Pavlos Serassis was born in Athens in 1992. In January 2010 he received the Diploma in Clarinet from the Athens Conservatory. In June 2013 he completed the Bachelor’s degree in Music with specialization in Clarinet from the Hochschule für Musik Basel (Prof. François Benda), in June 2015 the Master’s degree in Clarinet with minor in Composition (Prof. Jakob Ullmann) and in June 2017 the Master’s degree in Specialized Music Performance - Soloist. He also studied conducting with Prof. Rodolfo Fischer. He completed his studies in June 2019 at the same University with Prof. Felix Hauswirth (Diploma of Advanced Studies in Wind Orchestra Conducting), as well as at the Hochschule der Künste Bern with Prof. Florian Ziemen (Diploma of Advanced Studies in Orchestra Conducting). He has attended masterclasses and seminars in clarinet, chamber music, conducting and composition.
At the age of 18 he took the position of principal clarinetist at the National Symphony Orchestra of the Hellenic Radio (2010-11). From 2012 to 2017 he held the same position at the Schweizer Jugend-Sinfonie-Orchester. He has also participated in numerous orchestras and ensembles in Switzerland and Greece.
Currently he is conductor of the Musikgesellschaft Attiswil and the Musikgesellschaft Lostorf , as well as member of the Neues Orchester Basel. He appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician and he teaches clarinet at the Basel Klang Konservatorium.
He has performed as a soloist with various orchestras, including the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Schweizer Jugend-Sinfonie-Orchester, the Chamber Academy Basel, the Athens Symphony Orchestra and the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra. He has played (solo and chamber music) in various festivals, among others the Lucerne Festival, the Festival Cully Classique, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
His CD with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (Schweizer Jugend-Sinfonie-Orchester; Kai Bumann, conductor) was released in 2015. He also participated in Jakob Ullmann’s CD “fremde zeit addendum” (Disappearing Musics), Edition RZ Berlin, 2012.
He is a full member of the Greek Composers’ Union and has composed over 100 works for various instrumentations, most of which have been performed by orchestras, ensembles and soloists in several countries. Some of his works have been included in CDs.
He has been awarded scholarships by the Friends of Music Society, Athens (2012-13 and 2013-14), the Rahn Kulturfonds (2015), the Hirschmann Stiftung (2016) and the Friedl Wald Stiftung (2016). In 2017 he won the First Prize of the Basler Orchester-Gesellschaft.