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Georges Athanasiadès was born in 1929 in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. His father, of Greek origin, a pianist and choir leader initiated him in music.
After completing his classical and theological studies, followed by the study of German literature and musicology at the Universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg, Breisgau, he distinguished himself as organist at the Conservatory of Lausanne, where he received the highest diplomas.

A Canon of Abbey Saint-Maurice in Switzerland, a priest since 1952 and longtime professor at the Lycee there, he is titular organist in the Basilica, which possesses a remarkable instrument.

He was often invited to perform at music festivals in Europe and has toured North America, Japan. In 2009 he was the first European invited to play an organ recital at the National Centre for the Performing Arts of Beijing. Both the musical audience and the press emphasize the masterly qualities of his interpretations. In addition to numerous radio recordings, he has made some fifteen discs. He likes also to play with Partners and Orchestras. Besides he is demanded as expert for the construction and restauration of organs.

He serves frequently as a jury member in national and international music competitions such as «Franz Liszt» in Budapest, «Clara Haskil» in Vevey and «Jugend musiziert» in Leoben, Austria.
In 2001, thanks to the Foundation Georges Cramer, Georges Athanasiadès founded the International Organ Competition in Saint-Maurice.

As adviser to a private foundation he his in a position to help many young  musisians with a scholarship and remains in contact with them.

Biblical and musical lectures are regularly on his schedule, for instance in the Open Universities, on Radio Suisse Romande, at the «Cercle romand Richard Wagner» and for religious bodies. Since 2003 he is invited to introduce the works for the Avenches Opera Festival. He has actively participated in Paris in translation commissions of Vatican II Council for Liturgy and Psalms. Georges Athanasiadès is author and translator of articles and books in the arts and theology, including Mysterium Salutis (Paris), le Message des Icônes (Fribourg), Initiation à la musique par le disque (Lausanne), Pas de musique sans amour – Biography of Josef Krips (Saint-Maurice), Wer singt, betet doppelt – Schriften zur Musik und Theologie (Wien).

Georges Athanasiadès is honorary member of the Franz-Liszt-Societies in Budapest and Vienna. He received the Rünzi Prize in Switzerland for his achievements in theology, literature and music as well the Gold Medal of the City of Paris.