Dr. Michalis Koutsoupides is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Artist in Residence at Avila University, where he teaches violin, viola, piano, music theory courses music technology, and ensembles. Dr. Koutsoupides has taught in the public system and privately since 2007. He holds a Doctoral degree in Viola Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in Violin Performance, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Violin and Composition from the University of Kansas, and piano Diplomas from the National Conservatory of Cyprus and the Royal Schools of Music.
Dr. Koutsoupides appeared in music festivals across the United States, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Koutsoupides was featured as a soloist with the Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, the St. Joseph Symphony, the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Austin Chamber Players. He recorded with groups in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, and New York, and has performed with the St. Joseph Symphony, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and the Kansas City Symphony, just to name a few.
He enjoys playing in the orchestra pit, creating Mainstage programming, and conducting for shows at the New Theater, KC Repertory theater, The Barn, Jewish Community Center, Johnson County Community College, Unicorn, American Heartland Theatre, Musical Theatre Heritage, and other venues around town. Michalis has orchestrated for new productions, such as Have You Met Miss Jones?, Rhythm City, and arranged for several other productions. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with names such as Sir. Peter Gabriel, Idina Menzel, Shirley Jones, Ron Bohmer, Stevie Wonder, and many others. Originally a native of Cyprus, Dr. Koutsoupides has become a citizen of the United States as of 2017 and is proud to call Kansas City home.