The conductor and pianist Chrysanthie Emmanouilidou, born in Thessaloniki, has lived in Berlin since 1998. She continued her piano and harmony studies at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, where her time with Prof. Georg Sava was an invaluable source of inspiration.
Conducting studies in Italy with the conductor Andrea Pestalozza, to whom she owes her access and enthusiasm for contemporary music, further complete her musical education.
While still a student, she took part in numerous piano and conducting master classes in Germany, France and Austria, where she worked with a wide variety of European orchestras.
C. Emmanouilidou worked as an assistant to conductor Michael Boder at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and during the "Ruhr Triennale" in Bochum, and subsequently with Kurt Masur in Rome.
Her work with Claudio Abbado (in Bolzano, Cremona, Bologna, Lucerne) and Lionel Friend (Birmingham), also as an assistant, play a decisive role in the development of her personal style.
In addition to numerous concerts as a pianist in Europe and Japan (Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto), C. Emmanouilidou has worked as a conductor with the LBBL (Landesverband Berlin-Brandenburgisches Liebhaberorchester), the BBSO (Berlin-Brandenburgisches Symphonie-Orchester) as well as the Kammerchor Braunschweig, her own chamber orchestra, the International Ensemble Berlin, the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kaposvar Symphony Orchestra, the Darmstadt Chamber Symphony Orchestra and the Brandenburg State Orchestra.
Another love belongs to Byzantine music, for which she graduated with a diploma.
She is musical director and lecturer in music history at the Berlin Hochschule für Technik.
Her interests include research into the treatment of mental and organic illnesses with music. In addition, she is a naturopath for psychotherapy as well as a qualified music therapist.
It is a particular pleasure and honour for her to have been chosen through a competition to take over the direction of the Berlin Doctors' Orchestra as of January 2022. Chrysanthie Emmanouilidou is the sixth consecutive conductor (and the first woman on the podium) of the orchestra, which has been continuously active since its foundation in 1911.