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The professor and saxophone soloist Theodore Kerkezos has been awarded on December 2012 with the Russian Highest Honor for Artists: Doctor of Musical Arts from the IAACC, World Technological University of Moscow, UNESCO, and from the Russian Federation Ministry of General and Professional Education for his outstanding services as professor and performer at the Russian and international music stage, an honor given to saxophonist for the first time.

As a senior professor at the Athens conservatory (1995 to 2013) and at the Athens - Philippos Nakas conservatory in partnership with Berklee College of Music-Boston (1991-present), his advanced students around the world have received many Awards and distinctions. He is a visiting professor and has given master classes at the USA (universities of: Boston, Princeton, Louisiana State, Southeastern Louisiana, Los Angeles, Mansfield, Penn State, conservatories of: Boston, New England, Ithaca college) and abroad: Beijing university of China, Seoul university, Moscow State conservatory, St. Petersburg State cons., Bratislava State cons., Yerevan State cons., and at the Gnesin (Moscow), Bucharest, Chopin (Warsaw) and Kiev Academies.

He was twice nominated, proposed by Naxos label, for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in the categories #102: Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra and #98: “Best Classical Album”.

He has performed and recorded the standard repertoire for solo saxophone as a concert soloist with celebrated orchestras including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (of London), St. Petersburg Philharmonic, “Tchaikovsky” Moscow Radio Symphony, Moscow Soloists, New Moscow Opera Orchestra, Symphony of Zurich, Berliner Symphoniker, Pohang Philharmonic of Korea, Nuremberg Symphony, Thuringen Philharmonic, Athens and Thessaloniki State Symphonies, Bucharest Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, Bilbao Symphony, Slovak Philharmonic, Meinenger Symphony, Slovak Radio, Athens Radio, Sofia Radio and Romanian National Radio Symphony.

He works with Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Michael Nyman, Yuri Simonov.

Theodore Kerkezos graduated from the Athens Conservatory-1871 (Babis Farantatos’ Class) and continued in Paris with Daniel Deffayet and in Bordeaux with Jean-Marie Londeix. In 2012 the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, (accredited by the United Nations), unanimously elected him as Foreign Member of the Academy (at the Moscow branch - Arts department), while the Greek Composers Union unanimously elected him as Honorary Member for his outstanding services as performer and professor in Greece and abroad.

In 1999 he started a fruitful collaboration with the Alphonse Leduc Editions Musicales (Paris, since 1841) writing books for saxophone.

He has appeared at prestigious concert halls such as: the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall-London, Carnegie Hall-New York, “Shostakovich Hall”-St. Petersburg, Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatoire, Tonhalle-Zurich, Opera of Rome, Athens Megaron Concert Hall, Beijing Concert Hall and Herod Atticus Theatre (Athens-Acropolis).

Works have been dedicated to him by leading composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Friedrich Cerha, Theodore Antoniou and Mikis Theodorakis.

He was the founder, director and conductor of the Saxophone Orchestra of Piraeus Prefecture.

His discography with Naxos, Centaur and Onyx labels has won many prestigious awards.

He plays with H. Selmer-Paris saxophones and clarinets custom made for him under his direction.

Kerkezos with the “Tchaikovsky” Moscow Radio Symphony-Vladimir Fedoseyev at the Grand Tchaikofsky Hall of The Moscow State Conservatory.

Kerkezos with the London Symphony Orchestra-Yuri Simonov at the EMI Abbey Road Studios-London

Kerkezos with the Romanian National Radio Symphony-Tiberiu Soare a broadcast concert by EBU (European Broadcasting Union).

Kerkezos plays Jazz with the Slovak Radio Symphony-Robert Austin on Gershwin’s Prelude

Kerkezos at the Wigmore Hall-London with Mei Yi Foo on Ravel’s Habanera.




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