Peter Tiboris

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Peter Tiboris
Peter Tiboris Conducting at Festival of the Aegean in 2007

Peter Ernest Tiboris is an American producer particularly noted for conducting and producing concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and other classical music venues around the world, especially in Greece.[1] He has conducted over 50 concerts in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center and produced nearly 1300 concerts worldwide through the company he founded in 1983, MidAmerica Productions. Mr. Tiboris' concerts have been hailed by The New York Times as "sizzling and precise," and "vigorous...alert and energetic."[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Peter Tiboris was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on October 31, 1947, to Ernest Peter Tiboris, a dentist, from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and Stella Menas, of Waukegan, Illinois, first generation Greek-Americans of the Greek Orthodox faith.[3]

Peter Tiboris’ interests in Greek culture and music began at age five with piano lessons and continued at age nine with organ lessons given by the Reverend Father Peter Murtos of the St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Sheboygan. At age 10 he became St. Spyridon's organist.

Peter Tiboris studied music education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, receiving a bachelor's degree (B.M.) in 1970 and a master's degree (M.S.) in 1974. While still an undergraduate, he became Assistant Choir Master at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Madison, under Michael Petrovich.

In 1980, he received a doctorate (Ed.D) in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Between 1972 and 1984, he taught at colleges in Wisconsin, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Louisiana.

MidAmerica Productions[edit]

While serving as Associate Professor of Music at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette (now called University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1983, Peter Tiboris was asked to organize a concert in New York to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Archbishop Iakovos as Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America. The concert, on January 7, 1984, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, brought together soloists, choruses from Louisiana and New York, and the American Symphony Orchestra for a Greek-themed program which included the world premiere of Dinos Constantinides’ Hymn to the Human Spirit and the New York premiere of Constantinides’ Lament of Antigone.[4] The concert also marked the New York conducting debut of Peter Tiboris and the inaugural concert of MidAmerica Productions.

A review of Peter Tiboris’ first concert, written by the critic Tim Page in The New York Times, deemed Mr. Tiboris’ New York conducting debut “vigorous…alert, energetic.”[5]

Peter Tiboris has conducted many works in the choral repertoire as well as symphonic works, operas, and ballets, including world, U.S., and New York premieres of works by Beethoven/Mahler, Bruckner, Dinos Constantinides, Dello Joio, Dohnányi, Effinger, Philip Glass, Gregory Magarshak, Mozart, Nielsen, Schnittke, Taneyev,[6] Tchaikovsky, and Mikis Theodorakis.;[7][8][9][10] as well as rarely performed works by Cherubini[11] and Rossini.[12][13] He has also conducted in more than 20 countries, including Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. In March 2016, he made his Asian conducting debut with the Macau Symphony Orchestra in China.

MidAmerica Productions has presented nearly 1300 concerts worldwide,[14] including 1011 concerts in New York, in such venues as Stern Auditorium, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; and Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. The original choral format has expanded to include Madrigal Festivals, a National Wind Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Festivals, National Festival Youth Orchestra, Sweet Adelines, and solo concerts featuring such musicians as Alan Gilbert and Stanley Drucker. Since 1988, English composer and conductor John Rutter has made over 100 appearances with MidAmerica, including at the world premiere of his Mass of the Children in February 2003.

The company has become a launching pad for Elysium Recordings, Inc.,[15] a CD label founded in 1995 that has released 27 recordings to date and is distributed by ArkivMusic[16] which includes significant works by Mascagni[17] and performances by Lukas Foss; the Manhattan Philharmonic, a freelance orchestra in New York; a solo and chamber music series at Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall; and a music festival in Greece, Festival of the Aegean,[18][19][20][21] which completed its 11th season in 2015 on the Island of Syros and was named “Best Festival in Greater Greece 2011” by the Music Critics of the Union of Greek Music and Theater Critics, Athens, Greece.[22] In 2013 Peter Tiboris founded MidAm International, Inc., a producer of concerts in Europe and Asia. Since then, in addition to the annual Festival of the Aegean, MidAm International, Inc. has presented concerts in Vienna, Austria; and Florence, Italy with proposed concerts through 2017 in Vienna, Austria; Florence, Italy; Syros, Greece; and Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing, China.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Peter Tiboris is married to the soprano Eilana Lappalainen and has two children from a previous marriage, Ernest Peter Tiboris, born in 1979; and Stephanie Susan Tiboris, born in 1982. His brother, Gus, a dentist, was born in 1948 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.


Title / Work Year Label Number
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet; Taneyev: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 12 1992 Bridge 9034
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" (incorporating Mahler's Retuschen) 1992 Bridge 9033
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67; Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 (incorporating Mahler's Retuschen) 1993 Albany 110
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C (The Great C Major); Beethoven: Overture “For the Consecration of the House” (incorporating Mahler's Retuschen) 1993 Albany 089
Verdi: Requiem 1995 Elysium GRK708
Mascagni: Silvano 1995 Elysium GRK707
Haydn and Hellenic Antiquity: Symphony No. 43 (“Mercury”), Scena di Berenice, Ariadne Auf Naxos Cantata, Aria from Orfeo, Insertion Aria for Traetta's Iphigenia 1995 Elysium GRK706
All Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 (“Eroica”); Coriolan Overture, Op. 62; Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72A (incorporating Mahler's Retuschen) 1995 Elysium GRK702
All Dvorak: The Water Goblin, Op. 107; Symphonic Variations, Op. 78; Slavonic Rhapsody, Op. 45, No. 2; Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66 1995 Elysium GRK701
Dvorak: The Spectre's Bride 1995 Elysium GRK700
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550; Symphony No. 41 in C (“Jupiter”), K.551; Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 (incorporating Mahler's Retuschen) 1996 Elysium GRK710
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67; Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92 (incorporating Mahler's Retuschen) 1997 Elysium GRK712
Music for Doubles: Works by Krommer, Saint-Saens, Martinu 1998 Elysium GRK714
Mascagni: Zanetto; L'amico Fritz—Intermezzo; Cavalleria rusticana—Intermezzo 2008 Elysium GRK726


  1. ^ "Maestro Peter Tiboris: Celebrating 40 years of Concerts from NYC to Macao to St. Petersburg". The National Herald. 11 November 2022. Retrieved 4 March 2024.
  2. ^ Allan Kozinn, “Review/Music; Venerable Hanoverians Make New York Debut”, The New York Times, July 14, 1990
  3. ^ "Stella (Menas) Tiboris Obituary", Sheboygan Press, September 25, 2012
  4. ^ "Tiboris Presents Festival of the Aegean", Leadership 100, 2008
  5. ^ Tim Page, "Rossini's 'Stabat Mater' At Alice Tully Hall", The New York Times, January 9, 1984
  6. ^ Allan Kozinn, Opera Review: Murder in Ancient Greece, Accompanied by Choirs", The New York Times, June 22, 2004
  7. ^ ”U.S. Premiere of Theodorakis’ Opera ‘Electra’”, The National Herald, October 16–17, 1999
  8. ^ Allan Kozinn, “Music Review: Oracular and Talky, an ‘Electra’ by a Greek”, The New York Times, June 1, 2000
  9. ^ ”US Awaits Mikis Theodorakis’ ‘Electra’”, Athens News, June 1, 2000
  10. ^ ”MidAmerica to Stage Theodorakis Opera”, The Greek American, June 2, 2000
  11. ^ Bernard Holland, “Intrigue and Vengeance Revel in the Sounds of Cherubini”, The New York Times, June 5, 2006
  12. ^ ”Midamerica Productions: Rossini’s ‘Ermione’”, The New Yorker, June 2, 2003
  13. ^ Jeremy Eichler, “Opera Review: Post-Trojan War Turmoil in a Rarely-heard Rossini”, The New York Times, June 5, 2003
  14. ^ "MAP Stats", MidAmerica Productions, Retrieved 11/3/2015
  15. ^ Brown, Royal S. (July 1995). "On to Elysium: An Interview with Peter Tiboris". Fanfare. 18 (6).
  16. ^ [1], ArkivMusic, Retrieved 11/3/2015
  17. ^ Stephen Francis Vasta, “Mascagni: Zanetto”, Opera News, August 2008
  18. ^ "Uncharted". Greek America. 5 (4–5): 36–39. April 1999.
  19. ^ Nina Teicholz, ”Peter Tiboris & the Festival of the Aegean”, Odyssey Summer Guide ’00
  20. ^ Elis Kiss, “Aegean Festival Raises a Glass”, Kathimerini English Edition, July 18, 2011
  21. ^ “Aegean Festival”, International Herald Tribune, July 14, 2012
  22. ^ [2], Festival of the Aegean, Retrieved 11/3/2015
  23. ^ [3]MidAmerica Productions, Retrieved 11/3/2015

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