Giannēs A. Papaiōannou (Γιάννης Α. Παπαϊωάννου)

Yiannis Papaioannou (Greek: Ιωάννης Ανδρέου Παπαιωάννου; 6 January 1910, Kavala – 19 May 1989, Athens) was a Greek composer and teacher of the Modern Era. He studied piano with Marika Laspopoulou and composition with Alekos Kontis at the Hellenic Conservatory in Athens (1922–34), as well as the piano and orchestration with Emilios Riadis in Thessaloniki (1928–29).

In 1949 he visited major European music centres on a UNESCO grant and became familiar with new developments in music composition. In particular, in Paris he attended Arthur Honegger's class. Between 1951 and 1961 he taught music at an Athens high school and from 1953 he was professor of counterpoint and composition at the Hellenic Conservatory. He was the first president of both the Greek section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (1964–75) and the Hellenic Association for Contemporary Music (1965–75).

Papaioannou was the first musician to systematically teach atonal, 12-note and serial techniques before 1970. His compositional career falls into five main phases: Early Impressionist (1932–8), National School (1939–43), Hindemithian neo-classicism combined with elements of Byzantine music (1944–52), 12-note period (1953–1966) and the last period (1966–89) in which he developed an entirely personal technique.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 6th, 1910 (Kavala), Died May 11th, 1989 (Athens)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, vocalist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia CO46310 10-in. approximately 1952 Ton logo sou den kratises Sōtēria Bellou (Σωτηρία Μπέλλου) ; Odysseas Moschonas (Οδυσσεας Μοσχονας) ; Giannis Papaiōannou Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble conductor  
Gramophone 0GA1608 10-in. 5/2/1950 Geia sou ka-i-ki mou Aē-Nikola (Γεια σου κα-ι-κι μου Αη-Νικολα) A Giannoppoulos (A. Γιαννοπουλος) ; Od. Moschonas (Οδ. Μοσχονας) ; Marika Ninou (Μαρικα Νινου) ; Vasilēs Tsitsanēs (Βασιλης Τσιτσανης) ; Ν Voulgarēs (Ν. Βουλγαρης) Mixed vocal quintet, with instrumental ensemble conductor  
Gramophone 0GA1782 10-in. 8/18/1951 Ponesa mes' tēn kardia (Πονεσα μεσ' την καρδια) Marika Ninou (Μαρικα Νινου) Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble conductor  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Papaiōannou, Giannēs A. (Παπαϊωάννου, Γιάννης Α. )," accessed October 27, 2021,

Papaiōannou, Giannēs A. (Παπαϊωάννου, Γιάννης Α. ). (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from

"Papaiōannou, Giannēs A. (Παπαϊωάννου, Γιάννης Α. )." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.

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