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artists biographies

Iraklis Vavatsikas was born and raised in Thessaloniki. He took his first accordion lessons in 1978 with Vassilis Tsimitsiadis and in 1982 he continued his studies and graduated with excellent grades from Kostas Aroutzidis’ class in the “New Music School of Thessaloniki” in 1992. In 1993 he started playing the Bayan (Classical Accordion) and took lessons from Viatseslav Semionov (Russia).…
From an early age Katerina learned the classical piano, folk guitar and baglama. Although she is of young age, for years she is considered to be one of the best singers for rebetika and traditional Greek songs. She has already performed in the biggest stages of Athens and innumerable gigs all over Greece, as well as in other countries (Norway,…
Kostis Kostakis was born on the 3/4/1986 and grew up in Nea Ionia, Athens. His first involvement with the guitar will come at the age of 8. He started playing classical guitar whilst studying for about 5 years at a conservatory. In the later years of high school he will also start playing electric guitar and also be part of…
Labrini Gioti was born in Athens,Greece.She has graduated from the Musical Highschool of Pallini(1999),the National Conservatory of Athens with a Diploma in the Classical Piano(with Excellency- 2003),the conservatory OPERA with a ptyhion in Modern and Traditional singing(2005), the American College of Greece(Deree College) with a BA in Music Studies(High Distinction -2005),the University of Limerick/Irish World Academy of Music and Dance…
Manolis Pappos is one of the most important composers and bouzouki players of the last 50 years, with more than 800 compositions to date. He is well known for his collaborations with Greek and international artists like Theodorakis, Xarhakos, Arvanitaki, Galani, Ntalaras, Papazoglou, Malamas, Tsaligopoulou, Peridis, Ioannidis and Loreena Mckennitt, Vinicio Capossela, Ross Dally, Nasheer Shama, Michel Hatzigeorgiou and many…
The guitar is the backbone of any good rebétika band and Nikos Protópapas is one of the most well respected guitar players of the his generation. He started working for the Press, in various magazines, and later he studied in a nursery school. But in the end music stole his heart! Nikos has been playing guitar professionally since 1984, along…
Nikos Tatasopoulos was born in the USA. He began playing bouzouki and performing on stage with his father the legendary soloist and composer John Tatasopoulos, at the mere age of 3. His performances continued nation-wide with his father until the age of 19 when he then moved to Athens Greece to continue his career in Greek Music. Throughout his career…
Sokratis Sinopoulos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied classical guitar while taking lessons in Byzantine music and folk song, initially at S.Karas’ school and then at I.Tsiamoulis’ where he sang with the school children’s choir. In 1988 he started studying Lyra and Lute with Ross Daly and a year later he joined his group “Labyrinthos”. Since then he has…
He was born in Athens and since his early years, he was enchanted by the “rebétiko” music. He has studied drawing at the “Plaka” and “Tasos Rigas” school and he graduated from the “Spiros Ornerakis” school of arts. He has also taken lessons for special fx and special make-up, for shadow theatre puppets construction and as a tattoo artist. He…
Stelios Vamvakaris, son of Markos Vamvakaris , was born in 1948. Vamvakaris has quietly gone about releasing worthy work, at a steady rate, since making his debut as a recording artist in 1977. Stelios Vamvakaris who, as a youngster, liked to accompany his father to the various haunts where he would perform, began learning bouzouki at the age of seven.…
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