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John Georgiadis

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Born in Southend-on Sea, Essex, he began playing the violin at the age of six and later studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Two years as leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra were followed by eleven years as leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, in two periods between 1965 and 1979.
As a violinist, John appeared regularly as a concerto soloist and as recitalist both in the concert hall and on record. From 1986 he spent four years as leader of the Gabrieli String Quartet, thus fulfilling a lifelong ambition to explore the marvellous string quartet repertoire.

Holding the UK’s top violin job, that of LSO leader, from the age of 26 presented John with the ideal springboard for launching into a conducting career whilst still young, and in the mid 70’s, starting with education work with the Liverpool Phil, he took his first steps as conductor.
However, rather than just simply shift from bow to baton, feeling the need to acquire a sound technique and good understanding of conducting requirements to stand alongside his already substantial orchestral experience, he decided on the arduous course of eight years of conducting studies with Sergiu Celibidache, the legendary Roumanian conductor and teacher. This led to a career which has taken him all over the world as a guest conductor with many of the great orchestras. A long standing relationship with his old orchestra, the LSO, has led to concerts and tours at home and abroad as well as recordings, one of which topped the CD sales charts. The annual New Years Concerts, with the LSO, BBC Concert, London Philharmonic and Royal Phiharmonic Orchestras, which, originally at the Royal Albert Hall, he now conducts at the Barbican.

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