Pianist & Coach
Manolis Papasifakis (Pianist/Coach GOS) was born in Athens, Greece, but his musical training began in the U.S. near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where his family had relocated and remained through his early school years. Back in Greece, he began studies at the Athens Conservatory, then returned to the U.S. to study at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, from which he received his bachelor of music degree in piano performance. Over the next 10 years, he served as a member of the piano faculty at the Brooklyn School of Music, and also worked during the same period as assistant conductor for the Henry Street Settlement Opera Studio and the Lubo Opera of New Jersey. Currently based in Greece, he has continued to pursue a varied caree. As a teacher, accompanist and coach, he has been associated with Greece’s leading musical institutions and concert venues, including the Athens Megaron, the Athens Conservatory, the Athenaeum, and the Greek National Opera. He has performed widely throughout the country as a solo pianist and as recital partner to singers and instrumentalists, and as a vocal coach and accompanist.