Lefki Kolovou

Lefki Kolovou was born in Athens. At the age of 5 she started piano lessons at the Greek Conservatorium in Athens. At the age of 7 she started studying cello at the Athens Conservatorium in the class of celloist Lefteris Papastavrou, from where she graduated at the age of 20 with a unanimous "Excellent with Honours" diploma.

As a student she took part in many orchestra seminars, such as the one in Corfu with the conductor Giannis Ioannides, the Municipality of Athens one with Tatsis Apostolides, the Chortou Pyliou with George Chatzinikos etc.. Still a student in 1992, she passed an audition and was given the position of 2nd Cello in the then newly-created Symphonic Orchestra of Peiraus, which was originally conducted by Dimitris Agrafiotis and later by Andreas Parides. Also, she was called in as a 1st Cello in the chamber orchestra "Athens Strings" which was founded and directed by the renowned violinist Ismene Chrysochoou-Carter.

Her post-graduate studies include various chamber music seminars including Morges in Switzerland, where she also gave a concert on 27/2/2002. At the same time, she has been taking post-graduate lessons in the classes of Renato Rippo (in Athens) and Jaap Kruitkof (in Brussels).

A few months after her diploma exams, she passed an audition and became accepted in the Orchestra of Colours, as well as the Athens State Orchestra, where she worked as a regular member from 1995 to 2001. At the same time, she was a member of the select chamber ensemble "Marsyas" which was founded by conductor Miltos Logiadis.

Nowadays she works with the "Camerata" orchestra of The Athens Concert Hall, under the direction of Alexandros Myrat, as well as the Greek Ensemble of Modern Music which is directed by Theodore Antoniou, under the auspices of the Greek Composers' Union.

She has had numerous collaborations concerning the chamber music genre, the most important being the founding of the Ellemis Piano Quartet in 2002. With Ellemis she has recorded her first CD, with works by Brahms and Chausson, which was published in 2004 by Subways Music.

In January 2010 the new album of Ellemis Piano quartet was released, entitled “Eikones” and consisting of works by Robert Schumann, G. F. Händel, G. Caccini, C. Armstrong, N. Mavroudis, L. Kanaris, M. Archontidis and E. Chounta.

She is a member of the string quartet "L'Anima" with which, among others, she has appeared at the Presidential Palace and the Maxim Mansion as a guest of the Greek Presidency and the Government. Also, with the same group, she has appeared in April 2003 at the Attalus Arcade, during the ceremony of European Union expansion, in front of 25 leaders and delegations of all EU member-states, invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Greek Presidency of the EU.

In 2011 the first album of L' Anima string quartet was released, entitled “Music for Strings” and consisting of works by Greek composer Savvas Zannas.

She has made many recordings for albums, cinema, television and radio, as well as live broadcasts on the national radio.