Kypros Markou

conductor

Kypros Markou is Director of Orchestral Studies at Wayne State University and Music Director of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra. Guest conducting engagements include concerts with the Sinfonia Varsovia, Krakow Philharmonic, Romanian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cyprus State Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción in Chile, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic in New York. He has served as cover conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony as well as the Detroit Symphony for Maestros Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Eri Klas, Jerzy Semkow, Gunther Herbig, and others. Previous conducting positions include Music Director with the Westmoreland Symphony in Pennsylvania, Music Director of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in Florida and the Cyprus Radio Orchestra, Associate conductor of the Canton Symphony in Ohio, conductor of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and the University of Pittsburgh Orchestra, and Artistic Director of the Somerset Summer Music Festival in Pennsylvania. He was also Associate Conductor of the New England Conservatory Symphony under Gunther Schuller in Boston.

A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London and the New England Conservatory in Boston, he also attended Indiana University where he studied with the legendary Ruggiero Ricci. He has won conducting fellowships from the Aspen Festival and the American Symphony Orchestra. He also won a violin fellowship from Tanglewood. In 1978, he was invited to participate in the Cleveland Orchestra’s Conductors Symposium under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel and was a finalist for the assistant conductor post with the Cleveland Orchestra. In 1989, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania and in 2011, he received the Board of Governors Award at Wayne State University. He has recorded CDs with the Sinfonietta Cracovia, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Dvořák Chamber Orchestra, and London Octave featuring music by Bartók, Dvořák, Foote, Herbert, Foss, Sierra, and Suk. His performances have been featured on Public Radio Stations in the USA, BBC Radio 3, and in other countries. In addition to his conducting, he remains active as a violinist.