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Yiorgo Moutsiaras, is a Greek-Dutch orchestral and choral conductor. Born in Greece, he lives and works in The Netherlands since 1999. He is the artistic director of the chamber ensemble Nederlands Camerata based in Amsterdam. Since 2010 he is the main conductor of the string orchestra “De Haagse Beek” in The Hague. He holds a Master of Music Diploma and has been awarded with “Orchestra Favorite” Award. He has diverted the favourable critics of the famous conductor Kurt Masur, in Germany, during the 1st Detmold Summer Academy. The well-known baroque experts, the German Helmut Rilling and the Japanese Masaaki Suzuki offered their flattering comments for his Bach interpretations during the “6. Stuttgarter Bachwoche” in Stuttgart/Germany. He also had the opportunity to work close with maestro Bernard Haitink in Lucerne/Switzerland.

Yiorgo is also Cantor at St. Laurentius Church of Oudorp as conductor and artistic director of the Laurentius Choir of Oudorp-Alkmaar and conducts the Greek Choir Filomila Amsterdam. He has also served as principal conductor and artistic director at Orkest van Utrecht for nine years, the Philharmonic Orchestra of 's-Hertogenbosch for four years and at the choir “For Him Only” (Rotterdam) in The Netherlands. Back in Greece he used to be the conductor of the “Volos's Choir” (Voliotiki Chorodia), of the “Bankworkers's Union of Magnesia Mixed Choir” and of the “Youth Choir of the Music School of Magnesia”.

Conductor Yiorgo Moutsiaras has given many successful concerts in Belgium, Germany, Greece, France, Spain, U.S.A. and The Netherlands, conducting his ensembles as well as the Bach Collegium Stuttgart, the Nederlands Promenade Orkest, The Greek National Opera Orchestra, The Orchestra of Colours, The Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Catalonia, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Young Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Conservatory Orchestra, the Amsterdams Jong Excelsior, the Flehite Sinfonietta, the Leuven University Orchestra, the Lemmensinstituut Symphony Orchestra and the Ihos ensemble, Utrechts Blazers Ensemble, Kaos ensemble, Anemos wind ensemble and several other music ensembles. He has conducted in famous concert halls like the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Conservatory of Brussels. He has conducted during the “1st Rotterdam Music Biennale” and he has participated actively in “Thessaloniki 1997” and “Rotterdam 2001” , cultural capitals of Europe, making world premières of contemporary compositions. Yiorgo Moutsiaras was artistic director of the “11th Festival for Sacred Choral Music of Volos” and participated at some of the most prestigious International Conducting Competitions such as the “Dimitris Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition” in Athens/Greece and the "International Competition for Orchestral Conductors - Antonio Pedrotti" in Trento/Italy. As a conductor Yiorgo has recorded four personal CDs and records frequently for the Dutch radio since 2001.

The repertoire Yiorgo Moutsiaras conducts, expands from orchestral to choral, from 16th to 21st century’s compositions in all fields such as symphonic, opera, ballet and oratorio, music for theatre and music for children, sacred and secular. Parallel to conducting he arranges music for big and small ensembles of all instrumental media and he gives lectures at well known institutes, schools and Universities about his profession and about classical music's topics. Collaboration with University of Amsterdam and Porfyrogeneion Foundation is in regular basis.

Born in Volos/Greece, Yiorgo Moutsiaras graduated from the Music School of Magnesia, the National Conservatory and the Lyceum there, having obtained diplomas for piano, harmony of music, counterpoint and fugue, all with distinction. After serving twenty months as airman for the Greek Air Force, he continued his studies in The Netherlands at the Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam, the Maastricht Academy of Music and for his postgraduate studies at the Lemmens Institute of Leuven/Belgium. He obtained two Bachelor of Music Diplomas and a Master of Music Diploma with specialisation in orchestral conducting. He studied among others with Jan Stulen and Edmond Saveniers. He has also attended several music seminars with B. Haitink, K. Masur, E. de Waart, H. Rilling, M. Suzuki, D. Renzetti, G. Hadjinikos, J. Panula, J. Stulen, R. Gulikers, L. Buskens, A. Tien, A. Kondogeorgiou, A. Vujic, J.Hempel, E. van Tiel and A. van Beek. He has also studied choir conducting, classical singing, bassoon and cello as side subjects. While a student at the Lemmensinstituut, won the “Orchestra Favourite” Award at the 6th V. Jordania International Conducting Competition in the United States of America.

Yiorgo lives in Delft/The Netherlands, Vermeer’s hometown located between Rotterdam and The Hague. At his limited free time he is visiting concerts, cooking, photographing, swimming, cycling, dancing Latin dances and Argentinian Tango, sings and plays Greek Rembetika with friends.