Zoi Tsokanou has been invited and awarded in several international and national conducting competitions. In 2013, she conducted the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as one of the 12 finalists of the 4th Gustav Mahler International Competition and she was awarded with the 3rd distinction at the Grzegorz Fitelberg competition in Poland. The same year she celebrated her debut at the Greek National Opera by conducting the New Year Concert in Athens. Recent engagements include, among other, appereances with the Zurich Academic Orchestra, the Arosa Festival Orchestra and the Greek National Opera with a new production of the Fledermaus by J. Strauss.
She has been selected by Bernard Haitink twice to participate in his Master Class by the Lucerne Festival at Easter 2011-12. In addition she attended Master Classes with David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra, as well as with Stefan Asbury at the University of Arts Zurich. During 2009-11 she has been appointed associate conductor with the Western Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in Marienbad, Czech Republic. She is music director of the Arosa Music Theater since 2011 where she also works with the Ricordi Edition on rediscovering operas of Johann Simon Mayr.
She has conducted many European Orchestras and Ensembles including Festival Strings Lucerne, Regensburg Philharmonic, Musik Kollegium Winterthur, Zagreb Radio Orchestra, Kollegium Musicum Basel, Silesian Symphony, Karlovy Vary Symphony and Sofia Academic Orchestra as well as all the leading Greek Symphony Orchestras. In the field of Opera, she made her conducting debut in 2008 with Mozarts Don Giovanni at the Summer Academy Teplice, and she had further engagements with the Regensburg Theater, Contemporary Opera Zurich, Pocket Opera Company, Swiss Opera Studio etc. At the same time she performs as song accompanist and chamber musician in concert.
In December 2010 she completed her studies in orchestral conducting with Johannes Schlaefli at the University of Arts Zurich. She also holds a Master Degree in Piano Performance, class of Konstantin Scherbakov, and a Musicology Degree with distinction from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.