Markellos Chrysikopoulos studied the harpsichord with M. Dalmati in Athens. He continued his studies in Paris with S. Romeo and O. Baumont, in Salzburg with K. Gilbert and S. Rampe and in Geneva with the late Ch. Jaccottet of whom he was the last student. He has been regularly performing in major venues both as soloist and continuo player. As a musical assistant and vocal coach he participated in various award winning recordings and productions:
G. Fr. Haendel: Arianna in Creta, Tamerlano, Giulio Cesare and Alessandro Severo, Gluck: Il Trionfo di Clelia (MDG), Baroque Divas (Sony), Handel: Alessandro, Siroe, Arminio (Decca) etc.
Having acquired a vast and solid repertoire ranging from early madrigals to Mozart operas, he founded the Latinitas Nostra early music ensemble making odd musical pairings the trademark of the group - in projects such as “An English Traveller into the Levant” with Elisabethan and Ottoman music (Athens Festival 2013) and “… for soon I will be layed in earth…” with French Leçons des Ténèbres and Rebetiko music (Onassis Cultural Center 2015). His production of Monteverdi’s Incoronazione di Poppea as well as Stradella's San Giovanni Battista have been acclaimed as highlights of the Athens Festival. He has conducted the Venice Baroque Orchestra in a double cd recording (Olimpiade-Naïve) that was awarded the |Classica distinction.
As a conductor he often collaborates with Armonia Atenea, with the State Symphony Orchestra of Athens, the State Symphony Orchestra of Thessaloniki as well as with other ensembles like the Irish Baroque Orchestra (Handel's Ariodante in Dublin) etc. His recordings with Latinitas Nostra include a CD with 17th century lamenti featuring Italian mezzosoprano R. Basso (Naïve) much appraised by the international press and a collection of 18th century dilettante music with Spanish countertenor X. Sabata (Aparté) that was awarded the Melomano de Oro distinction.
Near-future engagements comprise among others a Handel program at the Festspiele Halle with tenor J. Sancho, a Wigmore Hall concert with D. Behle and Armonia Atenea, conducting a performance of Handel's Scipione at Theater an der Wien and a production of Purcell's Fairy Queen at the Greek National Opera.