Kypros Markou is the principal conductor and music director of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra as well as a professor and director of orchestral studies at Wayne State University. He has vast experience as guest conductor for orchestras across the United States and Europe. Since 1997, he has conducted concerts with Sinfonietta Cracovia and recorded two CD’s and programs for television with them.
Markou’s early training was at the National Conservatory of Greece in his native city of Nicosia, Cyprus, and later at the Royal College of Music in London, Indiana University in Bloomington, and the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he earned his graduate degree in Orchestral Conducting.
His many awards include conducting fellowships from the Aspen Festival and the American Symphony Orchestra League. In 1978 he was invited to participate in the Cleveland Orchestra’s Conductors Symposium under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel. Also an accomplished violinist, Markou studied violin with Ruggiero Ricci and chamber music with the Amadeus Quartet. In 1989 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania, and in 1994 he received the Distinguished Artist of the Year Award from the Cultural Council of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
Maestro Markou encourages people to come to concerts without preconceived ideas about classical music.
He believes that after a concert, it is important “to have a feeling that you experienced something wonderful, uplifting and inspiring.”
Markou’s approach to music is to “go beyond the notes, to discover the meaning and explore the emotional and spiritual significance of each work and to understand the character and style of the music that I will perform.”