Curriculum Vitae


Elena Papanikolaou was born in 1981, in Argos, Greece. In 1999 she was admitted at the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Athens and University of Cambridge, both on scholarships. In 2002 she obtained her Bachelor’s Diploma in Philosophy with first class, at the University of Cambridge, she was appointed Bateman Scholar and was awarded the Kitty Crawley Prize for Philosophy.

In 2003 she obtained her Masters’ in Classics, in Cambridge, and returned to Greece. She started her PhD in Kantian Philosophy and Aesthetics, at the Faculty of Philosophy, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and began to study piano systematically. In 2006 she completed her doctorate diploma and began to teach at the University of Athens and at the University of Peloponnese as an assistant. In 2012 she completed her postDoc research in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art and also obtained her Diploma of Piano at the Conservatoire Orfeion, in Athens, with a first class and the highest distinction.

In the same year, she joined the class of maestro Jean-Bernard Pommier, in Codarts, Rotterdam, and finished with a Master of Music, in June, 2014. She has co-organized and participated in conferences of Philosophy, she has participated in seminars of History of Art and, in the field of music, she has participated in master classes on historical instruments and historical performance, conducted by Pieter Jan Belder, Bart van Oort and Vaughan Schlepp.

She has given recitals in various cities of the Netherlands, Greece and Germany, as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles. She currently lives, practices and writes philosophy in Athens.

She has given recitals in various cities of the Netherlands, Greece and Germany, as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles. She currently lives, practices and writes philosophy in Athens.

MMus Classical Piano
«Codarts» Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Rotterdam, 2014

BA Classical Piano
Conservatoire «Orfeion», Athens, 2012

PhD Philosophy
University of Athens, 2006

Mphil Classics
University of Cambridge, 2003

ΒΑ Philosophy
University of Cambridge, 2002