1st Kapellmeister and associate general music director at the opera house of Bremerhaven
Artistic Director of the Argo Ensembles
Since the 2017/18 season Ektoras Tartanis is the 1st Kapellmeister and associate general music director of the State Opera and symphony orchestra of Bremerhaven. In that position he conducts several opera and ballet productions as well as symphony concerts. Since September 2016 he is also the artistic director and co-founder of the Argo Ensemble - an orchestra based in Stuttgart, with which he presents new concert concepts and innovative programmes. As a guest conductor in the season 2018/19 he will make his debut with the Vorarlberger Symphony Orchestra and the Athens State Orchestra. He will also be the musical director of ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ – a new production at the Perm Opera house with MusicAeterna.
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.
Since 2014 he has also been mentored by Teodor Currentzis, whom he assisted in several concert and opera productions throughout Europe. 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 - one the most intriguing musicians of our time – 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.