Kornilios Michailidis


Kornilios Michailidis is a Greek conductor and pianist, currently holding the position of Conductor in Residence at the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Having studied piano at the École Normale de Musique in Paris and at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University in the USA, he is since 2018 a graduate of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with a Master’s degree in Conducting.

​During the 2016-2017 season he was the Assistant Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Ever since, he is regularly invited to assist in major opera houses, such as the Opera of Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Opera of Hamburg. From 2018 - 2020 he was the Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France next to Mikko Frank. In 2020, he gave his official debut at the Teatro Real, conducting Mozart’s “Magic Flute”.

As a guest conductor he also appears with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Lahti, the Athens State Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Orchestra, the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Raanana Symphonette, the South Denmark Philharmonic, among others. He has equally conducted opera productions of Verdi’s “Falstaff” and Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” in Helsinki, and assisted in the preparation of Kaija Saariaho’s opera “Only the Sound Remains”.

​In 2022 he made his Russian debut conducting at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, in a concert of the Skryabin Music Festival in honour of the composer's 150th Anniversary. Following that, he replaced Eva Ollikainen on a very short notice on two consecutive weeks at the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Laureate of the 1st International Piano Competition in Mayenne (France), he performed as a pianist in Europe, Israel and the USA, notably in a series of recitals with the last three Beethoven Piano Sonatas, a recital - tribute to A. Skryabin, as a soloist in Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto with the Athens State Orchestra conducted by Juraj Valčuha, as well as in recital with the acclaimed violinist Sergei Krylov.

From 2016 - 2020, Kornilios Michailidis was co-founder and leader of the Beethoven Now! Project and Chamber Orchestra in Finland, a collective specialising in the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, presenting his work in the context of the modern sunlight through innovative and historically informed interpretations. Since 2016, he is founder and director of Koufonisia Classical Music Festival, a rapidly developing cultural institution taking place in one of Greece’s smallest islands.

In addition to music, he is an active aviator.