Erato Alakiozidou belongs to a group of fine and select musicians of Thessaloniki,actively involved in contemporary music. The last few years she has taken a special interest in the study and promote of works by 20th & 21st century Greek composers. She was born in Thessaloniki and studied piano at the State Conservatory of Greece with E. Papazoglou. She received her diploma with the highest distinction in 1990.She has furthered her postgraduate studies with Julia and Constantine Ganevi (Greece, Belgium), Roberto Szidon(Germany, Switzerland) and Lilly Boyadjieva in Paris(Conservatoire de Villepinte)from where she received her «Diplome Superiere du piano» with the highest distinction and the first prize. Αlso she attended a number of master classes by distinguished artists such as: S. Dimitrova ,C. Cuidici, A. Speranza ,M. Newmann.
In addition, under Macedonian Conservatory’s scholarship , she completed her advanced theory studies with D. Athanasiadis ,obtaining diplomas in Harmony, Counterpoint ,Orchestration and Fugue.One of her mentors for many years has been the distinguished pianist, conductor and composer Nikos Astrinidis ,whose works she often performs.
She regularly gives recitals or participates in chamber music concerts and summer festivals of contemporary music e.g. those of Athens , Thessaloniki and other cities of Greece as well as in U.K,Switzerland, Germany, Belgium,Italy,Poland,Turkey, Serbia and Bulgaria.
Distinguished contemporary composers have dedicated some of their works to her and she performed their world premieres.
She also has performed in important concert halls and festivals:Center of Russian Music-Goldsmiths University(UK), Musica Polonica Nova (Poland),I Concerti del Chiostro,Sentieri Mediterranei,Lab festival,Camino Festival(Italy),Klasik Keyifler & Izmir University(Turkey),
Pianissimo Festival” (Bulgaria), Fontantion Pierre Gianada (Switzerland), Guarnerius Hall (Belgrade),Demetria Festival (GR), Sani Festival (GR), “Music of the World” Festival (GR), “Eleftheria” Festival (GR), Festival of Symi (GR), ” Thessaloniki Concert Hall (GR), Benaki Museum (GR), Concert Hall of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR), University of Macedonia (GR), Archealogical Museum of Thessaloniki (GR), Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki (GR), etc.
She has collaborated with the symphonic orchestra “Nae Leonard” Galati of Romania and with the Orchestra of Colors as a member of the “Tangos a Cuatro” quartet. She is a founder member and artistic director of the ensembles “Tangos a Cuatro” and of the contemporary music ensemble “Idee Fixe”.
She recorded for the Greek and Bulgarian state television and for the German southwest broadcasting corporation.Her repertoire includes a wide range of important classical and contemporary works.
Since 2000, she is actively involved in contemporary music.
The most important productions in which she participated organizing as well as performing are: “Echosynkyria 2000 & 2001” – recordings (in rare CD-R of numbered copies by the Photography Museum of Thessaloniki), Oblation to the works of N. Astrinidis collaborating with the Greek Musicians Union (2003). Oblation to the 20th century with works for contrabass and piano collaborating with V. Papavasiliou – (2001 & 2003). Thessaloniki-Olympic City 2004 “Open Routes”.“Tangos a Cuatro” (2005) – works of Greek composers, inspired by tango & Collaboration with the Orchestra of Colors (2007 & 2009) – works specifically written for quartet.The Universe of Russian Avant gard-(idee fixe ensemble 2011 & 2012), beartive projects(since 2013).
She has recorded works of Astor Piazzolla with the quartet “Tangos a Cuatro” for Protasis Productions (2003-PR 1058-2) and works of Astor Piazzola based on poems of J.L. Borges in the cd “Somebody is talking to tango” with ankh productions (2007-c 2202-2).In 2009 she has recorded works(selected by the composer himself) of greek composer Nikos Astrinidis “(90th birthday anniversary-Nikos Astrinidis”-subways music (2010-SM101).This production was chosen as one of the best recordings in 2010 from the Union of Greek Reviewers for Theatre and Music.
Among others she is working in other fields of artistic organizations and productions.
She has organized international seminars, concerts and the International Summer Music Academy since 2012 in collaboration with Greek conservatories.
In collaboration with the German pianist Thomas Wellen, she has redacted the piano sonatas of J. Haydn, which are published by the Music Melody Maker editions.She has been writing for the art magazine “Avlea”, creating the column “Music and Musicians” and since 2008 she is the creator and director of the “Con Fuoco” magazine, being published by the Teachers’ Association of the Municipal Conservatory of Thermi.
Since 2000 she has been working as a accompaniment pianist (head of the department) and as an Interantional Coordinator (since 2012)at the State Conservatory of Greece. Since 1991 she has been teaching piano at the Municipal Conservatory of Thermi (MCT)and since 2002 she was appointed Artistic Director of the MCT.
In 2004 she founded the international contemporary music festival “Synthermia”. Since 2007 she is a member of the Panel of Experts of the Alumni Association of Thessaloniki Conservatories .
She has received excellent critiques for her entire presence in the artistic domain. In 2008 the Union of Greek Reviewers for Theatre and Music awarded the Municipal Conservatory of Thermi for the successful organization of the “Synthermia” festival but also for her entire artistic activities with the “Honorary Distinction for cultural organisation, active outside the capital of Greece”.