Biography

Present

Zoe Zeniodi is the Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Principal Conductor of the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the “Asia-Europe” New Music Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam, Artistic Advisor of the Festival of the Aegean and Artistic Director of “Consonances” annual music series for the Onassis Foundation Scholars’ Association. Since 2016 she is a Fellow of the Hart Institute of Women Conductors (Dallas Opera) where she has taken part in concerts and workshops in Dallas opera, San Francisco Opera and Julliard School of Music, NY. Recent highlights include concerts with Stephen Hough and Lise de la Salle with Bogota Philharmonic. She is the first woman to ever conduct at Opera Southwest (“I Pagliacci” 2017) and had her Carnegie Hall Debut with the New England Symphonic Ensemble in 2017.

She has conducted opera and ballet productions at Florida Grand Opera, Opera Southwest, National Greek Opera, Onassis Cultural Center, Festival of the Aegean and the University of Miami. In concert and recording she has conducted orchestras such as: Bogota Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, South Czech Philharmonic, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, Pan-European Philharmonia, Palm Beach Symphony, Tokyo Star Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toscana Classica, National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Greece, Camerata Athens, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, Bogota Youth Philharmonic (FFJ), Florida Youth Orchestra, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE), ARTéfacts Ensemble and 21st Ensemble, among others.

Past

Previous positions include: Artistic & Music Director of the Broward Symphony Orchestra (2010-2016), Chief Conductor of the MOYSA Youth Symphony Orchestra (2015), Assistant/Cover Conductor for the Florida Grand Opera (2012-2015), Music Director & Principal Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra (2013-2015), Associate Music Director & Conductor of the Festival of the Aegean (2013-2015) and Associate Conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra (2007-2011). She has also taken part in prestigious music courses where she has conducted the Cleveland Orchestra and the Stockholm Sinfonietta.

Recordings

She has recorded for the Greek National Radio, both as a conductor (championing contemporary music by Greek composers) and as a pianist. She has released three commercial recordings on the Albany Records to critical acclaim: Thomas Sleeper’s “Translucence” (Brno Philharmonic) and “XENIA” (Frost Symphony Orchestra), as well as Frank Ticheli’s master song-cycle “An American Dream” (Frost Symphony Orchestra). She also released “ThivaKm102” with the ARTéfacts Ensemble (Puzzlemusik) and Thomas Sleeper’s “Through a Glass darkly” and “Vocal Music” with the 21st Ensemble (Uroboros Music). In 2019, her recording of Sleeper’s Bassoon Concerto and Symphony no. 3 with the Brno Philharmonic will be released, and future plans include recording of the complete piano oeuvre of Thomas Sleeper.

World Premieres and Contemporary Projects

Zoe has premiered and recorded Thomas Sleeper's works Hetaera Esmeralda, Translucence, XENIA, Parallages, Sisters Antipodes, Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Through a Glass Darkly, among others. A champion of new music, she has conducted projects like Romitelli’s “An Index of Metals” for the Onassis Cultural Center and is the Principal Guest Conductor for the International “Asia-Europe” New Music Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam and Kazan, Tatarstan. She is also the Artistic Director of the concert series “Consonances” presented yearly at the Onassis Cultural Center through the Onassis Foundation Scholars Association of which she is the President.

Piano

As a solo and collaborative pianist, Zoe has appeared in major concert halls and festivals in England (eg. Purcell Room, St Martin in the Fields, St James’s Piccadilly), France (eg. Montpellier Festival, Guibwiller Festival), Germany (eg. Alte Oper Frankfurt, Toscana Saal Würzburg, Rheinsberg Festival, Halle, Kierl, Leipzig, Dortmund, Berlin, Cologne), Russia (Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Kazan), Austria (Wienersaal Salzburg), Belgium (European Union Hall), Holland (The Hague Embassy Festival), Croatia (Lisinsky Concert Hall), Venezuela (Banco Consolidado), Greece (eg. Onassis Cultural Center, Greek Opera House, Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls), Italy, Mauritius and the USA, among others.

In 2003 she was named a Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music. She has worked as a coach for singers at: Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Nice Summer Academy, Mozarteum University and Summer Academy, Abingdon School for Singers, Greek National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Royal College of Music, Greek National Conservatory, University of Miami, among many others.

Education

She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts and an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting (University of Miami). Zoe studied conducting with Thomas Sleeper at the Frost School of Music and took part in masterclasses with Marin Alsop (USA), Daniel Harding (Sweden), Renato Balsadonna (USA, England), Helmuth Rilling (USA) and Bruno Aprea (Spain).

She completed her Master and Bachelor Degrees in Piano Performance and Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music (London) as well as Postgraduate Diplomas in Solo and Ensemble Performance. During her piano studies, she won all the piano accompaniment prizes and competitions at the Royal College of Music (Nicholas King Prize, Cudworth Memorial Prize, Keith Falkner Prize, Robert Sutherland Prize, Kaye Wheeler Prize, Van Someren Godfery Prize, Premier Ensemble Prize). She also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Accompaniment at the Mozarteum (Salzburg). Her piano professors were: Ida Rosenkranz-Margaritis, John Blakely and Hartmut Höll. She also studied with Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, Dalton Baldwin, Irwin Gage, Rudolf Jannsen, Norman Shetler, Sir Thomas Allen, Wolfgang Holzmair and Sarah Walker, among many others.

During her studies, she received scholarships and grants from the Alexandros Onassis Foundation, the Friends of Music Society, the Propondis Foundation, the Royal College of Music and the University of Miami, where she was also a Teaching Assistant for 5 years.

Present

Zoe Zeniodi is the Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Principal Conductor of the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the “Asia-Europe” New Music Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam, Artistic Advisor of the Festival of the Aegean and Artistic Director of “Consonances” annual music series for the Onassis Foundation Scholars’ Association. Since 2016 she is a Fellow of the Hart Institute of Women Conductors (Dallas Opera) where she has taken part in concerts and workshops in Dallas opera, San Francisco Opera and Julliard School of Music, NY. Recent highlights include concerts with Stephen Hough and Lise de la Salle with Bogota Philharmonic. She is the first woman to ever conduct at Opera Southwest (“I Pagliacci” 2017) and had her Carnegie Hall Debut with the New England Symphonic Ensemble in 2017.

She has conducted opera and ballet productions at Florida Grand Opera, Opera Southwest, National Greek Opera, Onassis Cultural Center, Festival of the Aegean and the University of Miami. In concert and recording she has conducted orchestras such as: Bogota Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, South Czech Philharmonic, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, Pan-European Philharmonia, Palm Beach Symphony, Tokyo Star Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toscana Classica, National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Greece, Camerata Athens, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, Bogota Youth Philharmonic (FFJ), Florida Youth Orchestra, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE), ARTéfacts Ensemble and 21st Ensemble, among others.

Past

Previous positions include: Artistic & Music Director of the Broward Symphony Orchestra (2010-2016), Chief Conductor of the MOYSA Youth Symphony Orchestra (2015), Assistant/Cover Conductor for the Florida Grand Opera (2012-2015), Music Director & Principal Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra (2013-2015), Associate Music Director & Conductor of the Festival of the Aegean (2013-2015) and Associate Conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra (2007-2011). She has also taken part in prestigious music courses where she has conducted the Cleveland Orchestra and the Stockholm Sinfonietta.

Recordings

She has recorded for the Greek National Radio, both as a conductor (championing contemporary music by Greek composers) and as a pianist. She has released three commercial recordings on the Albany Records to critical acclaim: Thomas Sleeper’s “Translucence” (Brno Philharmonic) and “XENIA” (Frost Symphony Orchestra), as well as Frank Ticheli’s master song-cycle “An American Dream” (Frost Symphony Orchestra). She also released “ThivaKm102” with the ARTéfacts Ensemble (Puzzlemusik) and Thomas Sleeper’s “Through a Glass darkly” and “Vocal Music” with the 21st Ensemble (Uroboros Music). In 2019, her recording of Sleeper’s Bassoon Concerto and Symphony no. 3 with the Brno Philharmonic will be released, and future plans include recording of the complete piano oeuvre of Thomas Sleeper.

World Premieres and Contemporary Projects

Zoe has premiered and recorded Thomas Sleeper's works Hetaera Esmeralda, Translucence, XENIA, Parallages, Sisters Antipodes, Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Through a Glass Darkly, among others. A champion of new music, she has conducted projects like Romitelli’s “An Index of Metals” for the Onassis Cultural Center and is the Principal Guest Conductor for the International “Asia-Europe” New Music Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam and Kazan, Tatarstan. She is also the Artistic Director of the concert series “Consonances” presented yearly at the Onassis Cultural Center through the Onassis Foundation Scholars Association of which she is the President.

Piano

As a solo and collaborative pianist, Zoe has appeared in major concert halls and festivals in England (eg. Purcell Room, St Martin in the Fields, St James’s Piccadilly), France (eg. Montpellier Festival, Guibwiller Festival), Germany (eg. Alte Oper Frankfurt, Toscana Saal Würzburg, Rheinsberg Festival, Halle, Kierl, Leipzig, Dortmund, Berlin, Cologne), Russia (Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Kazan), Austria (Wienersaal Salzburg), Belgium (European Union Hall), Holland (The Hague Embassy Festival), Croatia (Lisinsky Concert Hall), Venezuela (Banco Consolidado), Greece (eg. Onassis Cultural Center, Greek Opera House, Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls), Italy, Mauritius and the USA, among others.

In 2003 she was named a Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music. She has worked as a coach for singers at: Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Nice Summer Academy, Mozarteum University and Summer Academy, Abingdon School for Singers, Greek National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Royal College of Music, Greek National Conservatory, University of Miami, among many others.

Education

She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts and an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting (University of Miami). Zoe studied conducting with Thomas Sleeper at the Frost School of Music and took part in masterclasses with Marin Alsop (USA), Daniel Harding (Sweden), Renato Balsadonna (USA, England), Helmuth Rilling (USA) and Bruno Aprea (Spain).

She completed her Master and Bachelor Degrees in Piano Performance and Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music (London) as well as Postgraduate Diplomas in Solo and Ensemble Performance. During her piano studies, she won all the piano accompaniment prizes and competitions at the Royal College of Music (Nicholas King Prize, Cudworth Memorial Prize, Keith Falkner Prize, Robert Sutherland Prize, Kaye Wheeler Prize, Van Someren Godfery Prize, Premier Ensemble Prize). She also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Accompaniment at the Mozarteum (Salzburg). Her piano professors were: Ida Rosenkranz-Margaritis, John Blakely and Hartmut Höll. She also studied with Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, Dalton Baldwin, Irwin Gage, Rudolf Jannsen, Norman Shetler, Sir Thomas Allen, Wolfgang Holzmair and Sarah Walker, among many others.

During her studies, she received scholarships and grants from the Alexandros Onassis Foundation, the Friends of Music Society, the Propondis Foundation, the Royal College of Music and the University of Miami, where she was also a Teaching Assistant for 5 years.