Since 1999, Rovshan Mamedkuliev has won more than 20 awards in national and international guitar competitions, including the first prizes of the 10th International Guitar Competition «Hommage à Leo Brouwer» (Antony, France, 2009), the 1st International Guitar Competition «Heitor Villa-Lobos» (Salamanca, Spain, 2011), the XXX Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition (Charleston, SC, USA, 2012), the 48th International Guitar Competition «Francisco Tárrega» (Benicasim, Spain, 2014) and the 48th International Guitar Competition “Michele Pittaluga” (Alessandria, Italy, 2015). In 2012, he made his debut in New York's Carnegie Hall and performed in numerous cities throughout Germany and Spain. In the 2013-2014 concert season after winning GFA's International Concert Artist Competition, he toured throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil and performed in 51 concerts and gave master-classes. As a soloist he has performed with a lot of ensembles and orchestras including: l’Ensemble orchestral de Valencia (Spain), Orchestre du Conservatoire National de Musique Superieur de Paris (France), Azerbaijani State Chamber Orchestra named after Kara Karaev, Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic Symphonic Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of the Udmurt Republic. Rovshan Mamedkuliev has premiered many new works for classical guitar, including Concerto no.3 «Antony» by Philippe Lemaigre for guitar and symphonic orchestra (Antony, France, 2012) and Concerto «Famalicao» by Elena Lebedeva for guitar and chamber orchestra (Kostroma, Russia, 2008) and he also performs his own arrangements. A number of works are recorded by Rovshan on CDs: his first professional CD “Con Anima” (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2011), a Guitar Recital CD at the Laureate Series on the prestigious label «Naxos» (Toronto, Canada, 2012), a Solo CD “Semi-Awake, Semi-Dream” on the «Contrastes Records» (Sevilla, Spain, 2015). Since 2014 Rovshan Mamedkuliev is a professor of the classical guitar department in the Maimonides Academy (Moscow).
Born in Smederevo, Serbia in 1990, Vojin Kocić began guitar lessons at the age of eight with his father Jovica Milošević and later with Darko Karajić, Srđan Tošić and Anders Miolin.
Vojin was perfecting his playing in 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2015 with the Professor Oscar Ghiglia at “Accademia Chigiana” in Siena, Italy, where he received his "Diploma d’Onore" and later attended Master classes with other prominent guitarists including Pepe Romero, Leo Brouwer, Hubert Kappel, Zoran Dukić, Dušan Bogdanović, Carlo Marchione, Paul Galbraith, Pavel Steidl and many others.
Over the course of his career, Vojin Kocić has conquered over 50 international awards having recently won the 1st prize at the 2017 Heinsberg International Competition in Germany, resulting his first CD with NAXOS and the 1st prize in the following year Alessandria, Italy a second CD of NAXOS as well as a concert tour for 2019.
In December 2014 in Geneva, at the eighth finals of “Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes” (competition of all instruments and opera singers), Vojin was a winner of this prestigious competition. He was chosen for the best young musician in Switzerland and besides the reward of CHF 25,000, was given an opportunity to debut at the prestigious Swiss Lucerne Festival in 2015. Critics call him ‘Maestro o f Gentle Tones’ (SRF, Switzerland).
Vojin Kocić has performed over 200 recitals in various European countries and has performed as a soloist in Concertos with well-known symphony orchestras.
The Serbian guitarist is nowadays considered to be as one of the leaders of his generation internationally.
After his impressive recital at the Patras International Festival in 2014, Vojin is back with us again this year, invited for a recital, Master class and also as a jury in guitar contests.
Teti Kassioni - George Athanasiou
Teti Kassioni is a young singer and songwriter who is mainly active in the field of folk and Greek music. She has studied vocals with Areti Topouzidou and classical guitar. She has collaborated with important Greek composers and musicians. She has participated in many musical ensembles as performers such as Graviton, Antidotum Tarantulae and Mare Libre. She is a graduate of French Language and Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has also continued her studies at the Translation Department of the University of Bologna.
Her first personal album was released in 2016 under the title of Flying with Orchestration by Thymios Papadopoulos and released by the company "Little Hero". She currently resides in The Hague, The Netherlands, where she works as an educator and performer while performing concerts in Europe.
George Athanasiou has received a degree in Higher Theory and a Classical Guitar Diploma in the Costas Grigoreas department. He is a graduate of the Department of Folk and Traditional Music, specializing in oud. He has attended classical, folk and electric guitar seminars. He has also attended seminars and workshops on topics such as: Expanding musicity, jazz improvisation, expanding musical expression and creativity, and has participated in music workshops focusing on the use of electronic effects on acoustic instruments. Alongside the concerts, he teaches classical guitar in The Hague, Netherlands where he lives.
Duo A. Karamberis - Chr.Tsarouchis
With professors Panagiotis Kydoniatis at the F. Nakas Conservatory in Patras and then Lisa Zoe at the "Athenaeum" Conservatory in Athens, Andronikos Karamberis and Christos Tsarouchis completed their musical studies in classical guitar, both of which they received on degree and in their diploma exams, the grade of "Excellent." At the same time they enriched their musical knowledge by attending numerous seminars and master classes with Greek and foreign guitarists (R.Dyens, D.Russell, M.Dylla, J.Mills, S.Vlaskalic, J.Willard, E.Asimakopoulos, L.Zoe.
They have both performed solo guitar recitals in various cities in Greece and have participated in various chamber music concerts as a guitar duo with flute, violin, guitar, accordion, voice etc. They have collaborated as a soloist with the Patras Municipality Night String Orchestra and with the Athenian Mandolinata Nik Lavdas.
Graduates of Patras University, department of Geology and Economics respectively, in our days both they are classical guitar professors at the Philharmoniki Foundation Conservatory of Patras.
Thodoris Theodoroudis was born on August 28, 2000 in Athens and studied guitar with Elena Papandreou from the age of 8. He received his diploma in 2017 at the Orion Conservatory.
From the academic year 2018-2019 he continues his studies with the same professor in guitar specialization of the Music Science and Art Department of the University of Macedonia. In addition, he has obtained degrees of harmony, counterpoint and fugue. He continues his studies in composition (class Ilias Nikolaidis).
Aside to his studies, he has participated in seminars as an active member with renowned soloists, such as: Oscar Ghiglia, Roland Dyens, Gabriel Bianco, Marco Tamayo, Suzanna Prieto, Jerry Willard, Evangelos Asimakopoulos, Alexis Mouzourakis etc.
He has won 10 awards in international and national competitions, of which 6 are first. Some of the highlights are the 1st prize at the Patras Festival Competition (2019) and the 2nd prize at the Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano International Competition in Italy (2017).
His composition '' The Sky was not! '' won the 1st prize in An Art Artistry Contest '' Contemporary Guitar 2017 ''. His compositions have been performed by guitarists such as Fotis Koutsotodoros, Smaro Grigoriadou, cellist Lefki Kolovou, pianist Patricia Arenas Menendez, and the string quartet L'anima.
Thodoris Theodoroudis has given recitals in Athens, Patras, Chalkida and Chania, as part of guitar festivals such as Patras (2017), Guitar Festivals (2018 & 2019) and Paleo Faliro (2018).
He was selected by the Thessaloniki Friends of Music Association to participate in a concert of "The New Talent of Classical Music" at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall in January 2019.
Finally, he, along with other young guitarists, participated in a concert at the Art Campus in the "Dimitris Mitropoulos" Hall at the Athens Concert Hall in November 2019.
Dimitris Soukaras is a classical guitarist based in the United Kingdom. He is considered one of the most award-winning and promising Greek guitarists of his generation.
He has received 20 awards in international competitions, most recently winning the David Russell Guitar Award, awarded by the Maestro himself, who described him as "an outstanding musician, personality and performer ... has a bright future ahead of him", the Mottola International Guitar Competition, the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award, and the Athens Academy Scholarship Competition. and has appeared in various festivals in Greece and Europe.
Last year he released his first CD entitled "From Dawn to Dusk".
Kostas Grigoreas wrote in Tar, “He is gentle, young, very talented and well-trained. He has all the qualifications to qualify as a "very promising musician" ... with his first record label, which, as you will hear by listening to it, is obviously the beginning of a long and successful career in the field of guitar. "
Dimitris attends courses with M. Lewin, D. Russell and F. Zanon at the Royal Academy where he completed his Postgraduate Diploma with honors and was awarded the highest award of the 'DipRAM' Academy.
His studies have been completed with the support of the Athens Scholarship, the Academy of Athens and the Academy of London itself. He graduated with honors from the Department of Music Studies at the Ionian University under the supervision of Kostas Kotsiolis and supervised by Korina Vougioukas.
He received his Guitar Diploma with Excellent Excellence and First Prize at the Corinthian School of Music with George Behlivanoglou, and then attended preparations for his introduction to the Academy with Antonis Chatzinikolaou.
Along with the rest of his activities, Dimitris has been involved with the Music Composition for the Theater and has been working closely with the Millenium Theater of Corinth since 2016. He has written music for Moliere's "Mercy", Tennessee Williams '"Glass World", Euripides' "Trojans" while currently writing music for William Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice".