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George Vranos was born in Athens in 1969.
 He was the Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra since 2014-2017.

 In 2010, he was appointed as assistant professor and since 2015 associate professor in "Orchestra Conducting", at the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. He’s been frequently cooperated with the Greek National Opera, the Athens State Orchestra, the Athens Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Cyprus.


   He graduated from the “Hochschule Fur Musik” in Munich (H. Michael’s class), where he studied with a scholarship from the Foundation “Alexander A. Onassis”. He studied Music Theory with A. Amarantidis and piano (diploma) with If. Papadogianni at the National Conservatory of Athens.
The fact that his was the artistic director of his first orchestra (Symphony Orchestra of the University LMU -Abaco Orchester- in Munich), for two concecutive years, as a graduate student, was commented with enthousiasm by the German press (Suddeutsche Zeitung, Munchner Merkur etc.) and defined his symphonic repertoire and his collaborations with young artists in the coming years.

His participation in famous H.Rilling masterclass played an important role to his future works in Oratorio pieces and Alte Musik works, as well as his cooperation with the  International Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Stuttgart’s Festival, where he conducted Verdi's Requiem and Messa per Rossini.

 He worked as a First Conductor and Deputy General Music Director (G.M.D.)in Regensburg Opera (2003-2008) and in the State Opera of Coburg (2008-2010), where he was also the Artistic Director of the Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2004 he appointed as General Music Director (G.M.D.)of the Regensburg Opera. Their opera productions (Carmen, Norma, Lulu, Un ballo in maschera etc.) and their symphonic concerts, often with the cooperation of the famous children's choir of Domspatzen and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Regensburg Opera, received thrusting reviews from the German and the international press. As a Second  Conductor at the Pforzheim Opera (1997-2003), he conducted several works beyond the classical repertoire and also many premieres, often in cooperation with the Chamber Orchestra of Southwest German.
He has also worked with several Operas (Flensburg Opera, Trier Opera).

 For two consecutive years (1998-1999), he was the Artistic Director of the cultural events in honor of Maria Callas in Gasteig and Prinzregenten-Theater in Munich, with the Munich Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Petersburg Kammerphilharmonie.

     During his tenure, as Artistic Director of TSSO. the number of listeners in TSSO increased by far, while the orchestra's collaborations with other cultural institutions in the city, consulates, educational institutions, etc. were expanded. Several great concerts were granted by the German Consulate in Thessaloniki, the last of which was the "Alpine Symphony" of R.Strauss in September 2016, under the conducting of G. Vranos, while the culmination of this cooperation was the very important concert of TSSO in Munich, in honor of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, the expenses of which were taken over by the Foreign Ministry. of the Federal Republic of Germany. One of the goals of G. Varnos as Director of TSSO was the greatest possible extroversion of the orchestra and the familiarization of young people with symphonic music. Many concerts were performed in non-traditional concert venues such as squares and canyons (concert in Rocka Kissamos, Crete, with 6000 spectators), up to Diavata's prisons.

 In January 2017 he was honored by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for his collaboration as the Director of the TSSO with students of musical studies of the University in the framework of the Practical Exercise of TSSO.