Xantoulis, Nikos

Dr. Nikos Xanthoulis is a composer, ancient lyre player and researcher. He is also Artistic Consultant at the Greek National Opera, Associate Researcher with the Academy of Athens and Correspondent Member at the Archaeological Institute of America.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sciences and has acquired a PhD in Music Theory from the Bulgarian Music Academy of Sophia. Dr. Nikos Xanthoulis is Professor of Trumpet, Harmony and Counterpoint at the Conservatory of Athens, Greece. He is also an Assistant Researcher of the Academy of Athens and a Tutor at the Greek Open University. For twenty-five years (1983-2008) he served as the principal trumpet player in National Greek Opera Orchestra and from May 2009 till 2012 he was heading the Educational Department of the same Opera.
As a composer and soloist, he has presented his music in Greece and Internationally (USA, Australia, Canada, China, Russia, Sweden, Italy, Bulgaria, Turkey etc.) His works include translations of the ancient Greek music theoreticians.
Xanthoulis has written and mastered incidental music for tragedies using reconstructed ancient instruments (lyre, avlos, tympanon and salpinx) trying to approach the prosody of the ancient Greek language.
He has composed four children’s operas; two of them had been presented by the Greek National Opera.
Dr Xanthoulis was awarded the Kress Lectureship by the Archaeological Institute of America for the year 2012-2013 and an extension for 2017-2018. From 2014 to 2015 he was the Artistic Director of Public Broadcasting Orchestras and Choir (ERT).
The last six years he revived the technique of the ancient Greek lyre through his research based on the depictions of pottery and the ancient Greek literature.
Since 2019 the composer is represented by MUSICENTRY.

- First Prize at the Russian Grand Prix of theatrical Productions with the tragedy “Trojan Women” (as best classical production), 2017
- Kress Lectureship for 2012-2013 by the Archaeological Institute of America and also for 2017-18
- Two awards from the Association of Greek Theatre and the Music Critics’ Association as director of the Kalamata Municipal Conservatory, 1998 and 2001
- Merit for his composition for piano from the Arts and Letters Department of the Ministry of Culture
- Member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (1983)
- First prize in trumpet from the Conservatory of Athens (1983)
- First prize in composition at the National Conservatory
- Award “Ferruccio Vignanelli” in harpsichord from the Athenaeum Conservatory