Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Panagiotis Kotsiopoulos, MMus Performance (2015)

Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in Greece and followed a path towards music and education. My life’s dream was always working as a teacher while advancing as much as possible in music performance.

What made you want to apply to your MA course and to Leeds?
The University of Leeds was one of my top choices even before moving to the UK. I spent two years in Germany making a foundation in jazz performance, in order to establish the knowledge that leads to an MA. Moving up to a Masters in Performance in such a demanding and highly accredited institution was the next reasonable step.

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?
The fact that you never actually stop studying. Graduation is only the beginning of your learning enterprise. When leaving the University you face the reality of having to actually discover you own “voice”.

What aspects of the course did you enjoy the most?
The exams – believe it or not! Being in a Performance course meant that I was mainly assessed through an actual concert. Can it get any better?

What would you say about Leeds as a city?
It is the fourth European city that I have lived in for a considerable amount of time (after studying and working in Athens, Lyon, and Berlin) and I am here to stay! Culture is the trademark of this city.

What has been the most surprising thing about coming to Leeds?
You do not need to be in London in order to experience the benefits of the UK; Leeds provides an abundance of great priced homes, inexhaustible job opportunities in the most promising sectors of the industry, entertainment for every taste.

What would you say about the learning facilities in your School and at the University in general?
I was fully satisfied. I was amazed to see the University providing – actually thinking forward – for every single need that the students might experience: from emotional support to legal advice and state of the art equipment.

What other activities are available for students to take part in outside of their studies, and which ones have you tried out yourself?
Just an example; the Students into Schools organisation is forwarding volunteer students in schools around Leeds in order for them to either gain valuable working experience or just contribute to the community. Having a full time teaching job waiting for me in September is accredited to this hard working and efficient team.

What do you plan to do now you’ve finished your course, and how do you think the skills and knowledge you’ve developed at Leeds will help with these plans?
I am very happy to have already started working in the industry. I am a school teacher during the week and I also work as a session musician during the weekends. Moreover, I am honoured to be working as a music tutor at the Universities’ School of Music.

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