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Pratsos Panos | Lesvos | Biographical data
• Place of birth

Agiasos, Lesvos
• Short biography

Panos Pratsos was born on December 31st, 1912, in Agiasos. He is an amateur musician with a background in music theory. He played the mandolin, the violin, the piano, and the santouri. His main occupation was the production and trade of olive oil, which he produced on his private olive groves. His father, Dimitros, was also a musician, and played the tabouras.

Panos Pratsos developed his natural talent for music from a very young age. His high position in society, financial affluence and education defined his role as a musician, influenced his choice of musical instruments (mandolin and violin) and formed his special relationship with music and musicians.

His financial situation allowed him to play music “for his own enjoyment”, while his position in society meant he developed a natural preference for urban music. He cultivated this preference along with other musicians – in particular Ch. Rodanos, who plays the violin and has a background in music theory – with whom he studied sheet music that he bought in Athens. He also introduced urban music to the society of Agiasos, by organising, from 1935, cultural evenings (literary and musical) based around this type of music (classical, waltzes, etc).

His name is also connected to the Agiasos Reading Room, “I Anaptyxis”, where he served as president since 1956, and as a member of the Board of Directors from 1935. The Reading Room was founded in 1894, by merchants and industrialists with a shared interest in education; one of their first actions was to create a small library in Agiasos. They also took a special interest in cultural and art events, and organised numerous theatre performances, musical and literary evenings.

As an amateur musician, and as a man of culture, wealth and high social standing, Panos Pratsos managed, early on, to create a “new landscape” on the music scene of Agiasos. His entry into the Board of the Directors of the Reading Room in 1935 gave him both the opportunity and the means to achieve this, while his election, in 1956, as the foundation’s President, signalled a new era of cultural and artistic accomplishments, especially in terms of music.