett, Fidelio,        The Merry Wives of Windsor*
Scenes and Arias for soprano and orchestra              Jacques O enbach
Luciano Berio                                           Tales of Ho mann*, La Vie Parisienne*
Folk songs per mezzo soprano and orchestra              Carl Or
Georges Bizet                                           Carmina burana
Carmen                                                  Giacomo Puccini
Benjamin Britten                                        La Boheme, Tosca
"Les Illuminations" for soprano and strings             Gioachino Rossini
Mel Brooks                                              Il barbiere di Siviglia, "Selva opaca" scene and aria for
The Producers                                           soprano and orchestra (from WilliamTell)
Paul Hindemith                                          Camille Saint Saëns
Sancta Susanna                                          Samson et Dalila*
Engelbert Humperdinck                                   Bedrich Smetana
Hansel and Gretel                                       The Bartered Bride
Emmerich Kálmán                                         Johann Strauss
Die Csardasfürstin*                                     The Gypsy Baron*, Wiener Blut*
John Kander                                             Igor Strawinsky
Cabaret                                                 Petruschka (ballett from 1911)

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Mikis Theodorakis                                     Peter Machajdik
Song selection                                        "Dem Regenbogen wieder so nah" for strings
Giuseppe Verdi                                        (German rst premiere)
La Traviata, Aida, Nabucco*                           "NAMAH" für Streicher und Holzblock
Richard Wagner                                        (German rst premiere)
The Flying Dutchman                                   Eleutherios Passias
Andrew Lloyd Webber                                   "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe for orchestra
Jesus Christ Superstar                                Savvas Savva
Carl Maria von Weber                                  Adagio for strings (German rst premiere)
Freischütz                                            "Drepani" für Klavier, Schlagzeug und Streichorchester
                                                      (German rst premiere)
*extracts                                             "Passio" for piano, percussion and strings
                                                      (German rst premiere)
|   Premieres                                         Heitor Villa Lobos
                                                      "Corrupio" for bassoon and strings
Orestis Benekas
"The Blue Part" for orchestra
Panagiotis Beretzikis
"Ermina" for strings
Mozart Camargo Guarnieri
"Choro" for bassoon, harp, percussion and strings
Periklis Koukos
"Suite Concertante" for piano and strings
Georgios Koumendakis
"Concerto" for piano and 7 instruments
Georgios Kyriakakis
"Klotho" for percussion, piano and strings
Constantinos Lignos
"Eirenes Simandra" for percussion, two violins solo
and strings

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Press (selection)

|   The music of Slovakia in Berlin’s distinguished Konzerthaus

"Peter Machajdik, the most frequently played Slovak composer in the German-speaking world, was himself
present when the avant-garde orchestra Camerata Europaea presented two of the composer’s own works in
Berlin’s distinguished Konzerthaus. Under the charismatic Greek conductor Maria Makraki the orchestra not only
performed masterfully Machajdik’s music in its "Rhythm & Strings" concert series, but also works by
contemporary Cypriot and Greek composers. The performance received the nancial support of the Slovak
Institute in Berlin, in cooperation with the Bratislava Music Fund."
(Martin Sarvaš, in: Das Botschaftsnetzwerk of the Slovak Institute in Berlin, 28.4.2009)

|   A journey of discovery in the concert hall – „Rhythm & Strings“ with the Camerata Europaea on
    November 30, 2008 in the Berlin Concert Hall

"The artistic director of the Camerata Europaea Maria Makraki, created and directed an innovative, rhythmically
accentuated programme of „Rhythm & Strings“ lled with discoveries: the lively, dotted, duple meter-based
presentation of a Cypriotic folk dance Drepani for marimba and strings by the composer Savvas Savva; wonderful
Tango arrangements by the Greek composer Periklis Koukos; an impressive performance of the Concertinos for
bassoon and strings op. 27 b by Bertold Hummel (1925-2002); and an arrangement of metallic, spherical sounds
in the debut performance of Georgios Kyriakakis’ Clotho for piano with string orchestra and percussion. The tonal
skills of the ensemble were equally as compelling: subtly playful in the Drepani, almost eerily exact the dots in
the tangos, with just the right amount of melodiousness, brilliantly prepared for the bassoonist in the demanding
Concertino, open for the unexpected in the interpretation of Clotho, the myth of Clotho (the ‘spinner’) the Greek
goddess of destiny who spun the threads of life. Maria Makraki led the ensemble lightly and naturally through
rhythmically challenging passages. She gripped the ensemble with her strong charisma, infusing it with her
attentiveness and energy. Communication between the conductor and the musicians appeared amiable, as if
they were sharing the common pleasures derived from this novel and varied journey of discovery through
(Meike Mieke-Konzertdirektion Berlin, in: Exantas Newsletter, February 2009)

|   Art with a di erence in Berlin – Greek sounds in the Atrium of the Deutsche Bank

"On December 22nd in the atrium of the Deutsche Bank the Hellenic community and the Greek Cultural Centre in
Berlin presented a special Christmas tribute to public gures and key o cials from politics and society. The
audience was treated to a deeply moving performance by the Camerata Europaea, whose declared aim it is to
represent the musical culture of Europe. Under its conductor Maria Makraki the ensemble demonstrated its
extraordinary knowledge of Greek art music with a performance of Greek dances by Nikos Skalkottas and the
Suite Concertante by Periklis Koukos, which turned out to be a veritable treat for the ears. The obvious
enjoyment and enthusiasm of the artists radiated into the audience and the standing ovations that followed this
exceptional performance, together with the numerous requests for recordings and a repeat of the concert in the
near future, con rmed the success of the evening."
(Monika Zwick, in: Das Botschaftsnetzwerk "DasCorps", 30.01.2007)

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|   Christmas Gala on 22 December 2006

"... We chose to express our thanks with a performance by the CAMERATA EUROPÆA of works by Greek
composers. The ensemble’s aim of representing the musical culture of Europe, in conjunction with the artistic
director’s particular expertise for Greek art music, won the audience over as soon as the rst tones were heard.
Our enthusiasm knew no bounds as we were treated to Nikos Skalkottas’ Greek dances from the 1930's and the
Suite Concertante by the contemporary composer Periklis Koukos, works inspired by the traditional elements of
our home country that deeply moved all present. This expert performance of the rhythmically challenging Greek
works by the international ensemble of the CAMERATA EUROPÆA was an immense success. The musicians’
pleasure and enjoyment in accessing works that are so rarely performed in this country was tangible, and we
strongly believe they will also succeed in performing works from other European countries with an equally high
level of musical exibility. We marvelled at the ensemble’s precise musical direction by the conductor Maria
Makraki and at the apparent ease with which she directed the interaction between the ensemble and the pianist
Dimitris Koukos, as though it were merely a congenial dialogue between equal partners. The enthusiastic
applause at the end of the concert was followed by numerous requests by members of the enthralled audience
for a recording of the works performed, or at least a repeat of the concert. We would like to thoroughly
recommend the CAMERATA EUROPÆA as the leading authority on the European music culture."
(Achilleas Lykos, in: Newsletter – Greek Cultural Centre Berlin, December 2006)

|   Comforting sounds for the world from a wunderkind – chamber orchestra performs bene t concert in the

"... The Greek conductor Maria Makraki delighted us not only with her refreshing precision, but with a maturity
that stimulated the Südwestdeutsche Kammerorchester into performing at their best ..."
(Eckehard Uhlig, in: Pforzheimer Newspaper, 27.06.2006)

|   Bygone ages come back to life – Maria Makraki at the conductor’s stand of the Baden Philharmonic

"... The way Stravinsky deals with early music has something refreshingly modern – and the conductor Maria
Makraki ensured that this performance of his work was equally as modern. The di ering musical worlds of the
Baroque and the 20th century were brought together with light-hearted ease. The result was a pleasing, relaxed
musical experience very much appreciated by the audience. After the interval the conductor treated the
audience to a further programmatic delicacy. As in the previous works, elements of style from di erent epochs
were united, this time in Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Italian Symphony. The conductor Maria Makraki
approached the symphony from the viewpoint of the Romantic. Even the rst movement began unusually,
leaving a lasting, but not uninteresting impression Makrari is particularly disposed to strong, dynamic contrasts;
she took the second movement with a refreshing lack of sentiment and after an unobtrusive third movement got
down to business again with a lively and temperamental nal movement. This was Mendelssohn at its best and
most interesting, well deserving of the enthusiastic applause that followed.”
(Karl-Heinz Fischer, in: Badische Neueste Nachrichten, 07.02.2005)

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|   An Italian journey under Greek conductorship

"... Maria Makraki didn’t hurry the other movements. This rendition contained little of the customary delightful
melodious sound, but swept the audience along with its austerely expressive sonority. Maria Makraki directed
with authority, inspiring great brilliance in particular from the winds and brass ..."
(Jutta Bergengruen, in: Badisches Tagblatt, 07.02.2005)

|   Cinema for the ears

"Maria Makraki conducted the melancholy and austere beginning to Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony in F minor with
an appropriate sense of the epical breath of the composition. She demonstrated her sure sense for the lesser
stories contained in the greater one, not strung one behind the other, but spread cohesively, as in a mosaic. With
gracefully impeccable sounds she ensured justice was done to the surge of feelings in the 2nd movement, her
body movements bearing witness to the sincerity of her involvement. She was demanding, and the orchestra
responded eagerly. This altogether wonderful performance was brought to a close with a 4th movement based
mainly on melancholy and literally everything that symphonic music has to o er, going immediately to the
absolute limit and beyond, consistently colourful, full of unexpected twists, not afraid of bold sounds but
absolutely convincingly and deftly toned ..."
(Lars Siegen, in: Siegener Zeitung, 20.05.2002)

|   Crisp and with temperament

"The fascinating performance of the 5th Symphony in the Municipal Theatre on Tuesday came as no surprise to
those who already know the young Greek conductor Maria Makraki. She has become a frequently requested
maestra at international stands since achieving excellent grades in conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts,
where she was taught by such luminaries as Sanderling, Giulini and Masur. [...] Maria Makraki cultivates a style
that is literally rooted in the earth; she extracts her repertoire of clear gestures largely from the upper body and
supple, precise, optically pleasing arm movements, as well as from the visibly strong enthusiasm for an orchestra
to which she transmits her focus and vitality."
(O.L.-D., in: Gießener Allgemeine, 17.01.2002)

|   Jovial classical music – the Nuremberg Symphonic in the Serenade Courtyard

"The Nuremberg Symphonic had a surprise in store when presenting their medley of special treats ranging from
the waltz to the cancan. They brought a comely conductor on to the stand. The young Greek conductor Maria
Makraki performed with con dence in the genre, adapted to the di ering dictions, struck the crisp and intimate
tones and gave intensive impulses. She had been chosen for her Nuremberg debut by the conductors’ forum of
the German Music Council from the ‘Tomorrow’s Maestros’ list. Maria Makraki appeared to be the candidate most
likely to be able to conduct the music that, although ‘light’, is by no means easy to deal with either technically or
artistically ..."
(Fritz Schleicher, in: Nürnberger Nachrichten, 21.07.2001)

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|   Maria Makraki, the young conductor of the Orchestra Academy of the Bergisch Symphony Orchestra , conducts
    the Christmas Concert

"The young conductor proved to be extremely compelling. Maria Makraki was always in command of the musical
proceedings, her conducting precise and very expressive. The audience in the Municipal Theatre - which was
 lled to bursting - paid tribute to this enthralling Christmas concert with prolonged applause."
(Uwe Müller, in: Remscheider Generalanzeiger, 28.12.2001)

|   The meditative magic of music

"Maria Makraki once again directed an enthusiastic Bergisch Symphony Orchestra in a performance of this work,
enchanting the audience with the almost meditative middle movement, a three part andante. At the end of the
symphony the conductor played with only two violinists, who then went on to play the nal bars on their own;
the music was practically switched o . Impressively sensitive, but spirited conducting by Maria Makraki
contributed as much to the success of the evening as did the genial symphonic musicians."
(Uwe Müller, in Remscheider Generalanzeiger, 29.08.2001)

|   Greek musician spurs orchestra on

"The scholarship awarded this season by the Orchestra Academy of the Bergisch Symphony Orchestra has gone
to the Greek-born composer Maria Makraki. The almost instant understanding attained between Maria Makraki
and the musicians at her rst o cial concert, however, was in no way implicit, nor was their expressive and
translucent rendition of the frequently played canon by Johann Pachelbel. It would appear that Maria Makraki is
not only a highly talented conductor, but also a spirited full-blooded musician. It is to be hoped that we hear
more from this promising scholarship holder in the coming concert season."
(Ulrich Mutz, in: Solinger Morgenpost, 30.12.2000)

|   Charisma and skill

"Although it was ‘only’ Strauss that Makraki was conducting, the Young Greek conductor’s presence, charisma,
personality and last not least, her craftsmanship, were striking. She shaped the harmony with precise timing and
vivid gestures and brought out the best in her fantastic ‘fellow players’ ..."
(Beate Lange, in: Remscheider Generalanzeiger, 03.05.2000)

|   The richness of Arte Povera – the BSO with Stravinsky, Jolivet and Mozart

"Surprise upon surprise. The rst surprise: the small hall of the Concert house was sold out. The second surprise:
all the members of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra (BSO) under the Greek conductor Maria Makraki were
bubbling with musical enterprise. The result: a concert as it should be; stimulating, entertaining, unconventional
and virtuosic ..."
(Klaus Geitel, in: Berliner Morgenpost, 01.03.1999)

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