WEEK ONE 29 July to 5 August
WEEK TWO 5 to 12 August
John Georgiadis began playing the violin at the age of six, later studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Frederick Grinke. Two years as leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra were followed by eleven years leading the London Symphony Orchestra in two periods between 1965 and 1979.
As a violinist John appeared regularly as a soloist and recitalist both in the concert hall and on recordings, and from 1986 he led the Gabrieli String Quartet. In the mid 1970’s he took his first steps as a conductor, later studying for eight years with the legendary Romanian conductor and teacher Sergiu Celibidache. This led to a new career that took him all over the world working and recording with many great orchestras including the LSO, LPO, RPO, BBC Concert Orchestra, Bangkok Symphony and the Malaysian Philharmonic. Positions held include directing the London Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Bristol Sinfonia and Music Director of the Bangkok Symphony.
His work with young musicians has included being director of orchestral studies at the Royal Academy of Music and for more than a decade the conductor of the Essex County Youth Orchestra. He is an ardent Bruckner fan and has made a speciality of Viennese music, indeed his annual New Year’s Concerts at the Barbican now number into the forties and his CD recordings of Viennese music still top the sales charts! In 2008 he formed the Cinque Ports Ensemble in association with the Deal Festival whilst 2010 saw the end of his career as a violinist enabling him to concentrate solely on conducting which continues to take him both countrywide and worldwide.