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Alkinoos Ioannidis was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. He studied classical guitar at the European Conservatory and in 1989 moved to Athens, Greece. He spent the next three years studying theatre at the National Theatre Drama School and philosophy at Athens University. In 1993 he signed to Universal Music, who continues to be his label to this day. As a singer-songwriter, he has released eleven solo albums. Most of them have gone gold or platinum. As a guest singer, he has performed on more than 40 albums with various artists. He has also written songs, arranged and produced albums for other artists, as well as music for dance and theater, while his symphonic work is often performed by orchestras in Greece and abroad. His influences range from traditional Cypriot music, Greek composers of the last decades, Byzantine, Classical and Rock. When performing his work, he either heads a band whose members include some of the best Greek soloists, or strips it right back to a solo multi-instrumental performance. He performs at about 100 shows per year, at venues ranging from 5,000 capacity theatres to small clubs and from Ancient Greek amphitheatres to modern rock stages. In his constantly evolving live performances, he combines electric music with choirs, improvisation, classical elements, live looping, progressive rock, jazz, Greek and Middle Eastern influences. In 2005 he became a student of legendary Russian composer Boris Tishchenko, studying composition with him at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia. In November 2009 the Academic Symphony Orchestra Dmitri Shostakovich of St. Petersburg and the choir "Lege Artis" performed Alkinoos' music to a sold out crowd at the Glazunov theatre of the Conservatory. The concert was dedicated by Alkinoos to his teacher. In April 2010, his classical work was performed at the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal. The same program was performed for a sold out crowd in October 2010 at the Athens Concert Hall, with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. In May 2011, his works were the opening concert of the "White Nights" Festival of Petrozavodsk, Russia, with the Karelia Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Alkinoos has been a member of the board of the Athens Concert Hall since December 2010. He has also worked with The Absolute Ensemble (New York), The Charles Lloyd New Quartet, The Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Greek Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, The Athens Kamerata, The Cypriot State Orchestra, The Greek State Orchestra, The Thessaloniki State Orchestra, The Camerata Europaea, The Manos Hadjidakis Ensemble, The Yiannis Markopoulos Palintonos Armonia and The Mikis Theodorakis Popular Orchestra. Alkinoos pursued a career in acting before devoting himself to music. One of the youngest ever actors to play primary roles at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, he played there twice, in 1993 (Menander, Samia, Cyprus Theatre Organization) and 1997 (Euripides, Alkistis, Art Theatre). He has also starred in television and on film. On 9 March 2009, he released the album Neroponti. His new album is a Best of Album and is released on the 27th Feb 2012.

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