The inspiration behind the Non-Profit Foundation Angelinis-Hadjinikou and the leading figure throughout most of its history is Mrs. Pia Hadjinikou-Angelini.
She had an immensely successful career as an impresario based in Athens, bringing the finest international artists to Greece, including classical musicians, orchestras, ballets, theatres, operas, chamber ensembles, choirs, and many folk and dance groups.
She founded her agency in 1959 and over the years introduced the people of Greece to renowned artistic groups ranging from the Ballet Rambert to the Virtuosi di Roma, from the Japanese State Theatre Noh Kanzekai to the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden, as well as individual world-famous artists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Claudio Arrau, Marcel Marceau, Samuel Barber, and Benjamin Britten.
In 1984 she decided on the strength of her success, experience and organisational skills to create a summer festival in her family's native birthplace, the village of Horto.
In this she was ably assisted and complemented by her brother, George Hadjinikos who, throughout most of its 32 years had been an active teacher and performer, as well as the Festival's artistic director.
George Hadjinikos, who passed away in November 2015 at the age of 92, was a distinguished piano soloist, conductor, teacher, philosopher of music and author.
His musical studies took him from Volos to the Athens Conservatoire, and from there to the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and later on to Munich, Hamburg, France and Switzerland, before taking up a position at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where taught for 27 years.