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Biography

Athanasios Michail Ramadanidis is a Greek musician and linguist. He graduated with honors from the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki, where he studied piano under Anelia and Vangelis Portokalis, conducting with Karolos Trikolidis, and violin with Igor Selalmazidis. Furthering his education, Athanasios obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, studying under acclaimed pianists Uwe Matschke and Igor Petrin. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in piano performance at the University of Maryland under the mentorship of Bradford Gowen.

Athanasios is an active performer as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician with appearances in Greece, Austria, the Netherlands, and the USA. He has performed and recorded solo and ensemble works by contemporary and 20th-century Greek composers. In 2022, he made his solo debut with the Capella Istropolitana at the Beethoven Plus Festival in Austria.

In addition to performance, Athanasios is deeply involved in music education. He has taught privately in Vienna and Thessaloniki and served as a teaching assistant for functional keyboard skills at the University of Macedonia. Currently, he teaches class piano and sight-reading at the University of Maryland, where he also serves as a graduate assistant for collaborative piano. Additionally, he has worked as a collaborative pianist at Kutztown University. Furthermore, he is committed to the development of young musicians through engagements at the summer camps of the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki as an ear-training tutor and ensemble coach.

Athanasios has honed his skills through studies with esteemed mentors such as Maria Asteriadou and Domna Evnouchidou, as well as through participation in masterclasses led by George Hadjinikos, Georg Steinschaden, Zoe Samsarellou, and Michael Hauber.

In his guise as a linguist, Athanasios pursues a PhD at the University of Crete. His doctoral research has earned him a competitive grant from the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation. Athanasios is an alumnus of the University of Vienna, from which he received his BA and MA titles in Romance Studies and General Linguistics, both with honors and excellence scholarships.

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Education

2023 –

University of Maryland, USA

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance

Graduate Assistant in Collaborative Piano

2020 – 2023

University of Macedonia, Greece

Master of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy and Performance

Teaching Assistant in Keyboard Skills

2017 – 2020

University of Macedonia, Greece

Bachelor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy

2016 – 2017

University of Vienna, Austria

Master of Arts in General Linguistics

2013 – 2016

University of Vienna, Austria

Bachelor of Arts in Romance Studies – Italian

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