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My first degree was in Music Studies at the University of Athens. I also studied music (piano and theory) at the National Conservatory of Greece. Subsequently I received an MMus in Musicology from King’s College London and a DPhil from Oxford. I also held research fellowships at Christ Church Oxford (Junior Research Fellowship), the University of Lausanne (Swiss Federal Scholarship) and the University of Athens (Postdoctoral Fellowship). Before taking up my current post as Marie Curie International Fellow I was Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s. I am co-convenor of the Study Group for Russian and Eastern European Studies of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies. My research and publications focus on Greek and Russian music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and the reception of Greek antiquity in music.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Music and culture of the 19th-21st centuries (especially Russian and Greek music)
  • The reception of Greek antiquity in music
  • Music festivals
  • Music and identity
  • Music and emigration


  • Roderick Beaton, Katerina Levidou, Polina Tambakaki, and Panos Vlagopoulos (eds.), Music, Language and Identity in Greece: Defining a National Art Music in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2019).
  • Katerina Levidou, Katy Romanou, and George Vlastos (eds.), Musical Receptions of Greek Antiquity: From the Romantic Era to Modernism (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016).
  • Katerina Levidou, ‘Feasts in Time of “Plague”: Festivals of Western Art Music in Greece during the Crisis’, in Dimitris Tziovas (ed.), Greece in Crisis: The Cultural Politics of Austerity (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017), 180-97
  • Katerina Levidou, ‘Between the National and the Universal: Music as a Uniting Force in Interwar “Russia Abroad”’, in Philip Ross Bullock et al. (eds.), Loyalties, Solidarities and Identities in Russian Society, History and Culture (London: School of Slavonic and East European Studies UCL, 2013), 181-200.
  • Katerina Levidou, ‘The Twentieth Century: Un siècle de musique … russe?’, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 136/1 (spring 2011), 181-93.