The Greek clarine-st Spyros Tzekos took his first music lessons in Corfu Island and
con-nued his studies at “Philippos Nakas” Conservatory of Athens. ACer obtaining
his clarinet diploma with the highest grade and gradua-ng with first prize honors, he
went on to study with Ronald van Spaendonck at the Royal Conservatory of Music in
Mons in Belgium on a scholarship awarded to him by Athens Megaron’s “Friends of
Music Society”. He con-nued his studies with Walter Boeykens at Fontys Hogescool
voor de Kunsten in Tilburg in the Netherlands, on a Greek State Scholarships Founda-
-on scholarship. At the same -me he aQended the course “Contemporary Music
through Non-Western Techniques” at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, in the framework of which he explored extended techniques of the clarinet along with the principles of South Indian classical music and ways to apply them in western contemporary
music crea-on and performance.
He has also aQended numerous master classes with dis-nguished clarinet professors
such as Michel Arrignon, Walter Boeykens, Alessandro Carbonare, Romain Guyot,
Ralph Manno, Andrew Marriner, and Aurelian Octav Popa, as well as improvisa-on
workshops held in Amsterdam by the Magpie Music Dance Company.
Spyros has collaborated with Greece’s greatest orchestras and cultural ins-tu-ons
and organiza-ons such as the Athens State Orchestra, Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, Athens Camerata, Athens & Epidaurus Fes-val, Greek Na-onal Theatre,
Athens Megaron, Benaki Museum, Onassis Cultural Centre, French Ins-tute of
Athens, Chios Music Fes-val, Interna-onal Music Fes-val of Cyclades, Ionian Summer
Music Academy, and has also appeared as a guest soloist with the Royal Chamber
Orchestra of Wallonia, the Athens State Symphony Orchestra and the City of Athens
Spyros is also an ac-ve chamber music musician and contemporary music performer
and founding member of two of Greece’s leading ensembles: ARTéfacts ensemble,
which is a contemporary music ensemble that has been focusing on commissioning
new works and presen-ng contemporary music performances since it started in
2008, and Ventus ensemble, a wind instrument ensemble consis-ng of principal musicians of both Athens and Thessaloniki Symphony State Orchestras as well as the
Greek Na-onal Opera, which since 2005 has been exploring and performing works
from the exci-ng repertoire of the genre. Recordings of the ensembles have been
released by Decca Classics and the Greek independent record label Puzzlemusik.
Both ensembles are based in Athens and give numerous performances, educa-onal
concerts and master classes in Greece and abroad.
Spyros Tzekos is principal clarine-st of the Greek National Opera since 2007 and clarinet professor at Athens Conservatory College of Music.