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Rev.: 15.05.2018

Siegener Zeitung 26.3.18

The exciting programme featured music by Brahms, Strauss and Webern – bravissimo!

Tsialis interpreted [Brahms’] four-movement Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 with calm brilliance and a good instinct for the piece’s changes of musical mood. In fact, Tsialis’s style went down well not only with the extremely enthusiastic musicians in the South Westphalia Philharmonic but also the concentrated audience. Tsialis conducts conventionally in the best sense of the word: soundly, sensitively, very precisely, without airs and graces, with commensurate passion for the music, and intelligibly for the orchestra.

RuhrNachrichten 16.4.18

Music brings colour to black and white images
Chaplin’s film score restored by Timothy Brock in 2000 is percussive. At times reminiscent of Gershwin, it always echoes the beat and rhythm of machines. The musicians in the Dortmund Philharmonic exquisitely brought out the colourful aspects of the score, while Stefanos Tsialis guided the orchestra through this beautiful music with his calm conducting perfectly in time with the images on the screen and on the small monitor next to his rostrum.
Musicians’ playing in a class of its own
The percussionists and brass were in a class of their own on this evening, the woodwinds (reinforced by saxophones) were perfectly balanced, and the sweet, late-Romantic sounds of the strings accompanying the romantic scenes by the sea resounded with impeccable cohesion.

Efsyn 13.2.18

by Yannis Svolos

Stefanos Tsialis conducted with luxuriant strength and visible vigour. He made full use of the enthusiasm of all the musicians and the extraordinary contributions of the wind players, offered thrilling performances bristling with Mediterranean pathos, vitality, mobility and pulsating rhythm, and superbly expressed the ‘Judaeo-Spanish’ colouring of this reading of the national school.

Athinorama 16.2.18

by Eftykhios Khoriatakis

The real surprise of the evening came in the first section, when compositions by Manuel de Falla were heard: first the ‘Interludio’ and the ‘Spanish Dance’ from his opera Life is Short followed by the two symphonic suites written using music from the ballet The Three-Cornered Hat. Tsialis’s conducting entirely corresponded to the music’s authentic Spanish style (which can by no means be taken for granted!) consisting in the interplay of hot-bloodedness, pathos and elegance, and far removed from folkloric lightness and cheap showmanship. He coaxed a focused, soft, clear tone, a smooth gait of rare amiability, and impeccable playing with melodic, rhythmic liveliness from the utterly alert orchestra. He hit the right tempos, expressively emphasized minutiae, and ensured the fluid narration of the scenes from The Three-Cornered Hat without losing sight of detail.

Bayerische Staatszeitung 6.2.17

Intense tone

by Uwe Mitsching

The Nuremberg audience found this re-encounter both entertaining and moving, and enthusiastically applauded the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and the accomplished visitor from Athens for this precise, tonally intense, consummately professional performance.

Dolomiten 24.11.16

By Feruccio delle Cave 

... Under the direction of outstanding Greek conductor Stefanos Tsialis, the Haydn Orchestra displayed itself from the outset as a finely tuned ensemble ...

L'ape musicale

By Federica Fanizza

The conductor's simple, accurate gestures and the orchestra's precise response enabled the concert to proceed smoothly. It was a lesson in music by the Greek conductor, clear and precise, in complete harmony with the Bulgarian pianist and trumpeter Bertold Stecher, whose spirit clearly brought out the delicate performance of the concerto by Shostakovich. The rapt audience was rewarded with a repetition of the fourth movement (Allegro con brio). Pianist, conductor and trumpeter (a soloist in the Haydn Orchestra) shared the well-deserved success.

II Corriere dello Adige 24.11.16

by Giancarlo Riccio

And equally compelling on the rostrum was Greek conductor Stefano Tsialis ... The performance of compositions by Theodorakis was enthralling, as were the compositions by Beethoven in the second part of the concerts in Bolzano and Trento, especially his Eighth Symphony ... There was intense, joyful applause from all sides. 5/10/14

by Alexis Spaniatis

Greek soul

....The tempestuous opening of the work (the Carnival Overture) left no room for any doubt. It was immediately apparent that we were in the presence of an eminent conductor, with a clear conceptual understanding, absolute control of the orchestra, a sense of rhythm, and – the mark of a great musician – the ability to communicate. The orchestra followed his frenetic beat with a sense of euphoria which was transmitted to the audience. All at once, the music sparkled before us fresh, immediate and sensual.

....The concert came to a splendid conclusion with one of the loveliest performances of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 that I have ever heard. The orchestra worked as one, more so than I have ever experienced before. An excellent wind section, delicate strings, brilliant percussion… Tsialis was clearly in his element with every note of the music, and conveyed this not only to the orchestra, but also to the audience...


Athinorama 15/10/14

by Eftychios Choriatakis

A promising start with Tsialis: the first two concerts prove a success

... first there was a wonderful performance of Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, in which the rapid tempi never once obscured the transparency of the orchestral sound. The incredibly translucent strings, the beautiful timbre of the woodwind section, and the stability of the brass sound paid homage to the festive, Dionysian character of the work.

... The interpretation of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 made an equally strong impression with its power, exuberance and warmth, which reflected the ‘joie de vivre’ promised by the concert’s title.... Tsialis demonstrated a deep understanding of the unambiguously romantic language of Dvorak’s music, as was also apparent from the encore: an elegant, yearning performance of a Slavonic dance.

...To the extent that the selected pieces required the orchestra’s strengths to be tested to the full and incorporated frequent solo performances, the concert provided confirmation that the orchestra is on excellent form, as well as demonstrating the obvious chemistry between the musicians and their new chief conductor (concert of film music, 12 October 2014). The latter, who has considerable experience in the film music genre, confidently served up expressive phrasing and a perpetual sense of tension..... Moreover, (this concert) confirmed the impression of many in the audience that the indisputably communicative charisma of Tsialis – including in his role as MC – might prove one of the orchestra’s secret weapons. His skills as a conductor and the quality of the state orchestra must thankfully be adjudged to be beyond doubt...


I Kathimerini 12/10/14

by Nikos Dontas

An excellent debut by Tsialis

Optimism reigned on 3 October 2014 in the Christos Lambrakis Room (of the Megaron in Athens) at the opening concert of the new season for Athens State Orchestra. Its communicative new chief conductor, Stefanos Tsialis, made a positive debut in his new job with his selection of two works by Dvorak.

... Tsialis appeared both to stand guarantor for the discipline of the orchestra and to possess the affability to convey the warmth which radiates from this music.


I Efimerida ton Syntakton 5/10/14

by Jannis Svolos

Tsialis puts in a convincing performance

...In conclusion, all those who found themselves at the concert hall on 3 October 2014 were able to enjoy an outstandingly successful concert which fully lived up to its theme of ‘Lebensfreude’ (Joie de vivre), a title which might so easily have proved a hostage to fortune.

... The evening began with a brilliant, noisy and extrovert interpretation of Dvorak’s Carnival Overture. Rousing, immediate, exciting, pugnaciously pacy and with its symphonic sound organised rather well – albeit somewhat generically – Tsialis’s version was like an imperative, radiant eruption of joy. Solo performances by members of the orchestra also made a decisive contribution to the excellent overall impression.

... we enjoyed a performance of Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, which was characterised by Dionysian euphoria and played from first to last with impetuous passion, power and extrovert enthusiasm.


‘Das Orchester’, March 2013

by Jan Kreyßig

The success of the Grieg may well have been attributable to the good work done by the departing conductor Stefanos Tsialis. Although the direction of the fifth concert for season ticket holders of the Thuringian Philharmonic Orchestra Gotha was in the experienced hands of its guest conductor ..., the tight, consistent orchestral sound and the climactic tension achieved during this rendition of the Norwegian national composer’s Symphonic Dances, op. 64, were clearly due in no small part to the hard work spent building up the orchestra over the last three years. The fifty-one core members – reinforced by about ten outside musicians – demonstrated at Gotha’s Kulturhaus the passion, precision and quality – exhibited by all the sections – which can be achieved even in relatively small towns where music is cherished.

Thüringische Landeszeitung 30.12.12

by Hans-Jürgen Thiers

..after he once again shared the bounty of his painstaking and meticulous artistic work with the orchestra at the Kulturhaus on Friday, with his performance of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor. He bade farewell to an orchestra which, in terms of the cohesion of its playing technique, tone and musicality, has reconnected with standards which were once taken for granted, is able to breathe new life into the wonderfully expressive music, and has clearly learned to live with the recurrent problem of an undermanned string section. ..Tsialis wanted his audience to genuinely experience the unbridled power of the titan who was Beethoven, as he resolutely followed the path out of the shadows and into the light, an interpretation of this last of the maestro’s symphonies which has achieved legendary status. The result was a thrilling performance constructed around a core of serenity, which owed its almost magical radiance to the solid foundation created for it by Tsialis, which he was now able to invoke to compelling effect.

Thüringische Landeszeitung 01.09.12 by Julia Stadter

The Thuringia Philharmonic Gotha launched its new season with a sparkling evening of french music, in the course of which the orchestra and its conductor provided further evidence of the musical maturity they have developed over the last few years in pieces by Berlioz, Saint Saens and Franck... But the crowning glory of the evening was an example of french symphonic work at its finest: César Franck´s symphony in d-minor, which the Thuringian Philharmonic and Stefanos Tsialis performed with vigorous sonority and great expressive will, ratcheting up the tension with admirable skill...Riveting and impressive to the very last note.

I Kathimerini (Athens) 19.08.12 by Nikos Dontas

Tsialis, the principal conductor of the Thuringia Philharmonic in Gotha since 2009, opted on the whole for rapid tempi, yet without appearing  rushed ... On the contrary, despite the relatively brisk pace there was room to express the dynamic nuances which allow the music to have a strong pulse without sounding flat and monotone. Tsialis, the principal conductor of the Thuringia Philharmonic in Gotha since 2009, opted on the whole for rapid tempi, yet without appearing  rushed ... On the contrary, despite the relatively brisk pace there was room to express the dynamic nuances which allow the music to have a strong pulse without sounding flat and monotone. The second movement, in which Tsialis hushed the volume to such a degree that the English horn solo seemed to float above the other parts, was simply enchanting.

Thüringische Landeszeitung 05.01.12 by Wolfgang Hirsch

...This enabled Tsialis to demonstrate how pragmatically he could steer his craft; he has painstakingly moulded the orchestra into shape and infected its musicians with his own panache. His dedication deserves our respect.

Thüringische Landeszeitung 28.05.11 by Hans-Jürgen Thiers

Over the course of time, the conductor appears to have succeeded in his unswerving and resolute endeavour to propel the musicians out of their comfort zone, motivating them to immerse themselves once again in the music and be receptive to its nuances in their playing, thereby rekindling their own interest in it – an excellent achievement!

Thüringische Landeszeitung 16.04.11 by Julia Stadter

In Bruckner’s fourth ‘Romantic’ symphony, Tsialis excelled himself with his highly nuanced interpretation and  powerful contrasts in sound... During the finale, splendid musical gestures were piled one on top of the other, building deliberately towards moments of sudden resolution. His interpolation of clear caesurae before each new wave of intensification was typical of his exciting approach as a conductor.

Thüringische Landeszeitung 22.01.11 by Hans-Jürgen Thiers

Stefanos Tsialis, principal conductor for more than a year now, is turning out to be a godsend for the orchestra. His name has clearly become synonymous with dependable, well-focused artistry, many of the positive elements of which – the mood created by the wind parts and the harmony, the rhythmic clarity and the vibrant dynamics – can already be distinguished.

‘Das Orchester’, September 2010 by Jan Kreyssig

This can be summed up in a single word: wonderful. Chief conductor Stefanos Tsialis, who took up his post in 2009, deserves the greatest recognition for what he has encouraged the orchestra to achieve, and for the irresistible pulse he has brought to the music with his scaled-back, absolutely precise and never bombastic direction.

Kärtner Kleine Zeitung 20.03.08 by Oskar Tonkli

Principal conductor Stefanos Tsialis understands his craft, and not just when it comes to Carl Maria von Weber. Thanks in large part to his immensely musical conducting style, he successfully creates a synthesis of the arts with his Elektra, which is woven from vibrant instrumental colours and haunting vocals. He elevates Richard Strauss out of  mediocrity and lights up the work with a tightly woven expressive quality in which every note captivates. March 2008 by frs

The Meininger Hofkapelle under the astute baton of Stefanos Tsialis approached the work (Elektra) with considerable enthusiasm. The strings revelled in emotionally compelling tutti, while the wind and percussion instruments accentuated the dramatic passages with the utmost intensity; there were dynamic extremes and abrupt changes of tempo, now an orgiastic ensemble sound and now a precise and unambiguous focus on individual parts of the orchestra – there was something pellucid about these musical pyrotechnics, which maintained a good balance with the action on stage.

Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten 27/3/2006

by Joachim Lange

Salome remains, as ever, a thrilling work which still has the power to scandalise… because of the undertow of sultry and decadent, shockingly beautiful arches of sound which leave one’s emotions in turmoil. Under Stefanos Tsialis, the Meiningen Orchestra savours these to the full, both in the fine detail and at the points of emphasis.

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Heilbronner Stimme 18/11/2005

by Monika Köhler

… Janacek’s subtle musical language (Jenufa)was sensitively interpreted by the orchestra of Meiningen Theatre under Stefanos Tsialis.

Freies Wort 4/2/2006

by Stefan Reisner

Stefanos Tsialis was successful in communicating the sometimes enigmatic, sometimes dramatic, sometimes lyrical, sometimes dance-like nature of the composition to the musicians; together they produced an ambitious and colourful interpretation of this music (The Firebird).

Magdeburger Volksstimme 2/4/2005

by Liane Bornholdt

… the Greek Dances of Nikos Skalkottas, where Stefanos Tsialis depicted five totally different moods in music; now wild and rumbustious, now joyful and frivolous, now with an elegant pace, now swaying elegiacally, culminating in a vertiginous, spirited conclusion.

Magdeburger Volksstimme 13/10/03

by Renate Bojanowski

… The orchestra (Central German Chamber Philharmonic) performed the finale with youthful vigour, mirroring the effervescent spirit employed by the conductor to bring out the triumphal exhilaration of the piece. Sustained applause was rewarded by an encore…

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Kölner Stadtanzeiger 7/10/03

by Robert Nemeck

This was follwed after the interval by Schubert´s Fifth. The Orchestra was now at its peak of performance, playing the rapid first movement with breathtaking vigour, and exhibiting melodious polish in the Andante con moto as well as effortles exhilaration in the turbulent finale. The audience, completely enraptured, responded with thunderous applause, insisting on two encores before the conductor and orchestra were allowed to take their leave.

Hamburger Morgenpost 20/9/03

by Sören Ingwersen

… The conductor has his work cut out here, because he has to keep an eye on both the film and the musicians at the same time. This is no problem for Tsialis, who was able to blend in chimes from a bell-tower or trumpet fanfares at the imperial court with such precision that it was almost possible to forget that this was a ‘silent’ film… The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra (had) not (over-reached itself), as witnessed by the frenetic applause of the large audience attending the Music Festival that evening.

Braunschweiger Zeitung 28/5/03

by Harald Likus

… The orchestra (the Central German Chamber Philharmonic) under its energetic conductor whetted the appetite of the audience by introducing it first to Carl Friedrich Abel’s short symphony, Op. 10 No. 4.

Danas, Belgrade 5/5/03

… With Victor Tretyakov appearing at two concerts, the confident young maestro Tsialis got the orchestra into its stride, as its tone clearly indicated …

Südwestpresse 21/10/02

by Ulrich Dalm

The Fifth (Concerto) conducted by Stefanos Tsialis was, you see, quite extraordinary, both in terms of the quality of the performance per se and with regard to the musicality and joy of music-making wich shone through. I must say, I`ve never heard the orchestra sound so good!

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Berliner Zeitung 26/2/02

by Peter Uehling

… and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Stefanos Tsialis delighted us on this occasion with an extremely affectionate interpretation: exquisitely supple, wonderfully balanced in terms of colour and with a confident sense of the charms – sometimes atmospheric, sometimes exotic – of Grieg’s score…

Bayerische Rundschau 1/5/02

… The audience quickly took the musicians under the elegant direction of Stefanos Tsialis to their hearts … The Hofer (Symphony Orchestra) then gave an evocative rendition of the piece which had been scheduled to close the concert: Robert Alexander Schumann’s Spring Symphony (Symphony No. 1 in B flat, Op. 38). Once again, Stefanos Tsialis brought out the very best in his ensemble, from the delicate piano to the thunderous forte… Rapturous applause left the artistes in no doubt of the extent to which their performance had been appreciated by the concert-goers. A concert which would undoubtedly merit a summa cum laude is not complete without an encore, and the audience demanded as much vociferously with their applause…

Braunschweiger Zeitung 26/6/01

by E.W.

… The Central German Chamber Philharmonic gave a polished interpretation on this occasion (Schubert’s Symphony No. 5). Stefanos Tsialis was extremely accomplished at investing his music-making with vigour and tonal beauty. With his clear, unaffected gestures, he conveyed to the orchestra his musical vision of Franz Schubert’s composition.

Braunschweiger Zeitung 16/6/01

by Petra Sandhagen

… The orchestra chose a spirited and refreshingly light-hearted interpretation (Schubert’s Symphony No. 5). The conductor Tsialis developed the lyrical motifs, the rich variations and the subtleties of the piece with care, bringing the programme to a dynamic conclusion. There was resounding applause.

Ouest – France 27/11/00

The orchestra of some thirty experienced musicians was presided over by the agile baton of Stefanos Tsialis, its eminent leader, who has transformed the ensemble which was established in 1948 through his ability to expand its horizons and inspire it with his energy and enthusiasm. There exists between himself and his musicians a sense of complicity, of enduring communion.

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Mitteldeutsche Zeitung Halle 26/1/98

by Frank Melchior

The second part of the programme comprised Antonin Dvorak’s symphonic legacy, No. 9 in E minor “From the New World”. Stefanos Tsialis conducted from memory, motivating the orchestra with impassioned, often sweeping gestures, which always originated from the score and were not contrived to please the gallery. The orchestra followed him willingly, even at moments of unfamiliar metrics, culminating in a really impressive performance by all concerned.

AZ München 9/5/95

by Dieter Stoll

… With Stefanos Tsialis in charge, the large cast safely cleared every hurdle (Theodorakis’s Medea).

Neue Ruhrer Zeitung Essen 13/5/95

by Pedro Oviera

… And Stefanos Tsialis conducted with a great sensitivity for the idiomatic sound language of this very Greek affair (Theodorakis’s Medea).

The Mercury Durban 2/10/00

by Barbara Trofimczyk

Schubert’s 5th Symphony was given a sparkling interpretation that reflected both its Mozartean influence and the wonderful lyricism so typical of Schubert’s music… The distinctive feature of this fine chamber orchestra is its sincerity of interpretation, faithful to the score, but with a musical spontaneity that adds a lovely freshness to its performance.

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