george hatzimichelakis' biography 

Born in Piraeus, Greece in 1959. Ηe studied Music Theory with Costas Clavas, Byzantine Music with Constantinos Catsoulis and Vassilis Nonis, and Composition with Theodore Antoniou. He has also attended the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature in the University of Athens.

He has extensive experience in Greek traditional music and in free improvisational practices. His works include compositions for solo instruments, chamber music, symphonic music, stage music and soundtracks of documentaries. He has received commissions to compose for ERT (Greek state radio and television), for various Greek orchestras as well as for other music organizations.

At the request of the choreographer Maria M. Horss he composed the music for the Lighting of the Olympic Torch Ceremonies for the 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006 Olympic Games.

He is a member of the Greek Composers Union and artistic director of the Municipal Conservatory of Petroupolis in Athens.