Apostolia Nikouli is a symphony and opera conductor from Greece. Currently, she serves as Assistant Conductor at the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, Ms. Nikouli conducts the ‘The Orchestra at the Beach’ and serves on the orchestral and keyboard studies faculty at California State University of Long Beach. During her Master’s studies, she has also served as assistant conductor of the BCCM Opera Institute where she conducted a performance of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
Nikouli’s passion for orchestral conducting started when she moved to the United States to study under the guidance of Dr. Johannes Müller Stosch at California State University of Long Beach. She has also studied with Andreas Mitisek, Mark Gibson, Jacob Sustaita, Georg Friedrich Sandmann, and Michalis Economou. Moreover, she received her degree in Choral Conducting in Greece with high honors. Ms. Nikouli has guest conducted the Thessaloniki City Symphony Orchestra, Athens City Symphony Orchestra, and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra where she premiered contemporary pieces in cooperation with Aristotle University’s Contemporary Music Lab. She has also served as an assistant conductor for the Thessaloniki City Symphony Orchestra, North College Choir, and as a Principal Conductor of the children’s orchestra and choir at the Thessaloniki Catholic Church.
Apart from her conducting focus, Ms. Nikouli has done a myriad of musicology research. She pursued her first Masters in Analysis at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where she completed her master’s thesis on the comprehensive research of Stravinsky’s Symphony in C titled Stravinsky, Symphony in C, Analytical and aesthetic approach in the context of Neoclassicism. She has also contributed to a paper on behalf of the Hellenic Musicology Society, entitled Rephrase the tradition: The multifaceted role of symmetry in Symphony in C (1938-1940) of Igor Stravinsky.