Eugenia was born in Athens, Greece. She began her first piano lessons at the age of five and studied composition, orchestration and orchestral conducting at the Juilliard School in New York with the distinguished professors Daron Hagen (composition – orchestration) and Vincent la Selva (conducting). She continued her postgraduate studies in Brussels with the composer and conductor Robert Jannsens. She has been conducting her own works in Greece, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland since 2000. In 2006 her work “EPOS” received the second distinction at the International Competition for Opera Composition “Nancy van de Vate” organized in Vienna by Vienna Masterworks. Two years later, she conducted her work “Olympic Symphonic Concert – Two Cultures, one Spirit” in Beijing which was placed under the auspices of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, as part of the official program of the cultural events of the Olympic Games. After a three-year-pause, she is back on stage having composed music for the lyrical drama “Pisanella – the girl from Pisa”, a prize winner work at the International Opera Composition Competition in Miskolc, Hungary. In March 2016, she represented Greece in the Europa Season project in Craiova, Romania. For more information, visit Eugenia' s website, www.eugeniamanolides.com.