Department of Music Studies



Aesthetics of Music

Tel.:0030 210 7277479

Room: 923

Floor: 9th

Contact: Wednesday, 11.00-12.00




PhD in musicology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (1999, with honours); Magister Artium in symphonic orchestra & opera conducting, State Conservatorium “Rimsky-Korsakov” of St. Petersburg, Russia (1993, with honours); classical guitar diploma, Athens National Conservatory (1986, with honours)


Academic Career

Member of the academic staff of the Music Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens since 2001 (Lecturer 2001-2005; Assistant Professor, 2005-2011; Associate Professor, 2011-2015; Professor, 2015-). Member of the scientific board of the journals Mousikologia, Axiologika and Signum (of the National Technical University of Athens); member of the board of Sakis Karagiorgas Foundation; founding member and member of the first board of the Hellenic Musicological Society; member of the Internationale Helmuth Plessner Gesellschaft; collaborator of the Greek State Scholarship Foundation and the musical encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG). More than fifty conference participations in Greece and abroad. 

Research interests

Aesthetics of music, general aesthetics and philosophy, Greek art and popular music. Emphasis on issues of value and normativity, critical theory, philosophical anthropology.



  1. Introduction to Historical and Systematic Musicology. Presented and discussed are some topics of major importance for musicology, such as: the object and fields of musicology; the main concepts of musicology (form, genre, style); problems of periodization and methodology in music historiography; tonality and tonal systems; aesthetic and sociological parameters of music; music analysis and its relation to value judgment etc.
  2. Sociology of Music. An introduction to the sociological study of music, through a presentation and critical discussion of the work of some of its main representatives, such as Auguste Comte, Herbert Spencer, Georg Simmel, Jules Combarieu, Paul Bekker, Max Weber, Alfred Schutz, John Mueller, Alphons Silbermann, Kurt Blaukopf, Tia DeNora and, prominently, Theodor W. Adorno. Examined are such issues as, among others, the social formation of the materials, styles, forms and genres of music, the social role of the musician and the social function of music, the nature and development of musical institutions and audiences.
  3. The Romantic Symphony from Schubert to Mahler (seminar). The seminar aims at a spherical historical, analytic and aesthetic study of the symphony during a period expanding from 1815 to 1914, a period where symphony was considered the leading genre of instrumental music. Each academic year will be devoted to one or two of important composers of symphonies, such as Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Berlioz, Liszt, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler.
  4. Musical Criticism in Theory and Practice. As regards theory, we examine the three main aspects of musical criticism: description, interpretation and evaluation, with special emphasis on evaluation as the final goal of criticism. Relatedly we discuss some major theories of artistic value, including those of Hume, Kant, Hanslick, Beardsley, Adorno and Dahlhaus. As regards practice, we introduce and analyze in terms of aims, strategies and style texts by major representatives of music criticism. 



  1. The Musical Good. Theories of Artistic Value, Athens 2020
  2. Greek Music. Issues of Ideological and Institutional Critique, Athens 2013 (in Greek)
  3. Music in Modern Philosophy. From Kant to Adorno, Athens 2012 (in Greek)
  4. Elements and Environments of Music. A Philosophical Introduction to Musicology, Athens 2012 (in Greek)
  5. Nationalism and Populism in Greek Music. Political Aspects of a Cultural Divergence, Athens 2011 (in Greek)
  6. Basic Methods of Orchestration, Athens 2006 (in Greek)
  7. Will and Sound. The Metaphysics of Music in the Philosophy of Schopenhauer, Athens 2004 (in Greek)
  8. E. Hanslick, Vom musikalisch-Schönen, transl. & postscript by M. Tsetsos, Athens 2003 (in Greek)
  9. Hegel, Ästhetik der Musik, transl. & postscript by M. Tsetsos, Athens 2002 (in Greek)
  10. R. Wagner, Beethoven, edited and introduced by Μ. Tsetsos, translated by I. Foulias, Athens 2013 (in Greek)
  11. M. Tsetsos & I. Foulias (eds.), W. A. Mozart. Fifteen Approaches, Athens 2008 (in Greek)


Representative Publications

  1. "Nature-Conditioned Non-Nature. Helmuth Plessner's Contribution to an Integrated Conception of Music", Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 78/3 (2021) (forthcoming)
  2. «Die Kunst des tönenden Verhaltens. Helmuth Plessners Beitrag zur Musikästhetik und Musikanthropologie», International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 51/2 (2020), 145-164
  3. «Irrationalität und Sinnenfeindschaft. Zur faustischen Musikphilosophie Oswald Spenglers», in M. Perrakis (ed.), Musik und Lebensphilosophie (Studien zur Wertungsforschung, vol. 64), Vienna / London / New York 2020, 81-103
  4. «Music of a Life Constitutively Homeless, or the Return of Ulysses. Helmuth Plessner unriddles Nikos Skalkottas», in M. Perrakis (ed.), Music as aesthetic idea of life (Studien zur Wertongsforschung, vol. 61), Vienna / London / New York 2019, 143-165
  5. «Ästhetische Schriften zur Musik und modernen Malerei», in J. Fischer (ed.), Plessner-Handbuch. Leben – Werk – Wirkung, Stuttgart 2021
  6. “Normative Aesthetics without Values (?) Aporias of Theory in Adorno”, Axiologika 29 (2015), 9-35 (in Greek)
  7. “Music and Human Nature in Rousseau. Solving the Antinomies”, in R. Azizoglu & G. Faraklas (eds.), Democracy in Exile. A Guide to Rousseau’s Thought 300 Years after his Death, Athens 2013, 371-396 (in Greek)
  8. “Beethoven and the Birth of Wagnerian Drama from the Spirit of Symphonic Music”, editor’s introduction in R. Wagner, Beethoven, transl. by I. Foulias, Athens 2013, 11-49 (in Greek)
  9. “Arnold Schoenberg and the Problem of Value in Music”, in: In memoriam G. Amargianakis, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Music Studies, Athens 2013, 245-260 (in Greek)
  10. “The Specificity of Musical Meaning in Helmuth Plessner’s Philosophical Anthropology of the Senses”, in E. Cambouropoulos, C. Tsougras, P. Mavromatis, K. Pastiadis (eds.), Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition and the 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Thessaloniki 2012, 1025-1032
  11. “Postmodern Musicology and the Subjectivity of Value”, in Martha Grabocz & Makis Solomos (eds.), New Musicology. Perspectives critiques, Filigrane. Musique, esthétique, sciences, société 11 (2010), 141-163
  12. “Zur Hegelschen Kritik einer ethisch-politischen Wirkung der Musik“, in A. Arndt, P. Cruysberghs, A. Przylebski (eds.), Hegels politische Philosophie. Zweiter Teil. Hegel Jahrbuch 2009, Berlin 2009, 104-107
  13. “Critical Axiology and Aesthetic Theory. Some Issues” in M. Angelidis, S. Dimitriou, A. Lavranou (eds.), Theory, Values, Critique. Hommage a C. Psychopedis, Athens 2008, 539-555 (in Greek)
  14. “Zum Lebensbegriff in der Ästhetik Hegels”, in A. Arndt, P. Cruysberghs, A. Przylebski (eds.), Das Leben denken. Zweiter Teil. Hegel Jahrbuch 2007, Berlin 2007, 18-22
  15. “Aesthetic Values. Issues of Theory in H. Rickert and M. Scheler” Axiologika 15 (2006), 165-180 (in Greek)
  16. “Glauben und Wissen in der Musik der Neuzeit“, in Α. Arndt, K. Bal, H. Ottmann (eds.), Glauben und Wissen. Zweiter Teil. Hegel Jahrbuch 2004, Berlin 2004, 31-36
  17. “Bruno Walter, the Romantic Idealist”, postscript in B. Walter, On Music, transl. by M. Antonopoulou & F. Panagiotopoulou, Athens 2004, 301-328 (in Greek)
  18. “Eduard Hanslick and the Values of Music Criticism”, postscript in E. Hanslick, Vom musikalisch-Schönen, transl. in Greek by. M. Tsetsos, Athens 2003, 139-194 (in Greek)


Artistic Activity

As a guitarist, awards in international and national competitions (Milan, 1981; Athens, 1984; Athens, 1985); sound recordings of LP discs (works by D. Fampas, 1981, M. Theodorakis, 1985) and CDs (guitar concertos by Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos and M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Chamber Orchestra of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Vladimir Altshuler, cond., 1994; violin & guitar duos by Paganini, 1997). As a conductor, collaborations with major Greek orchestras, such as: Athens State Orchestra, ERT National Symphony Orchestra, Athens Camerata (Armonia Atenea), Chamber Orchestra of the National Opera, Orchestra of Patras, Orchestra of the National Opera Studio, Orchestra of the Conservatories.