Solon Michaelides: Life, Work and Legacy



Solon Michaelides Cultural Foundation

Call for Papers

Solon Michaelides is an iconic figure in the evolution of art music in Cyprus. Internationally acclaimed composer and musicologist, conductor, and pedagogue of the highest caliber, Michaelides paved the way for the establishment of a vivid musical culture on modern Cyprus. Today, thirty-six years after his death, his legacy is carried on by his students, members of the ensembles he created, and other stakeholders who admire his work. Nevertheless, a systematic appraisal of his status and impact as composer, musicologist and pedagogue is still ahead. The present symposium is purposed to bring together music scholars (musicologists, performers, composers, and music educators) who are interested in deliberating over aspects of the composer’s life and work.

The symposium will be held on Saturday May 14th2016 at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.


Symposium Themes

The symposium committee welcomes papers on all aspects of Solon Michaelides’ music and its reception, conducting and pedagogical career, writings, and role in the cultural life of Cyprus and Greece. The thematic categories listed below may serve as guidelines for the presenters:

  • Michaelides the composer: analysis, performative issues, reception
  • Michaelides as musicologist
  • Aspects of Michaelides’ career as pedagogue
  • Aspects of his education
  • His legacy in Cyprus and abroad
  • Michaelides’ role in the development of musical life and culture in Cyprus and Greece
  • Michaelides’ interaction with his contemporaries

The official language of the conference is English. We kindly ask the contributing authors to submit their abstracts (about 400 words) by February 1st 2016. The time limit for each session is 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. All the submitted abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by a jury. The abstracts should contain the name of the presenter, paper title, institutional affiliation, telephone number, and email address. Also, please indicate the kind of equipment required for the presentation.

Please send your submissions and inquiries to Vasilis Kallis (