Simos Papanas was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1979. At the age of 16 he had already completed his studies in violin and music theory at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki. He holds a M.S. in Mathemat- ics from Yale University, as well as B. Music
and B.A. with highest honors in Mathematics from Oberlin College. He has won first prize at the American Bach Soloists baroque violin competition (2000), the Kaufmann award in violin and Orr prize in mathematics by Oberlin College, and well as the first position for a Benefactors Scholarship by the University of Cambridge.
In 2002 we won the concertmaster position of the Thessaloniki State Symphony orchestra, and he settled in Greece. His compositions for violin and chamber ensembles, as well as his music for theater, have been presented by important artists in Europe, Asia and America. Simos Papanas has performed as a soloist with the Thessalon- iki State Symphony Orchestra, the Athens State Orchestra, the Greek National Radio Orchestra, the Bolshoi Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Germany Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic. Simos Papanas studied violin with Peter Arnaoudov, Stelios Kafantaris, Taras Gabora (Oberlin Conservatory), Erick Friedman (Yale School of Music), baroque violin with Marilyn Mc Donald (Oberlin), and composition with Christos Samaras.