B I O G R A P H Y
Greek flutist and Trevor James Low Flutes Artist Dr. Eftihia Arkoudis is a versatile performer and educator. Currently, she holds the Adjunct Flute Professor position at Frostburg State University, where she has also taught History of Musical Theater and History of Rock.
As a soloist, Eftihia has won the West Virginia University Young Artist Competition and International Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition (2016), was an alternate winner of Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition and National Flute Association Convention Into the Music Masterclass (2018), and was an alternate finalist of Byron Hester Flute Competition (2015). She was also a finalist in the Instrumental College/University Performance division of The American Prize Competition (2018/9). In addition, she has been invited to perform at the College Music Society Conference, Flute Society of Washington Convention, West Fork New Music Festival, and a number of Society of Composers, Inc. regional concerts.
As an orchestral and chamber musician, she has served as the principal flutist of the Orpheus Kammerorchester Wien, Junges Tonkünstler Orchester Bayreuth, Greek-Turkish Youth Symphony Orchestra, WVU Symphony Orchestra, and various other ensembles, giving her the opportunity to perform in prestigious venues of Greece, Austria, Germany, and Turkey. She is a founding member of the award-winning BETA Quartet with whom she has won the Flute Society of Kentucky Flute Quartet Competition (2017), alternate for the Music Teachers National Association Eastern Division Competition (2017) and were the first flute quartet to make it as semifinalists in the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2017). The ensemble performs works by living composers nationally and regionally, including flute conventions such as the National Flute Association, Florida Flute Association, Flute Society of Washington, and Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia BETA released their self-titled debut album in September 2017 with Merandi Records.
Eftihia has a passion for incorporating a theatrical element in her interpretations and enjoys collaborating with singers, dancers, and living composers. As an advocate for new music, she has given the world premiere of several works, including Au Marriage du Village by Solon Michaelidis for flute and string orchestra (2015), Autumn Breeze for flute and piano (dedicated to her) by Donnie Lee (2016), and the award-winning On the Road by Kyle Simpson for narrator and chamber ensemble (2016). With BETA she has premiered In-Sight by Matthew Heap for flute quartet, David Maslanka’s Recitation Book flute arrangement by Tatiana Cassetta, and Waking of the Green Spring and Dance of the Nuraghi Warriors by Anže Rozman. In 2015, she participated in the recording of Orpheus Kammerorchester Wien’s debut album Cavafy III – Theissis, where she is heard playing flute/alto flute to original music composed by Greek composer Athanasios Simoglou.
Eftihia has performed in the masterclasses of Alberto Almarza, Krzysztof Kaczka, Lorna McGhee, Franscesca Arnorne, Erwin Klambauer, and Caroline Debonne, and was selected as a performer for the Jasmine Choi International Masterclass in Austria and the William Bennett Flute Academy in the United States. Her musical activities have been supported by grants from West Virginia University and Friends of Flutes Foundation, and the Susan B. Hardesty, Eleana T. Donley, and Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation scholarships.
Following the musical traditions of the Greek island Corfu, Eftihia took her first flute lessons at the age of twelve as a marching band player. She marched with several bands in Athens and Corfu for the next ten years and in 2008 was hired as the was the primary flute teacher and flute ensemble instructor of the Youth Wind Symphony Concert Band Apostolos Moschos. While maintaining a private studio in Athens teaching music to children with or without physical and learning disabilities, she also worked as an actress-musician with the independent company To Fi whose mission was to bring bed-time stories to life for educational outreach in Athenian elementary schools.
As a teaching and graduate assistant at West Virginia University, Dr. Arkoudis has assisted with teaching applied flute lessons at the undergraduate level and the music appreciation course Intro to Film Music. She has served as a recruiter for the WVU College of Creative Arts (2017-2019), was appointed the Community Outreach Representative of West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the greater area of Morgantown (2017-2018), a Social Media Recruiter for WVU College of Creative Arts (2015-2017), Director of Public Relations for the International Flute Symposium (2017), and Associate General Manager of Mon Hills Records (2015-2016).