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Magdalini Giannikou graduated from Berklee with a double major in film scoring and contemporary writing and production, after completing her diploma in classical piano and jazz studies in her native Athens, Greece. She founded the artistic project Banda Magda and has performed with her band in 22 different countries across five continents, collaborating with Grammy Award winners such as Snarky Puppy and Susana Baca.
Giannikou has extensive experience as a producer, composer, and arranger, having written and arranged not only for her own projects, but also for formations such as Kronos Quartet and Metropole Orkest. As the daughter and granddaughter of female music educators, her natural gift and love for education is palpable. She has taught in different settings ranging from middle and high school workshops to master classes and seminars at international conferences and universities, including Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain. Her 16 years as an active bandleader, music director, producer, conductor, educator, and director of multidisciplinary projects in the global music industry make her an ideal fit for the role of program director for the Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) program. She speaks Greek, English, French, and Spanish.
While at Berklee, recipient of the George Delerue Scholarship in Film Scoring and the BMI Scholarship in Film Scoring