Panayiotis Demopoulos


Panayiotis Demopoulos was born in Athens and grew up in Kozani, Greece in a musical family. After playing music in many styles as a teenager, he commenced his formal studies with Margaret McLeod at Napier University, Edinburgh in 1996. In 2001 he received an award to study the piano with Murray McLachlan and composition with Tony Gilbert at the Royal Northern College of Music. From 2004 he was a scholar at Cambridge University and the University of York, successfully completing a PhD in composition in 2007.

Panos returned to Kozani in 2007 and has taught at all levels of education since, whilst maintaining a busy schedule as a performer, composer and writer. He directed the Kozani International Music Seminar from 2012 to 2014 and has since held public office as chairman of the Historical Library of Kozani and vice-mayor for culture.

His original compositions vary and encompass a wide range of stylistic sensibilities from the eclectic and experimental spectrum to more conventional concert hall music and popular idioms.
His works have been performed in many countries across Europe and is a keen improviser. His writings and research interests cover a diverse range of subjects including the historiographies of Western Art, critical theory, microtonal music and the sociology of music including an editorial for the Contemporary Music Review.

Panos holds a certificate in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh and is a poetry and European cinema fanatic. He is married to the organist Nicola Harrington, with whom he has two daughters, Susannah-Stella and Sophia-Andrianna.