Recital by the Apollon Duo

Date: 26 October 2017 13:00 - 14:00

Founded in 2015, and named after the Greek God of Music, Poetry and the Arts, the Apollon Duo is a dynamic new violin and organ duo formed by Dora Chatzigeorgiou and Alexander Binns and aims to explore the seldom heard repertory for this unique combination of instruments. They have performed at many venues including the Cathedrals of St Edmundsbury, Southwark and Peterborough.

Greek violinist Dora Chatzigeorgiou is a freelance violinist, teacher for the Suffolk County Music Service and St John’s College School in Cambridge. In 2015 Dora graduated from the Orchestral Artistry programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she studied with Jacqueline Ross. At the Guildhall she has played in many prestigious concerts and projects including performances with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, at Milton Court under the direction of Edward Gardner, and performances as concertmaster for the Guildhall Opera Orchestra. Dora graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in the USA in June 2013 where she studied with Milan Vitek. At Oberlin she was the recipient of the Danenberg Chamber Music Prize. Dora was a member of the Oberlin Orchestra with whom she has toured Asia and the USA (including a performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall), and was concertmaster for the Oberlin Opera Orchestra. Prior to her studies in the USA, Dora graduated with the Greek National Diploma in Violin Performance from the Kodaly Conservatory of Music in Athens, winning the First Prize and Gold Medal, having studied with Georgios Demertzis and Apollon Grammatikopoulos.

Dora has performed as a soloist with the Greek National Orchestra in the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens and the Rostov Symphony Orchestra during the 3rd International Festival – Premieres of Rostov (Russia December 2006). Dora has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra and was previously leader of the Misbourne Symphony Orchestra. As member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) between 2012 and 2016, Dora has toured Europe and Saudi Arabia, and has compèred concerts and projects with the orchestra in her native Greece.

Organist Alexander Binns is the Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, where he accompanies the cathedral choirs for services and concerts, assists in the training of the cathedral choirs, directs the St Edmundsbury Singers and runs the Friday lunchtime concert series.

In July 2015 Alexander graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied the organ with Susan Landale and David Titterington, improvisation with Gerard Brooks, harmonium with Anne Page, and conducting with Paul Brough and Patrick Russill. He was the recipient of numerous prizes at the Academy including the Gwen and Eric Windo Organ Award, the Stephen Bicknell Award, the Paton Award and the Eric Thiman Prize, and also performed in masterclasses under Olivier Latry, Bine Bryndorf, Eric Lebrun, Jon Laukvik, and Lionel Rogg. Alongside his studies at the Academy Alexander held the organ scholarships at Southwark Cathedral, Royal Hospital Chelsea, and St Marylebone Parish Church, accompanying and conducting some of London’s finest professional choirs. Prior to his studies in London, Alexander spent a gap year as Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle. Alexander started his musical studies as a chorister at Halifax Parish Church, where he started organ lessons with Philip Tordoff and piano lessons with Margaret Whiteley.

Alexander has performed at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square, the Ritz Hotel, and abroad in France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, and Iceland. As an orchestral organist he has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), the Monteverdi String Band, the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, and under the batons of Trevor Pinnock, Marin Alsop and Gianandrea Noseda. Alexander has played on RTÉ Television, can be heard on CDs on the Priory and Linn labels and has premiered works by Diana Burrell and Lloyd Coleman. For more details please visit They are joined by Oliver Binns (Baritone).