Vangelis Petsalis, Greek composer

Vangelis Petsalis was born in Corfu in 1965. He took his piano lessons in the Conservatoire of the Philharmonic Society of Corfu. Since he was very young, he had an increasing interest in composing and at the age of 12 he could perform his own compositions among the advanced piano repertoire. He completed his studies in orchestration & composition in Athens in the class of the composer J. Papadatos. He has composed piano works, works for mixed choir & for orchestra, as long as music for theatre. In 1996 the Italian record company Arcadia/Agora published his first Symphony and other orchestral & piano works in a CD with a worldwide distribution, with the participation of the Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria under the direction of A. Panayotopoulos.

The American company of introduction and promotion of records Records International, one of the greatest and most valid on Internet, referring to this CD, commented: This young Greek composer writes lushly tuneful, colourful music in a vivid, neo-romantic vein… A very personal voice and a very enjoyable disc.(RI catalogue July 98).

He was also commissioned to compose for the famous violinist Sergei Krylov and in 1997 S.Krylov and the Camerata under the direction of A. Myrat presented his Concertino Narrativo for violin, piano and string orchestra in Megaron hall in Athens. He also has recorded his works with the National Symphony Orchestra of ERT under the direction of M. Logiadis.

In 2000 he was ordered the composition of a piece for clarinet and strings by the Orchestra of Colours. In March 2001, this certain piece, under the title Arguments for clarinet and strings was presented at the Hellenic American Union with M Logiadis conducting the above Orchestra and the world-wide awarded Spyros Mourikis,as a clarinet soloist. In February 2003 the Greek State Orchestra of Athens presented his work “Harp on the same Strings” in a concert organized by the Union of Greek composers.

Many mass media in Greece and abroad have made benevolent references to his work(Eleftheros Typos Sunday Issue,Eleftherotypia,Kathimerini,Studio A,La Cultura,L`Avvenire,Jazz&Jazz etc)and have broadcasted a wide range of his production( Classical Discoveries,Radio Vaticana Musica,Public Radio Television of Connecticut,Digital Broadcasting Channel DBC Swiss,Era3,Athens 9.84 etc)`s Classical recommendations, referring at his Adagio for Strings No1, wrote at their site’s homepage: “Emotional and melancholic, this adagio by composer Vanghelis Petsalis will tug at your heartstrings like a Samuel Barber or John Williams composition!”
Olympic Airways of Greece have included in their Classical program his music and have dedicated a special article on the composer in their issue which is given in the flights to their customers.

In May 2003 he was invited in U.S.A where he had an interview and presentation of his entire work at Princeton’s University radio station WPRB in the program “Classical Discoveries” by the prof.Marvin Rosen (28/5/2003) while at 31/5/2003 some of his preludes where presented in a concert which Marvin Rosen gave at Bristol Chapel of Westminster Conservatory of Music at Rider University N.J.

In January 2004 his Adagio for Strings No1 was performed in the Megaron Hall of Thessalonica with Adrian Sunshine conducting the Greek State Orchestra of Thessalonica in a world premiere with great success.

During the season 2005-2006 the Modern Theatre of Athens Alkyonis presents the play “Dance of Death” by Strindberg under the direction of G. Messalas and music by V. Petsalis.
For this work, theatre critic G.Georgousopoulos wrote: “…the talented composer Vangelis Petsalis is a real apocalypse .He composed outstanding music for the play with significant depth”( newspaper NEA 7/11/2005)

During summer 2006 he presented new Orchestral works at the Tinos Festival and in Athens ( D.Plakentias Megaron ,Vouliagmeni lake) with the Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria under the direction of A. Panayotopoulos.

In July 2008 he recorded his 2nd Symphony with National Symphony Orchestra of Bulgarian Radio under the direction of A. Panayotopoulos. The recording was sponsored by Costopoulos foundation,Bodosakis foundation and National Hellenic Tourism Organization.

In 1997 he became member of the Union of Greek Composers.He was also appointed art director of the European Department of Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria.
He has also studied medicine and he is a specialized doctor in Radiology.