Αngeliki Ploka is a versatile young musician; a singer, a choir conductor and a music pedagogue. She was born in Trikala (GR), where she started her musical studies from a young age, studying piano, cello, clarinet and singing. Angeliki obtained her MA in Kodály Music Pedagogy (Excellent-A. Onassis Scholarship) at the Liszt Academy of Music. She studied Choral Conducting with Péter Erdei (Sarolta Kodály Scholarship-IKS) and she received further coaching from Dr. Zoltán Pad and Dr. Árpád Tóth. During her studies in Hungary she also studied singing with Dr. Renáta Darázs, Lied with Roland Hajdú and piano with Anikó Novák at the Liszt Academy of Music, Kodály Institute. Angeliki holds Diplomas in Piano and Music Theory (Excellent-Distinction) and a Bachelor in Musicology/Music Pedagogy with Honors (Hons) from the Department of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Both as a soloist and as an ensemble singer, Angeliki has performed extensively; she has performed premieres of contemporary works in Greece and she has given recitals in Hungary. In the Netherlands, she has sung in productions with the Groot Omroepkoor, the Sweelinck Kamerkoor, the project Meesters & Gezellen 2016, the Young Composers Meeting in collaboration with the Orkest de Ereprijs under the guidance of conductors such as Daniel Reuss, Sigvards Klava, Rob Vermeulen, among others.
As a conductor Angeliki has been leading various ensembles and choirs. Between 2012-2013 she was the conductor of the MOU.S.A.I Choir at the Department of Italian Literature, AUTH (Gr). During her stay in Hungary and in the Netherlands she has worked with choirs such as the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir, the Csíkszerda Kamarakórus, the Mixed Choir of the Kodály Institute and the Residentie Kamerkoor. Αngeliki is the conductor of the Nieuw Kamerkoor Delft, of the Cecilia International Choir of The Hague and of the Amsterdams Studenten Projectkoor.
Angeliki participated in masterclasses both in Music Pedagogy and Choral Conducting with teachers and conductors including Péter Erdei, Dr. László Norbert Nemes, Lenke Igo, Dr. Árpád Tóth, Dr. Zoltán Pad, Kata Körtvési, Zsuzsa Kontra, Lucinda Geoghehan. In 2015, she was selected to participate in the Tenso Masterclass for Conductors, organized by TENSO – the European network for professional chamber choirs. In this masterclass, she worked with the two world-renowned choirs, Cappella Amsterdam and Ηelsingin kamarikuoro, under the guidance of Daniel Reuss and Fredrik Malmberg respectively. In May 2016, Angeliki was invited back for the Tenso Masterclass for Conductors 2016 to work with the Det Norske Solistkor (Norwegian Soloists’ Choir) under the guidance of Grete Pedersen and Daniel Reuss during the Tenso Days in Mechelen (Belgium).
As a music pedagogue Angeliki has applied the principals of Kodály’s philosophy in teaching pre-school music, music theory/solfege and piano for more than eight years. Since 2015, she has been invited to lead seminars/workshops in Kodály Music Pedagogy (Let us sing correctly!) at the Music Village in Greece. She teaches music theory at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (Koninklijk Conservatorium) and teaches solfege/repertoire according to Kodály’s pedagogical philosophy at the Dutch National Choirs (Nationale Koren-Vocaal Talent Nederland) in Amsterdam.
Angeliki is currently based in The Hague, pursuing further studies in classical singing and in choral conducting at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (Koninklijk Conservatorium).