Artistic direction

José Ángel Salazar Marín_El Sistema Greece

José Angel Salazar Marin, Artistic Director of El Sistema Greece

Starting in autumn 2018, we are thrilled to welcome José Angel Salazar Marin, the incoming Artistic Director, to the El Sistema Greece family. José Angel, aged 21, is a rising star amongst young conductors and pedagogic leaders. Praised by the likes of The Guardian, the BBC and LA Times for his wunderkind talent, his artistic experience has been formed by the famed El Sistema as well as numerous appearances with orchestras in Europe. As an alumni of the revolutionary Venezuelan programme where he focused on music theory, orchestral conducting and special workshops, José spent several months as an exchange student of the Music Performance Program at the University of Gothenburg in Cooperation with El Sistema Sweden and Fundamusical.

In his career so far, José has demonstrated excellent abilities to work with different communities, including children with special needs, children and youth at risk, and people with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While in Gothenburg, he also participated in the Dream Orchestra where he served as a guest teacher assistant and conductor. Further engagements include Assistant Conductor of Christian Vasquez for the Teresa Carreño Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela or Nueva Esparta’s Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since 2017, he has been serving as Head of The String Department, Violin, Viola and Cello (Beginner) Professor and Principal Conductor for Chamber Orchestra at the Saint Lucia School of Music and for the Children’s Orchestra.


Safira Anztus-Ramos, Music Director of ESGYO

Safira Antzus-Ramos is a musician who is very much involved and aware of the role of music in social change. She graduated from the Conservatorio de Getafe with Distinction in Piano and Chamber Music. Determined to continue her musical journey and always with orchestral conducting in mind, she fulfilled her Bachelor’s degree in Solo Piano Performance with a Scholarship at the Royal Northern College of Music of Manchester, under the tutelage of Colin Stone. She also studied for one year on a scholarship at the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki). In Athens, in 2014, she was awarded her Diploma in piano with Distinction and First Prize.

Safira lives in Athens since 2015, where she has been studying conducting alongside maestro Miltos Logiadis. She has successfully finished her Master´s Degree in piano at the Athens Conservatoire with the renowned soloist Theodore Tzovanakis and studies viola with Antonios Manias. She has also taught conducting seminars both in Argentina and Greece, and has received first awards in Chamber Music and Piano competitions in Spain and England. Safira is a member of The Global Leaders Program (YOA-Orchestra of the Americas), an organism that collaborates with different musical projects for social change around the world. She has appeared as a conductor and teaching artist with orchestras in Spain, Greece, England and in Chile, Mexico and Argentina.

From the backstage…

Co-founders: Anis Barnat and Elisa Sologni

General Manager: Dimitra Raftopoulou

Orchestra Manager/ Instrument Manager: Adriana Grigoriou

Choir Manager/ Hospitality: Angeliki Georgokosta

Community Coordinator: Yousef Alhusaini


Communications Manager: Alexandra Strelcova

Communications Assistant: Sevi Matsakidou

Pedagogy branch

Artistic Director of El Sistema Greece: José Angel Salazar Marin

Artistic Director/Principal ESGYO conductor: Safira Antzus Ramos

Educational Coordinator: Panayiotis Tsirides

Instrument Coordinator: Tzempen Klapakis

Choir Coordinator: Antigoni Keretzi