Eleni Mitsiaki is a musicologist, film music journalist, radio producer and production manager (mainly for The Friends of Music Society, Megaron - Athens Concert Hall).
Growing up in a classical music environment, she studied Musicology in the Music Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki unanimously awarded her Piano Diploma with honours. She studied French Piano Music next to Chrysanthi Tournaki (Marguerite Long, Paris) and Russian piano literature next to Igor Petrin (Tschaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow). She is also a graduate of Advanced Theory, with degrees in Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Orchestration and Music Composition. She has given numerous solo piano performances and chamber music concerts in Athens and other cities in Greece, as well as in Germany and spent more than 25 years as a piano and advanced music theory teacher. For the past fifteen years she has been working as a musicologist at the Music Library of Greece “Lilian Voudouri” of the Megaron - Athens Concert Hall specializing in film music, aspects of popular music and connections between music, literature and mixed media and for the last 5 years as a production manager, focus on film music events for Friends of Music Society at Megaron - Athens Concert Hall.
She has worked as editor in chief for classicalmusic.gr portal and has also been a music editor for numerous greek music magazines (SONIK, Pepper Music, Avopolis, Project Amoeba, Movieworld)
Mesmerized by silent films and the idea of creating an overall musical world for each film and an audiovisual result that you couldn’t have heard back in the silent era, she has been dealing with contemporary practices for their musical re-scoring and she has worked as music editor and compiler of silent film screenings for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th Silent Film Festival at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens, Greece and for the 1st Silent Film Festival organized by Pharos Arts Foundation, in Nicosia, Cyprus (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari by Robert Wiene, Nana by Jean Renoir, Mother by Vsevolod Pudovkin, The Merry Widow by Erich von Stroheim, Le Retour A La Raison and Les Mystères du Château de Dé by Man Ray, The Man Who Laughs by Paul Leni, The General Line by Sergei Eisenstein, Leaves From Satan’s Book and Michael by Carl Thedor Dreyer among others).
She has given lectures on history of film music, the invasion of pop culture into film scoring, on re-scoring silent films and moderated panels with Abel Korzeniowski, Yann Tiersen and more during Film Music Festivals.
She is an IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) member as well as founder and editor in chief of the film music site Kinetophone.com, which features film music news, articles, interviews and film music projects. She is also a member of the Judging Panel of the Oticons Faculty International Film Music Competition.
Since 2008, she is devoted to spreading the love for film music and discovering new film composers, through her weekly 2-hour radio show City Lights. Although growing up in a classical music environement where the symphonic idiom had a strong impact to her musical taste, more and more is amazed and excited with what the alternative and indie scene is offering lately to film music. Her City Lights Radioshows and the Kinetophone film music projects are lately focus towards to that direction.