Panagiotis Kougioumtzoglou

Panagiotis Kougioumtzoglou was born in Thessaloniki in 1983 and he took his first steps in music at the age of 5. In 2002 he graduated from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki obtaining a grade of “Unanimously Excellent” and the Second Prize for outstanding performance, after having studied with professors B. Ganev and Κ. Hasiotis. From 2002 until 2007 he took classes with D. Kitsos. He has participated in seminars with B. Belomajov, H. Gaunt, J. Petrov and J. Kiss. In 1999 he won the 3rd prize in the district of Northern Greece and the 3rd prize in the panhellenic student music competition in the wind instruments category. In 2001 he won the 2nd prize (the 1st prize was not awarded) in the panhellenic wind instruments competition which was organised by the Modern Conservatory of Thessaloniki. In 2008 he won the 1st prize in this competition, along with a merit for outstanding performance.

He has participated in many concerts and festivals in Greece, namely in Thessaloniki, Syros, Athens, etc., and abroad, in Spain, Luxembourg, Germany, Lithuania, Bulgaria, etc., under renowned conductors such as Jacques Delacôte, Emil Tabakov, Amaury du Closel, Paul Chiang, Alexandros Myrat, et al. From 2004 until today, he has been a lead member of the symphony orchestra of the Municipality of Thessaloniki and solo oboist in the symphony orchestra of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he has also collaborated as a soloist in Spain and Greece. In 2011 he began his collaboration with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, which continues to this day.

He has collaborated with leading musical ensembles such as the Athens Camerata and the Royal Danish Orchestra. He is also a founding member of the Wind Quintet of Thessaloniki and of the chamber orchestra “Contra Tempo”.

Moreover, he has worked as a teacher in the music schools of Thessaloniki, Drama and Serres, as well as in various conservatories, for many years. Since 2010 he is responsible for the oboe class of the Municipal Conservatory of Drama.

He has participated in many recordings, including several with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and the chamber music ensemble “DissonArt” for Naxos, with the record label Lyra for the album “Homer’s Odyssey” by N. Kazantzis with Savvina Giannatou, and also for the Archdiocese of Athens.