Past Years

Horto 2020

Eastern Music Workshop

July 20-25

Choral Workshop

August 22-26



July 25 - August 2



August 2



August 1-8



August 13

Pia Hadjinikou


August 9

Every workshop leads to an event

This year's festival is under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture.

The centennial documentary to the memory of Pia Hadjinikou-Angelini and the Open Orchestra Workshop are carried out with the kind donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Ministry of Culture and Sports

Stavros Niarhos Foundation

Keeping in mind the conditions of the pandemic, we have reshaped our program for this year in order to comply with the new instructions and we take every new decision based on the common wealth. This year's activities include small workshops, seminars, concerts and performances which will mainly take place in the open-air theater.

Horto 2019

Music of Despair and Consolation

choral music directed by Timothy Brown

July 27 - August 3

Danish choir "Zesonkhor" collaborates with Hortodia
September 11-18

Swiss choir "ElGreChor" collaborates with Hortodia
October 1-8

Turn the Clock 

guitar recital by Spiros Kavallieratos

October 27

Chopin Piano Recital

with Ioanna Siopoudi

December 1

Horto 2018

Horto 2017

Horto 2016

Dance Improvisation Workshop

with Elisavet Pliakostathi

The Athens Video Dance Project is coming to Horto for the first time and organises a dance workshop focusing on improvisation, composition and specific performances. AVDP was founded in 2010 with the aim to promote the art of dance and videodance in Greece through the implementation of educational, artistic and community programs and multidisciplinary art collaborations and productions.

For 4 days, the seaside village of Horto will host
a creative platform of dance improvisation and composition research and is inviting professional and non-professional dancers, dance students, performers, performing arts trainers, artists from any artistic field and anyone who is interested in dance improvisation and composition to take part in an experiential learning method.

Jazz Workshop

Chamber Music Masterclass

Prof. Christos Kanettis's “Violin and Chamber Music Masterclass” is addressed to students and violin graduates or other classical string instruments. The masterclass aims to create a wider repertoire for the participating young musicians as well as to promote their technical and musical abilities.


Anita Mitterer (viola & string quartet)

Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Quatuor Mosaiques

Christos Kanettis (Violin)

Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, State Conservatory Innsbruck


July 31 - August 9


Vocal Masterclass

with Dimitri Kavrakos

Metropolitan Opera bass Dimitri Kavrakos will be giving a vocal masterclass for the first time as part of this summer's Festival. The masterclass will mainly focus on breath as the fundamental basis for classical singing. The masterclass is open to all voice categories. The selected singers will work with Mr. Kavrakos on arias, mostly from the Italian repertoire. Through group warmups, breathing exercises, coachings, advice on the technique of breath, singing and diction, the participants will have a rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s most famous basses with great experience and knowledge of the technical aspect of singing, as well as interpretation and stage presence.


August 16-22


Conducting Seminar

“Arsis Conducting Seminar”

The Arsis Conducting Seminar offers a holistic approach to orchestral conducting in a way that makes it interesting for beginners and students that wish to apply for an Institution of Higher Education and students in the early years of their studies as well as experienced performers and music teachers whose experience in conducting instrumental ensembles and choirs has been mainly practical. Based on a series of carefully selected examples from the orchestral and operatic repertoire, the seminar covers in terms of samples, but in a systematic manner, all the gestural vocabulary of conducting, thus providing the participants with a map they can consult at any time.

The seminar connects individually natural movement with breath and awareness of the body. For this purpose it borrows elements from martial arts and methods such as Feldenkrais.

We will also deal with matters such as reading and preparation of the score, decoding and memorising of a musical work, correct attitude towards other musicians and the general way of thinking towards interpretation.

The approach of interpretation owes vastly to the teachings of George Hadjinikos and wishes to remain faithful to the spirit of this great Teacher.


August 22-29

Horto 2015

Horto 2014

Hortodia Choir

The South Pelion Community Choir "Hortodia" along with the Agria Mixed Choir present a musical evening full of songs ... read more

Saturday, July 19th, 21:00 @ “Angelinis Hadjinikou” Theatre


Spoon River

Theatrical performance on poems by Edgar Lee Mater.

Volos Theatre Workshop

Dimitris Daktilas, director ... read more

Friday, July 25th, 21:00 @ “Angelinis Hadjinikou” Theatre


Taste the World

Music, dance and dishes from around the world

Thursday, July 31st, 20:00 @ Horto Square


A Flirt... with Melina

Tribute to the Greek woman-myth

Niki Fraguli, singer-actor

Aris Graikousis, piano ... read more

Saturday, August 2nd, 21:00 @ “Angelinis Hadjinikou” Theatre


The King's New Clothes

based on Andersen's fairytale

Politia Theatru from Thessaloniki

Maria Baltadgi, director ... read more

Saturday, August 9th, 21:00 @ “Angelinis Hadjinikou” Theatre


Café Concert from Tango to Balkan

World Music

Areti Prosilia, piano

Dimos Vougioukas, accordion ... read more

Friday, August 15th,  21:00 @ “Angelinis Hadjinikou” Theatre


Chamber Music Concert

with professors Christos Kanettis and Annita Mitterer and graduate students of Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

Works for string quartet and quintet by Grieg, Mozart and others ... read more

Friday, August 22nd, 21:00 @ Hadjinikos Hall


“Sound as it is”

Woodwind quartet on works by Arnold, Bozzar, Heller, Κummer and Spies

Sunday, August 24th, 21:00 @ Hadjinikos Hall


Orchestral Concert

The Larisa Symphony Orchestra meets the I Maestri Orchestra from London to perform works by Haydn, Skalkottas, Vaughan Williams and others, under the direction of George Hadjinikos and Anastasios Strikos.

soloist: George Hlawiczka, violin

Wednesday, August 27th, 21:00 @ “Angelinis Hadjinikou” Theatre


30 years of non-stop activity!

30 years of cultural activity at Horto and South Pelion.

Short films, happenings, speeches, buffet and drinks for a welcoming fundraising event.

Thursday, August 28th, 20:00 @ “Angelinis Hadjinikou” Theatre


Concert – CD presentation

“May I be your world”

A tribute to Manos Hadjidakis’s songs with the Vocal and Instrumental Group of the University of Thessaly.

Theodoros Kotepanos, arrangements and piano

Maria Thoidou, artistic director and voice trainer

Friday, August 29th, 21:00 @ “Angelinis Hadjinikou” Theatre


Young Artists Concert

participants of the “Essence and Origins of Musical Interpretation” workshop

Saturday, August 30th, 21:00 @ Hadjinikos Hall



“Travelling”: a fascinating program of various eras and areas from outstanding musicians.

Manos Avarakis, harmonica and recorders

Sofia Kamayiani, piano

Saturday, September 6th, 21:00 @ Hadjinikos Hall


Annual Fete

Traditional folk fete for the celebration of Virgin Mary’s birth that follows the orthodox service at the village of Horto.

Sunday, September 7th



Lectures, discussions and workshops on how to make products for daily use for houses, land and public spaces.

September 12-14


Shadow Puppet Theatre

Chloro - Karagiozis, given by the Movement for Water of Pelion and the residents of Volos. Performance in Greek.

Saturday, September 13th, 21:00 @ Hadjinikos Hall


Chamber Music Academy for String Instruments

Prof. Christos Kanettis's “Violin and Chamber Music Masterclass” is addressed to students and violin graduates or other classical string instruments. The masterclass aims to create a wider repertoire for the participating young musicians as well as to promote their technical and musical abilities. ... read more


Essence and Origins of Musical Interpetation

The “Essence and Origins of Musical Interpretation” workshops appeals not only to any solo music instrument, voice and chamber music ensemble, but also to any artistic audience. The participants can take an active part either as performers or as auditors. Through the attendance of the classes both the performer and the listener ... read more


Open Orchestra Workshop

The “Open Orchestra” workshop is attached to the seminar “Essence and Origins of Musical Interpretation”, in a way that allows participants to attend both events. It aims to apply the teachings and approach of George Hadjinikos on a collective level through the orchestra. The workshop is based on the faith that music ... read more

Horto 2013

Τετάρτη 31 Ιουλίου, Παραλία, 18:00

Γεύσεις του Κόσμου 

Μια βραδιά γεμάτη γεύσεις και χορό. Ελάτε να γευτείτε πιάτα Ελληνικής και διεθνούς κουζίνας μαγειρεμένα από κατοίκους-εθελοντές της Ελλάδας και όλου του Κόσμου. Χορός από τα χορευτικά τμήματα συλλόγων των χωριών: Αερινού, με χορούς Μακεδονίας – Αργαλαστής, με νησιώτικους χορούς – Λαύκου, με χορούς των Κυθήρων – Ξινόβρυσης, με Πηλιορείτικους χορούς.

Παρασκευή 2 Αυγούστου – Κυριακή 18 Αυγούστου, Μουσείο Λαϊκής Τέχνης
ώρες λειτουργίας: καθημερινά 18:00 - 22:00

"Η αρχαία πόλη στο Χόρτο Μαγνησίας μέσα από φωτογραφίες των αρχαιολογικών ερευνών" 

Η έκθεση περιλαμβάνει φωτογραφίες των αρχαίων ερειπίων και των αρχαιολογικών ευρημάτων με σύντομα συνοδευτικά κείμενα, σκιαγραφώντας για πρώτη φορά τη δραστηριότητα και τη ζωή στην αρχαία αυτή πόλη, μέσα από ένα νοερό ταξίδι βαθιά μέσα στο χρόνο. Πραγματοποιείται σε συνεργασία με την ΙΓ' Εφορεία Προϊστορικών και Κλασικών Αρχαιοτήτων.

Σάββατο 3 Αυγούστου, Υπαίθριο Θέατρο, 21:00

"Ο γάμος του μπαρμπα-Γιώργου και ο Καραγκιόζης νύφη” από το Δήμο Βουγιούκα. Μία ξεκαρδιστική κωμωδία για μικρούς και μεγάλους από τις παλαιότερες του Ελληνικού Θεάτρου Σκιών. Δοκιμασίες, ίντριγκες, αναποδογύρισμα όλως των σχεδιών και ο Καραγκιόζης μένει μόνο να βγάλει το φίδι από την τρύπα. 

Η συνέχεια στον μπερντέ...

Τετάρτη 7 Αυγούστου, Υπαίθριο Θέατρο, 21:00

Μια αναδρομή στο λαικό τραγούδι από τις αρχές του 20ου αιώνα έως τη δεκαετία του 50,

με το συγκρότημα της Τομπουρλίκας: Γιάννης Αλεξανδρής (κιθάρα, τραγούδι), Δημήτρης Εσερίδης (πιάνο, τραγούδι), Κώστας Παππάς (κιθάρα, μπαγλαμά, τραγούδι), Παντελής Χατζηκυριάκος (μπουζούκι, τραγούδι)

Σάββατο 10 Αυγούστου, Υπαίθριο Θέατρο, 21:00

«Θυμωμένη Μπετονιέρα» έργο για αφηγητή και ζωντανή ορχήστρα

Όταν στο ραδιόφωνο ανακοινώνεται πως όλα πια έχουν χτιστεί και πως <<ΔΙΑΚΟΠΤΕΤΑΙ ΕΠ ΑΟΡΙΣΤΟΝ ΚΑΘΕ ΕΡΓΑΣΙΑ  πέφτει πανικός. Ο Λάμπης ο τενεκές,ο Αργύρης το Μυστρί, η Ντάλια το τούβλο και η υπόλοιπη παρέα τους τρέχουν στην Κική την θυμωμένη Μπετονιερα που αν και θυμωμένη έχει συλλαβει το υπερσχέδιο Νο 1 και τους το ανακοινώνει. Συντελεστές παράστασης: Δημήτρης Μπασλάμ (μπάσο, τραγούδι), Θανάσης Dzingovic (κιθάρα, τραγούδι) Γιώργος Αβραμίδης (τρομπέτα), Ανθή Κύρκου (πλήκτρα), Γιώργος Νικόπουλος (νυκτά, τραγούδι), Λουίζα Σοφιανοπούλου (τραγούδι) Edie Spaapen (κρουστά, τραγούδι), Κοστούμια Γιάννης Κατρανίτσας

Παρασκευή 16 Αυγούστου, Προμενάδα Χόρτου, 21:00

Μια βραδιά γεμάτη τραγούδι με τη Χορτωδία - Χορωδία Κατοίκων Ν.Πηλίου

Κυριακή 18 Αυγούστου, Υπαίθριο Θέατρο, 21:00

Μουσικό παραμύθι «Ο μεταλλαγμένος κακός λύκος» Κείμενα, στίχοι: Στέλιος Πελασγός Μουσική, τραγούδια: Θανάσης Δρίτσας Τραγούδι: Ελευθερία Δρίτσα

Δευτέρα 19 – Κυριακή 25 Αυγούστου

Εβδομάδα αφιερωμένη στα 90 χρόνια του μαέστρου, πιανίστα και παιδαγωγού Γιώργου Χατζηνίκου με καθημερινά πρωινά μαθήματα πάνω σε έργα ρεπερτορίου και βραδυνές συναυλίες μαθητών σολίστ του μεγάλου δασκάλου

Δευτέρα 19 Αυγούστου, Μουσείο Λαϊκής Τέχνης, 21:00

Ρεσιτάλ Πιάνου της Φανής Καραγιάννη

«Συνομιλίες» Beethoven - Smirnov, Τσούγκρας - Rachmaninov, Liszt - Berio, Schumann - Scriabin και Σακαλλιέρος - Debussy

Τρίτη 20 Αυγούστου, Μουσείο Λαϊκής Τέχνης, 20:00

Ισπανία Ελλάδα 1-1 Συζήτηση Ζαχαρέα/ Alfonso

Τετάρτη 21 Αυγούστου, Μουσείο Λαϊκής Τέχνης, 21:00

Αποσπάσματα ντοκυμαντέρ  για τον Γιώργο Χατζηνίκο

Σύλληψη και Σκηνοθεσία: Γιώργος Ελιανός

Παρασκευή 23 Αυγούστου, Μουσείο Λαϊκής Τέχνης, 21:00

Ρεσιτάλ πιάνου και Ρεσιτάλ Κιθάρας από τους Σμαρώ Γρηγοριάδου, κιθάρα, Ιωάννα Σιοπούδη, Νίκο Έξαρχο, Νίκο Αδρασκέλα, πιάνο 

Σάββατο 24 Αυγούστου, Υπαίθριο Θέατρο, 21:00

Συναυλία ορχήστρας Con Fuoco με "Το χαμόγελο της Τζοκόντας" του Μάνου Χατζιδάκι, καθώς και μουσικές από τον ευρωπαϊκό κινηματογράφο, αλλά και το αργεντίνικο τάνγκο του Astor Piazzolla. Με την αιγίδα του πολιτιστικού κέντρου και ωδείου του Δήμου Θέρμης Θεσσαλονίκης. Ενορχήστρωση-Διεύθυνση: Γιάννης Πολυμενέρης

Κυριακή 25 Αυγούστου, Μουσείο Λαϊκής Τέχνης, 21:00

Ρεσιτάλ Πιάνου Γιώργου Χατζηνίκου Bach-Brahms, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Σκαλκώττας

Δευτέρα 26 Αυγούστου – Κυριακή 1 Σεπτεμβρίου

Σεμινάριο Φωνητικής και Όπερας Ειρήνης Τσιρακίδου και Αναστάσιου Στρίκου

παράλληλη έκθεση Ζωγραφικής με τοπία και εικόνες Χόρτου του Αναστάσιου  Στρίκου

Κυριακή  1 –Κυριακή  8 Σεπτεμβρίου

Masterclass Βιολιού και μουσικής Δωματίου Christos Kanettis

Σάββατο 31 Αυγούστου, Μουσείο Λαϊκής Τέχνης, 21:00

Συναυλία σεμιναρίου Φωνητικής

Κυριακή 1 Σεπτεμβρίου, Μουσείο Λαϊκής Τέχνης, 21:00

Μουσική Δωματίου με σύνολα μουσικής δωματίου και σολίστ των σεμιναρίων του κ. Κανέττη

Παρασκευή 6 Σεπτεμβρίου, 
Μουσείο Λαϊκής Τέχνης, 21:00
Συναυλία συμμετεχόντων σεμιναρίου 

Σάββατο 7 Σεπτεμβρίου, Παλκόστρωτο, 21:00
Λαϊκό Πανηγύρι για τον εορτασμό της Γεννήσεως της Θεοτόκου

Κυριακή 8 Σεπτεμβρίου, Υπαίθριο Θέατρο, 21:00

Μουσική από την Κάτω Ιταλία. Ars Enotria Ensemble

Συγκρότημα ποικίλλης μουσικής με παραδοσιακή μουσική της περιοχής της Κάτω Ιταλίας παιγμένη από μουσικούς δεξιοτέχνες του είδους.

Horto 2012

Horto 2011

Horto 2010

Horto 2009

“25th Summer Meeting for Music, Theatre and Art”

Theatrical Performances (in Greek):

  • Yannis Ritsos “Aias”
    Yannis Trantas, director and performer

    Petros Dourdoumbakis, music

    Evangelia Katounia, woman

    Erifili Leventi, slave

    Chorus: members of the “Estia Theatrou Erineos”

  • Yannis Ritsos “Persephone”
    Yiorgos Biniaris, director

    Olia Lazaridou, actress

    Yiorgos Markopoulos, music

  • Yannis Ritsos “Otan erchetai o xenos” (“When the stranger comes”)

    Yannis Trantas, director and performer

    Petros Dourdoumbakis, music
    Actors: members of “Estia Theatrou Erineos”

Musical Performances:

  • Chamber Music Concert for guitar and string quartet
    Spiros Kavallieratos, guitar

    Dimitris Karamanolis and Apostolis Mitras, violin

    Nikos Nikolaidis, cello

  • Chamber Music Concert dedicated to Haydn’s death bicentenary
    This concert was part of the international master class for violin and chamber music by Prof. Christos Kanettis organized in collaboration with the Europaea Camerata (Maria Makraki, artistic director)
  • Concert with Indian Classical Music
    Erik Alsen, sheinai

    Inbal Zadok, sitar

    Yiannis Zannis, tabla

  • Concert with the Utrecht Symphony Orchestra

    Yiorgo Moutsiaras,conductor

        Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture “Coriolan”
        Joseph Boulognede St. Georges: Symphony in D

        Gioachino Rossini: Overture “Italiana in Algeri”

        Wym van Noort: ”Wuthering Heights” Overture for iPhone ocarina and orchestra (Greek premiere)

        Traditional/Arr., Klezmer Musiek (Traditional secular Jewish music) for solo clarinet and string orchestra

          soloist: Michel Marang

        Felix Mendelssohn: Wedding March from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

  • Piano Duo Recital with Duo Vivo

    Nikos Adraskelas and Christos Marinos, piano-4 hands

  • William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Felix Mendelssohn’s incidental music.
    Giorgos Biniaris Theatrical Workshop and the Utrecht Symphony Orchestra (Yiorgo Moutsiaras, conductor)

Theatrical Workshop

Giorgos Biniaris, theater

Smaro Grigoriadou, music

Stella Michailidou, dance

Louise DeMint Zahareas, Exhibition “Formas”
which subtly indicate human or animal postures and gestures(the rounded abstract forms highlight sensually confined massiveness)

Evis Christou, Art exhibition “Toys on the wall”

Horto 2008

“24th Summer Meeting for Music, Theatre and Dance Seminars”


  • Wind Orchestra of Kalamaria.
  • Theatrical Seminar by Giorgos Biniaris, Smaro Grigoriadou and Margarita Mantaka.
  • “Echoes Theatre Company” presented Sophocles’ major play “Antigone” in the original Ancient Greek text.
  • All main characters (Antigone, her sister Ismene, King Kreon, his son Aemon, soothsayer Teiresias) as well as Chorus (consisted by distinguished elderly Lords of Thebes), were interpreted by two performers on stage (one actor and one musician), who explored their full physical potential in order to achieve necessary differentiations of roles. Additionally, choral songs were executed according to the original metrical- rhythmical sets of verses designed thoroughly by Sophocles himself.
  • Seminar on Esoteric Therapy by Judy Jacka.


  • Lotte Hubmann, Photo Exhibition
  • Evis Christou, Sculpture Exhibition
  • Paola Mayer: “Secret Messages of Plants - The wild plants of Mt. Pelion”
  • George Hadjinikos, Piano Recital
  • Duo Vivo, Piano Recital
  • Smaro Gregoriadou, Guitar Recital
  • Eleni & Suzanna Vougioukli concert ”Round the World in 7 notes”
  • Theater Performance of Aristophanes’ Ornithes extracts by the participants of the Seminar
  • University Choir of Innsbruck

Horto 2007

“Roots in Music, Dance, Theatre and Nature”

Ross Daly and the ensemble “Labyrinth”

Sophocles’ Antigone: in original ancient Greek text, musical research, composition, instruction: Smaro Gregoriadou, Theatrical development: Aris Biniaris, Artistic Provision: Giorgos P. Biniaris

Giannis Trantas and the theatrical group Erineos with “Landscape of being (Education – Polis – Nature)”

Sophia Spyratou with her Dance Theater Group “Roes” presenting “In the Month of Athyr”

Piano Recital by Duo Vivo

Baroque music Ensemble “Aeolis”

Courses and demonstrations by Vladimir and Svetlana Khingansky

Seminar with George Hadjinikos

Horto 2006

“Collective and Personal Responsibility for the Environment”

Mozart: Wind Serenade, Schubert Octet, Chamber Ensemble of young Greek musicians, conductor, George Hadjinikos

Baroque Music with “Aiolis” Ensemble from Larissa (Greece)

Karagiozis Shadow Theatre by Dimos Vougioukas

Theatre, Poetry, Song with V. Mitsakis and A. Ghiza

Ross Daly with “Labyrinth” with traditional music

Horto 2005

“Soul and Body as the Basic Elements of Dance and Music”

Seminars: Vladimir and Svetlana Khinganskiy

George Hadjinikos

Events: Niki Kampa “The Greek melodic singing”, with Panayiotis Lignos (piano) and Dimitris Tingas (contrabasso)

“Karagiozis” Shadow Theatre by Eugenios Spatharis

Russian Folk Dances and Dance based on Isadora Duncan's method with Svetlana and Vladimir Khinganskiy, Elena Buschueva

Athletic games of Football, Swimming and Running

“In the Spirit of Dance” by Volos Dance academy of Despina Akrivou “Folk Greek Dances” by the P. Zisis Foundation

Horto 2004

“20 years Anniversary of the Foundation”

Stravinsky “The Rite of Spring”, Tchaikovsky parts from “Swan Lake”, Bizet/Schedrin Carmen Suite. Ballet of the Odessa State Opera, choreography, Vladimir and Svetlana Khingansky

Excerpts from Greek Dramas by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes. “Chorika” Dance Group, choreography, Zouzou Nikoloudi

Piano Recital dedicated to the 100 anniversary of Skalkottas’s birth with works of Bach/Brahms, Beethoven and Skalkottas, by George Hadjinikos

Horto 2003

“Essence and Origins of Musical Interpretation” Seminar by George Hadjinikos

Yannis Trantas and his Theater Ensemble “Erineos” with Extracts from Papadiamantis ́ novels, examples for the Usage of Language in Ancient Greece

“Der Erlkönig” throughout the ages, by V. Dimas-Tsirigotis (piano Juliana Fellous) Mozart: Divertimento for strings, Respighi: Ancient Dances and Airs, Dvorzak: Serenade for strings, Bartok: Divertimento for strings. String Orchestra of young Greek musicians, conductor: George Hadjinikos

Horto 2002

“Mathematical Basis of Geotechnics” Euro-conference organized by D.Kolymbas, Institute of Geotechnical & Tunnel Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Performance of 60 students from Porto (Portugal) with songs, dances and music from their homeland

Horto 2001

“Logic and Interpretation of Musical Interpretation” Seminar by George Hadjinikos

Horto 2000

“Seminars and Events dedicated to the 2000 years of the birth of Jesus”

Performances of Orthodox Psalms with the State Choir of Sophia at Volos and Horto

“Skarimbas, the poet” by Petros Spetzopoulos and various actors

Shadow Theatre by Athos Danelis

“Vakches” by Euripides with the Theatrical Group “Erineos”, director Υannis Trantas

Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale, choreography Svetlana Khingansky, conductor George Hadjinikos

Horto 1999

“Logic and Foundation of Musical Interpretation” Seminar by George Hadjinikos

“Constitutive Modeling of Granular Materials including Developments and Perspectives of Hypoplasticity” Euro-conference organized by the Institute of Geotechnical & Tunnel Engineering Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Horto 1998

“Fairy Tales in Theatre, Music and Dance”

Skalkottas “Fairy Tale Drama”

Beethoven Symphony No.9, Symphony Orchestra of young Greek musicians and the choir of Spyros Klapsis, Elpiniki Zervou soprano, Marisia Papalexiou mezzo-soprano, Yannis Kyriazis tenor, Vasilis Dimas-Tsirigotis baritone, George Hadjinikos conductor

Lorka: “Perlimplin & Belissa” Pantomime Performance

Chamber Music Performances “Rigas Ferraios” and “Adakrytos” fairy tale from “Dodekalogos tou Gyftou” of K. Palamas by Erineos Theater Ensemble

Horto 1997

“Chamber Music”

Chamber music is the highest level of music education, as it teaches how to listen to the fellow players so as to achieve finally to listen to oneself.

Brahms Violin and Piano sonatas, Michael Bochmann violin and George Hadjinikos piano

Scandinavian composers, H.E. Deckert conductor

Stravinsky “Les Noces”, first Greek performance, G.Hadjinikos conductor, S. Klapsis choir, scenic performance by “Erineos” Theatre Group of Yiannis Trantas

Mozart Divertimenti, Bach violin concerto with L.David, Skalkottas 4 Greek Dances

“Fundamentals of Musical Interpretation” George Hadjinikos' seminar is based on questions such as: g • Why do we study Bach? • Can we understand the classical composers only through the piano? • How can we more essentially approach the uniqueness of Mozart? • What is the meaning andbenefit from chamber music? • What is the difference between Chopin and Czerny? • Are the rhythms of Bartok and Stravinsky irregular, additive and basically different from those of classical composers? • What is the sense and paedagogic value of Bartok’s Mikrokosmos? • What is the ‘chemistry’ of the Lied? Does it have relations with opera? • What is atonal music? How did dodecaphonic music evolve? • How romantic evolved from classical music? • What is the meaning of movement in music? Is it related to speed? 

Horto 1996

“Farewell to the 20th Century” 

Homeric Hymn dedicated to Dimitra, theatre ensemble “Erineos”, director Yannis Trantas

Concert with Children Choir of Agias Trias (Thessaloniki), direction Vasilis Papakonstantinou

Shadow theatre of Lamia by Michalis Hatzakis

Theatre group “Epi Skinis” from Volos g Chamber music by Kodaly and Prokofieff, Lukas David, violin, Tan-Chen, violin, Sotiris Zisopoulos, violin, Anette Bench, viola

Stravinsky: “Persephone”, Debussy: “Nocturnes”

Christou: “Phoenix” Music, Prokofieff: Peter and the Wolf

Shostakovich: Symphony No.13 ”Babi Yar”, reciter: Dimitris Lignadis, baritone: V. Dimas-Tsirigotis Youth Symphony Orchestra from Tirana (Albania) with Greek young musicians, Children Choir from Agia Trias, Mixed Choir under the direction of Spyros Klapsis, conductor: George Hadjinikos, (words translated to Greek by S. Klapsis and G. Hadjinikos)

“Gipini” Folklore Ensemble from Albania

Horto 1995

“Movement in Art”

Orff Carmina Burana. Concert dedicated to the 100th birthday of the composer. pianos: G. Vagianos, F. Karayianni, percussion: M. Mankovsky, L. Agouridakis and their students, mixed choir under the direction of Spyros Klapsis, R. Tsirakidou soprano, M. Phoenix tenor, V. Dimas-Tsirigotis baritone, George Hadjinikos, conductor.

Shadow theater of Lamia by Michalis Hatzakis g Moscow Children Theatre ”Bamby”

‘Isadora Duncan’s Dance, presented by Hannelore Schick and Astrid Schleusener

Purcell Chaconne, Vivaldi Guitar Concerto, Bach Two Violins Concerto, Elgar String Serenade, Finzi Romance, Bartok Rumanian Dances, Skalkottas Four Greek Dances, String Orchestra “Musica Juventa Slovaka”, Smaro Gregoriadou, guitar, Carlos Johnson and Kang Chau Lian, violin, G.Hadjinikos, conductor

Chamber music by Patrin Garcia Barredo, piano, and Angel Louis Quintana, cello

Performance with ancient Greek instruments by G.Maniatis’ ensemble “Evretirio” Bulgarian choir “Polyelei”

Horto 1994

“Ecology in Music”

Seminars by:

Mario Delli Ponti, piano

Taras and Gaelyne Gabora, violin, singing

Petros Theodorou, contemporary music technology

Konstantinos Tsougras, music analysis

Yannis Spyrakis, byzantine music

Concerts by:

Bach Centre Symphonic Orchestra of Moscow, conductor George Hadjinikos, Leonidas Kanaris and George Fountoulis guitars, Zozo Dagladianidou violin, Michele Margand violin, Claudine Lassere cello

Albinoni Concerto for Oboe, Bach Suite No.2, Mozart “Exultate Jubilate”, Vivaldi Concerto for two trumpets, conductor Myasoyedof

Nielsen “Helios” Overture, Vivaldi Concerto for two guitars, Mendelssohn Concerto for violin, Sibelius: Finlandia, Symphony No.1

Haydn Concerto for cello, Purcell Dido’s Lament, Debussy L ́apres midi d ́un faune, Sibelius Symphony No.2

Horto 1993

“Movement in Dance, Theatre and Music”

Seminars, Performances, Participants:

Mozart “Cosi fan tutte” (Greek translation by G.Hadjinikos)

”Cantilena”, Choir accompanied by traditional folk instruments from Russia

“Helena’s Passions”, written and performed by Alexandra Lyra, directed and performed by Vangelis Lagos, musician and performer: Yannis Oikonomou, musician: Sofia Iliades, actress: O. Paraskevopoulou, stage-designer and dresses: Maria Lyra

Mendelssohn: “Hebrides” Overture, Delius: Two Sketches, Beethoven: Symphony No.7, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra (UK) with young Greek musicians, conductor: George Hadjinikos

Chamber music concert with R. Calder, piano, M. Margand, violin, C. Lasserre, cello

Presentations and courses by Adelheid Karla Weidlich (music therapy)

Almut Yayaweera (Sri Lanka dances)

Natalia V. Sokovikova (Russian folk dances)

Mandana Alawi Kla (Iranian and African folk dances)

Andrew Krichels (American dances)

Almut Yayaweera (Sri Lanka dances)

Horto 1992

“Music and Tradition”

Seminars, Performances, Participants:

  • Byzantine choir from Volos “12 Apostles” and K. Nikoleris, director
  • Byzantine choir of Young People from Thessaly, M. Meletis, director
  • Dion Arivas-Attikos, baritone
  • Symphony Orchestra and Choir of the Music Academy of Sofia (Bulgaria), with young Greek musicians


  • Brahms “A German Requiem” for Soprano, Baritone, Choir and Orchestra
    (first Greek performance) with Mata Katsouli, soprano, and Damon Ploumis, baritone

  • Brahms “Academic Overture”, Symphony No.3, Mozart “Titus’ Overture”, Violin Concerto No.4, soloist: Mario Panni, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5, Symphony Orchestra and Choir of the Music Academy of Sofia conducted by George Hadjinikos

  • Haydn: “The Seven Last Words of Jesus”, Athens String Orchestra

Horto 1991

“Improvisation and Rhythm in Folk Music”

Seminars, Participants, Performances:

  • G. Papadakis
  • Alkis Raptis
  • Caty Karekla and prominent artists of Greek folk music
  • Spyros Vrachoritis and the Theatre Club of Volos presented excerpts from the works of Greek authors, with improvised musical accompaniment, in conjunction with theatrical improvisations on the text by the actors
  • “Villa de Madrid” The Spanish folk dance group demonstrated the relationship between spontaneity and rhythm, as applied to flamenco

“Improvisation in Classical Music”

Symposium, Participants:

  • Youth Symphony Orchestra from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, St.Petersburgh and Armenia under the direction of Odysseus Dimitriades
  • Victor Vassiliades with his string quartet
  • Vladimir Skanavis, pianist and professor at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music
  • Private lessons were given by Vladimir Skanavis, George Hadjinikos, Victor Vassiliades, Einar Johannessen, Paul Galbraith


Mozart: ‘Figaro’ Overture, ‘Halleluiah’ for Soprano, Symphony No.40, Dimitriadis: Canzonetta, Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, conductor: Odysseus Dimitriadis

Händel: Water Music, Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Beethoven: Symphony No.4. soloist: E. Johannessen, conductor: G. Hadjinikos

Beethoven: Leonora Overture No.3, Schubert: Symphony No.8 ”Unfinished”, Ives: The Unanswered Question, Mozart: Symphony No.41 “Jupiter” conductor: George Hadjinikos, conductor’s assistant: Janis Grapsas

Guitar Recital by Paul Galbraith

Quartet and solo concerts by participants of the seminar

Horto 1990

“Relations of Ancient Greek and Indian Art”

Seminars, Performances:

  • Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, poet, director, choreographer, musicologist from the theatrical company of Kerala, India
  • Silvamohan Thali & Parameswaran Pillai, musicians, India
  • Vasudevan Namboothiri & Challapan Pillal Srikumar, actors, India
  • Spyros Vrachoritis, director of the Theatre Club of Volos, Greece,
    Drama School of the National Theatre of Greece with students of the Panteion University
  • Yangos Andreades, dramatist
  • Peppi Rigopoulou, history of art
  • G. Papadakis, musicologist and Caty Karekla, Greek folk dances
  • “Foundations of Music Interpretation”
  • Seminars, Participants:
  • Youth Symphony Orchestra of Portugal (Ministry of Youth) with participation of young Greek musicians
  • Prof. L. David, violin
  • S. Langmarck, viola
  • C. Krieger, violoncello
  • P. Galbraith, guitar
  • M. Argyros, oboe
  • J. M. Palau Sala, conductor
  • G. Hadjinikos, conductor
  • Concerts:
  • Beethoven: “Coriolan” Overture, Violin Concerto, Symphony No.5, soloist: L. David, conductor: G. Hadjinikos
  • Mozart: Oboe Concerto, soloist: M. Argyros
  • Haydn: Cello Concerto, soloist: C. Krieger
  • Telemann: Viola Concerto, soloist: S. Langmarck
  • Rodrigo: Guitar Concerto, soloist: P. Galbraith, conductor: Jose Manuel Palau Sala

Horto 1989

“Interpreting Mozart”

Seminars, Performances, Participants:

  • Youth Symphony Orchestra of the State Conservatory of Music of Kosice (Czechoslovakia) with young Greek musicians
  • Roman Skrepek, director of Kosice’s State Opera, Chechoslovakia
  • George Hadjinikos, conductor
  • Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35, 38, 40, ‘Apollo and Hyacinth’
    His first opera (Mozart wrote at the age of 11), first Greek performance
  • Extracts from the opera “Cosi fan tutte”

Horto 1988

“Folk and Classic Music Affinities and Differences”

Seminars, Performances, Participants:

  • Youth Symphony Orchestra of Wiesbaden (Germany) with Greek young musicians from the Larissa Conservatoire
  • “Labyrinthos” Ensemble with Ross Daly
  • “Lublin” Polish Folk Dance Ensemble
  • Concerts given by the ensembles and a symphony concert (soloist, Paul Galbraith & conductor, George Hadjinikos) with works by Purcell, Vivaldi, Ponce, Beethoven and Skalkottas

Horto 1987

“Folklore and Tradition

Seminars, Performances, Lectures, Participants:

  • Swiss Folk Music with Groupe Folklorique Fribourgeois, Switzerland
  • “The ethnographic treasures of Agion Oros”, by Th. Provatakis, Ministry of Culture, Greece
  • Finish Folk Music with “Oravais and Värö”, Finland
  • “Folk music from the region of Ostrobothnia”, by Ann-May Nystedt, Finland
  • Folk Dance Groups of the Agraphiots of Volos, Working Girls ́ Club of Volos and Pontos Folk Dances Ensemble from Nea Ionia
  • “The cultural experience of an international folklore festival” presentation by Cyrill Renz, Switzerland
  • Seminar on “European and Indian Classical Music” with Ajit Singh, Vichitra Veena
  • B. K. Sen, sitar
  • John Protopappas, sitar & tabla
  • Concert by Youth Symphony Orchestra of Guildhall School of Music and Drama with conductors George Hadjinikos and R. Farnes

Horto 1986

Classical Theater, Ancient Theater, Shakespeare

Seminars, Performances, Participants:

  • Tony Church, UK, director of Guildhall School of Music and Drama and actor at Royal Shakespeare Company with “Romeo and Juliet” and “Lov́e's Labours Lost”, Guildhall School of Drama
  • “Antigone” by Theatre Club of Volos and Spyros Vrahoritis
  • “Erotokritos” and “The Phoenissae” by Sofia Spyratou and Maria Hors
  • “Electra”, Drama School of National Theatre of Greece
  • Patsy Rodenburg, phonetics in Central School of Theatre and Drama of the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Tassos Lignadis
  • Ion Zotos
  • Thanos Mihalas
  • Irini Konidari

Horto 1985

Music in Society

Seminars and Performances by:

  • Kostas Moundakis (Cretan Lyra)
  • Zouzou Nikoloudi (Choreographer)
  • D. Hagen
  • D. Vollen
  • Peter Owens
  • George Amargianakis

Horto 1984

Festival's Inauguration:

Participants and events:

  • Ruzmberska Kapela, Prague                                (Medieval Music)
  • Eugenios Spatharis, Karagiozis                             (Shadow Theatre)
  • Berry Smith and Blowzabella, UK                             (Music Puppet Show “Music and Comedy”)
  • Paul Galbraith, guitar soloist, UK
  • Divertimenti String Orchestra, UK conductor George Hadjinikos works by Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell, Schubert, Delius, Skalkottas and others