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Nikos Xanthoulis (Greek: Νίκος Ξανθούλης; born 1962) is a Greek composer and trumpeter.


Principal trumpet player in the Greek National Opera (1984-)
Professor of trumpet, Harmony and counterpoint in the Athens Conservatory (1983-)
Tutor of the Greek Open University (2004-)
Assistant Researcher in the Academy of Athens
Head of the Educational in the Greek National Opera


Nikos Xanthoulis was born in Larissa, Greece in 1962. He studied trumpet with Anastasios Kypreos at the Athens Conservatory graduating with an “A” Certificate in 1983. He was also awarded the coveted “First Prize” at the conservatory for his achievement on performance examinations. During the same year, he became a member of the European youth Orchestra and played under conductors as Claudio Abbado and Yuri Simonof.

Dr. Xanthoulis also studied Advanced Theoritical Subjects and Composition in the Athens Conservatory with Menelaos Palandios, Diamantis Diamantopoulos and Pericles Koukos. He was awarded the degree Doctor of Music from the Music Academy of Sofia, Bulgaria with his dissertation on the “Polyphony of 1800”.He was a trumpeter. He also holds a degree in Political Science from the “Padion” University. He is the principal trumpet player in the Athens Opera for the last twenty-three years and performs as a soloist and member of numerous ensembles throughout Greece. He is also the professor of trumpet at the Athens Conservatory and serves as professor at the “Open University” Greece. He has also studied Harpsichord at the Vignanelli School of Athens (diploma) with Margarita Dalmati.

Many concerts featuring performances and compositions by N.Xanthoulis have been broadcast on Greek and Bulgarian radio programs. Two children’s operas were premiered by the Athens Opera (1998) and the Messinian Theatre (1999) to critical acclaim and commercial success. Dr. Xanthoulis has been invited by four American universities and the Music University of Tien Jin, China, in 2000 and 2001 for recitals and lectures on Greek music from the Antiquity till nowadays.

His investigation and translations on the theory of the ancient Greek music was presented in lecture at the Boston University in 2003 at the Concordia University (Montreal), and in Ottawa. He composed the music for the Aeschylian tragedy “Eumenides” which was presented in the frame of the EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL (August 2004). He has released three personal CDs and participated in two more CDs (published in Italy and Germany). The KEDROS edition published his symphonic tales “The selfish giant” (Oscar Wilde: book and CD recorded in Montreal) which it was a “best seller” between the children’s books in Greece till September 2005 and the "Happy Prince" (2007: book and CD). As a soloist he has performed with many Orchestras and in various Festivals (Ferenc Liszt Orchestra in the Athens Festival, International Festival of Sarajevo, Tashkent Symphony orchestra, Philharmony of Sofia, Tien Jin Symphony Orchestra in China, Thessalonica State Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra, National Symphony Radio Orchestra). The well-known Edition “Daedalus- Zacharopoulos” published his treatise on Ancient Greek Music in 2006.

Main compositions

Concerto for trumpet and orchestra(1995, Editions ORPHEUS)
Fantasia for trumpet and piano (Editions ORPHEUS, 2005)
"The tear of the moon "children's opera (Greek National Opera, 1999)
"The Selfish Giant" children's opera (Kalamata Municipal Theater, 2000)
"Ismini" of Ghiannis Ritsos for violin and piano (Kalamata Municipal Theater, 2001)
Fantasia preludio e fuga for piano and strings (Dimitris Papatheodorou (piano), Radio Orchestra of Modern music, Athens, 2002)
"O Plythintikos Arithmos" on the poetry of Kiki Dimoula (Athens, 2002)
Concerto for 2 guitars and string orchestra (Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stelios and Vassilis, Athens 2003)
Eumenides of Aeschylus, incidental music (Epidaurus, Herodion, 2004)
Concerto for 4 horns and symphony orchestra (Athens, 2005)
"The Happy Prince" (2007) symphonic tale for symphony orchestra, soprano, baryton and narrator
"The Iliad" (2008)
Incidental music for "Helen" by Euripides ("Knossos" Theater 2008)
Incidental music for "Agamemnon" by Aeschylus (Athens Greek Festival, 2009)
"Helioghenniti" on poetry by Kostis Palamas. Cantata for Bass and Mezzosoprano and orchestra (Academy of Athens, 2009)
"Poems of Kostas Papageorgiou" (Athens 2010)
"L' enfant de la mer" French children's opera (2010)

Books and Theoretical Treatises

Trumpet Technic (Athens, 1985)
Prout, Richter and Gedalge three theoreticians of the fugue in the 2nd half of the 19th century. (Doctoral dissertation, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1993)
The art of breathing (Athens, 1996)
Techne Mousikes" Cleonides, Aristoxenus, Anonymous Bellerman:

The Ancient Greek Music Theory - introduction and translation into modern Greek by Nikos Xanthoulis (Daedalus-Zacharopoulos, Athens 2006)



"Works by Greek Composers for Trumpet" (Athens, 1993)
"The Selfish Giant" a symphonic tale for symphony orchestra, children's choir and two singers (Kedros, Athens / Montreal, 2004)
"O Plythintikos Arithmos" on the poetry of Kiki Dimoula (Athens, 2002)
"An Anthology of Compositions" (Athens, 2003)
"Happy Prince",a symphonic tale for symphony orchestra, children's choir and two singers (Kedros, Athens, 2007)


"Tribute to Astor" (Milano, 2001)
"Music for Brass" (Agora, 1999)
"Greek composers for children choir and symphonic orchestra" (Malliaras, 2008)

See also

Homepage of Nikos Xanthoulis

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