1st Kapellmeister at the opera house of Freiburg
Artistic Director of the Argo Ensembles
Ektoras Tartanis is the 1stKapellmeister at the Opera house of Freiburg since the 2018/20 season. In that position he works as the musical director of several opera productions and symphony concerts. Before he was the 1stKapellmeister and associate general music director of the State Opera and symphony orchestra of Bremerhaven for two years. He is as well the musical assistant of Teodor Currentzis, whom he assists at productions with the MusicAeterna Choir and Orchestra, as well as with numerous European A-class orchestras. Teodor Currentzis is the artistic mentor of Ektoras Tartanis since 2014. In 2016 he founded the Argo Ensemble - an orchestra based in Stuttgart, with which he presents new concert concepts as well as innovative programmes and who’s artistic director he is. As a guest conductor in present season he will collaborate with the Athens State Orchestra, the philharmonic orchestra Altenburg/Gera, MusicAeterna ad the SWR Symphony Orchestra.
Ektoras Tartanis was the musical assistant of the Symphony Orchestra and the Opera House of Wuppertal for the season 2015/16. There he conducted the Symphony Orchestra of Wuppertal, assisted many guest conductors – both in concert and opera productions - and worked also as a repetiteur.
In June 2016 Ektoras Tartanis stepped in at short-notice with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg for Teodor Currentzis, who had fallen ill. The debut of the young conductor at the Rosengarten of Mannheim with works of Beethoven, Berg and Shostakovich together with Patricia Kopatchinskaja was highly acclaimed by the audience and the press. In summer 2016 he was the musical assistant for the opera “La Bohème” at the Opera Academy of Bad Orb (Germany). Before that he also worked with the Symphony Orchestra of Vorarlberg (Austria) on a successful production of Mozart’s “The abduction of the seraglio”. Concert halls in which he conducted include the Bridgewater Hall, the Manchester Cathedral, the Brucknerhaus Linz, the Liederhalle Stuttgart, the Konzerthaus Karlsruhe and much more. Orchestras he worked with are among others, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, the Symphony Orchestra of Würzburg, the Chamber Orchestra of Stuttgart, the South Czech Philharmonic, the Thessaloniki State Orchestra and the Lucern Festival Strings.
Next to the classical-romantic and opera repertoire Ektoras Tartanis has a particular interest in contemporary music, since he started his musical education by studying composition and conducting. He conducted many premieres such as Tim Benjamins chamber-opera “The Rosenhahn Experiment”. He continued his conducting studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron, and at the Anton Bruckner Conservatoire in Linz with Ingo Ingensand, where he graduated with honours. In addition to his academic studies he also took part in several master classes with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Sir Mark Elder, Juanjo Mena, Lothar Zagrozek and Mark Shanahan.
Ektoras Tartanis was the second prize-winner of the “Young talents 2014” conducting- competition in Thessaloniki (Greece). On several occasions he also performed as an accompanist and solo-pianist, like in summer 2010 where he successfully played Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 in the Castle of Ludwigsburg. He was prize-winner of the national competition “Jungend Musiziert” and winner of the composition competition “Jugend komponiert”. He was a fellowship holder of the “Robert-Bosch” and “Fulbright” foundation.