Dora Bakopoulou was born in Athens, Greece. The conductor Dimitris Mitropoulos played a decisive role in her life by vividly encouraging her to continue her piano studies, having met her as a child in New York.
She studied at the Athens Conservatory graduating with honors. She then enrolled at the Geneva Conservatory and studied with Louis Hiltbrand, obtaining the “Premier Prix de Virtuosité avec distinction”. She also studied (summer classes) in Salzburg with Friedrich Gulda and Vienna with Paul Badura Skoda. She has also been a prizewinner at international competitions in Munich and Vercelli (Italy).
She has given recitals worldwide, including London, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York (United Nations) and she has toured in central Europe. She has represented Greece in an official capacity in various cultural events abroad. She has given solo performances at the ancient theatre of Herodio Atticus Theatre within the framework “Athens: Cultural Capital of Europe”.
She has made a number of recordings of Greek composers (notably Manos Hadjidakis and Mikis Theodorakis) and from the foreign repertoire.
The Athens Academy conferred on her the Motsenigos Award for her service to music.
Dora Bakopoulou currently lives and works in Greece, where she has given a large number of concerts and has frequently appeared with the Greek State Orchestras. She is a piano professor at the Athens Conservatory.