Natalia Gerakis • flute
She is considered one of the most accomplished Greek flutists. Both Stuttgart- and Athens-based, she has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player at major halls and festivals in numerous European countries, in Asia, Africa and South America. She has been principal flute of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and performed among others with the Athens State Orchestra, the Athens Camerata, the Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, the Stuttgart State Opera House (Kammertheater). She has also been principal flute of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (Marseilles/FR) and scholar at the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt (Paxos Festival/GR). In addition to her musical activities as a performer, Natalia Gerakis has shown a remarkable educational activity. Commitment to her art and success in teaching makes her highly regarded and sought-after flutist among international courses (Adams European Flute Center Masterclasses/Holland, German Musicians Association Courses/GER, Camerata Europaea European Academy/GER-GR, National Music Library ”Lilian Voudouri” Masterclasses/GR, MAAKSS Masterclasses Spetses/GR, International Forum for Flute and Piano/Luxembourg, Semaine de la Francophonie Lusaka/Zambia, Universidad Mayor Santiago Masterclasses/Chile). She is flute professor at the Athens Conservatoire and tutor for flute methodology at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart/GER (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart). In addition, she teaches the flute at the Music Studies Department of the Athens National University. She studied with Geneviève Amar and Vicens Prats at the Nadia & Lili Boulanger Conservatoire in Paris and graduated with the ”1er Prix de la Ville de Paris”. She obtained her master diploma at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, in Germany, under Prof. Jean-Claude Gérard, on a scholarship of the Greek State.