Matthew Legakis has the ALCM and LLCM Diplomas in Orchestra Conducting (London College of Music, Thames Valley University). He has also received a diploma and the first prize in Chorus Conducting from the Kodaly Conservatory. He has studied composition in the Art Conservatory, Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue at the Athens National Conservatory, and Wind Instrumentation at the Zografou Conservatory, Athens.
Since 1994 he has conducted and instrumented various choruses and orchestras in more than 250 concerts throughout Greece.
He is the conductor of the professional ensembles “EKLIPSIS Vocal Ensemble – Voice Orchestra” and “ NuovArte Chamber Orchestra”, and has presented an extended variety of repertoires in over 90 concerts all over Greece. Additionally, he is conducting the Mixed Choir of Dionysos “Semeli” and the Mixed Choir of the Municipality of Dionysos.
He has collaborated in concerts and recitals with leading lyric artists like Sonia Theodoridou, Anthony Koroneos, Mina Polychronou, Maira Milolidaki, John Christopoulos, Roxanne Papadimitriou, Eleftheria Voutsina, Joanne Vrakatseli, Christine Karamaltidou, Evdokia Moisidou, John Filias and Sophie Karvounas, and the acting performers Mania Papademetriou and Nick Psarras.
Matthew has composed musical compositions for plays, and has instrumented and covered a large number of works for many different ensembles he has conducted.
He has participated in the presentation of a multitude of concerts in festivals and choir meetings by conducting various orchestras and choirs. Among these are the Philarmonic Orchestra, the orchestra and choir of the Municipality of Kalloni, Lesvos and of the “Attiko Metro” company, the choir and orchestra of string instruments of the Municipality of Saint Stefanos, Attiki, the choir of the Municipality of New Chalkidona, Athens, and the choir of the Municipality of Drosia, Attiki.
From 2007 to 2008, he worked for the Department of Music Studies, University of Athens, Greece. Currently, he is teaching music in public schools, and advanced theory of music in conservatories.