Pietro Locatto

Pietro Locatto "is unanimously considered one of the most interesting and promising Italian musicians of his generation. His otherworldly interpretative skills quickly launched him in the empyreal sky of the very few Italian guitarists of international relevance". (Lorenzo Micheli)

Pietro Locatto received his music education under the guidance of Stefano Grondona and perfected his skills with Frédéric Zigante, Oscar Ghiglia and Lorenzo Micheli, receiving scholarships and special awards, including five Diploma di Merito from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena.

During his studies he was a scholar at the Associazione "De Sono" and he stood out by winning several international competitions in different countries, of which we would like to mention the first prize at the "Gianni Bergamo Music Award" in Lugano (in the only edition dedicated to the guitar).

Golden guitar as "young promise" at the Convegno Internazionale di Chitarra di Milano, he performed the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma. Invited by the pianist Michele Campanella to perform as the only guitarist at Festival Spinacorona he held solo recitals in international festivals in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, England, Croatia, Belgium, and he was recently selected from the Adelaide International Guitar Festival for a tour of concerts in Australia.

His profound interest for Spanish music for guitar from the first half of the '900 brought to a first monographic album based on the work from Federico Moreno Torroba (Stradivarius) and a second album focused on the characters of Llobet, Asencio and Mompou, greatly received by the critics both in Italy and internationally (Rai Radio 3, American Record Guide, Discover Classical, Gendai Guitar, Guitar Classique, Musica, Amadeus…).

His research on Iberian music was expanded thanks to the partnership with the cellist Martina Biondi, with whom he started Duo Evocaciones and a program on the music of Cassadó, Albéniz, Granados and De Falla. Concurrently, invited by the magazine Seicorde, he created an album dedicated to bachian transcriptions from the harpsichord, the lute, and the cello, published for the series "I Maestri della chitarra".

In 2019 he was the only guitarist to win a collaboration with the Teatro Regio of Turin. He has been interested in teaching for many years and he is currently working as a teacher at the Conservatorio di Bergamo, as a visiting professor at the LPMAM of London, besides being invited to hold masterclasses in several Italian festivals and other occasions.

Pietro Locatto plays an instrument built by Luigi Locatto, his father and luthier, inspired by the Enrique Garcia from 1904 played by Francisco Tarrega in his last concert.

Vojin Kocić

Thanks to his musicality and expressive playing, virtuosity, interpretation of guitar music from Renaissance to the music created in the 21st century, Vojin Kocić belongs to the very summit of the international guitar scene. Critics call him ‘Maestro o f Gentle Tones’ (SRF, Switzerland).

Born in Smederevo, Republic of Serbia, in 1990, Vojin Kocić had his first guitar lessons at the age of 8, in his home town, with the Professor Jovica Milošević, and later under the tutelage of the Professor Darko Karajić, at the ‘Josip Slavenski’ School of Music in Belgrade. He received the offers to continue his studies in many countries (Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Switzerland) as well as scholarships. After one year of study at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the Professor Srđan Tošić’s class, upon the recommendation of Maestro Oscar Ghiglia (Segovia’s disciple), he decided to continue his studies in 2011 with the Professor Anders Miolin at the University of Arts in Zurich, Switzerland, where he acquired the titles of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Specialized Music Performance and Master of Pedagogy Diploma, achieved the uppermost results, and obtained numerous scholarships and acknowledgements as the best student. 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 “Diploma d’Onore” for his artistic achievements, as the only guitarist to receive it in the history of this famous Academy. He also attended the masterclasses with other famous guitar maestros such as Pepe Romero, Leo Brouwer, Hubert Kappel, Zoran Dukić, Dušan Bogdanović, Carlo Marchione, Paul Galbraith, Pavel Steidl and many others.

Since the dawn of his career, when he was eight years old, Vojin has received over 50 international awards, among which are the first prizes at the prestigious international guitar competitions, special awards, scholarships, grants. He was acclaimed prodigy and the best young musician in every academic year of his. Besides the numerous first prizes won in his category at domestic and international competitions, he won his first international competition in the no age limit category when he was only 14, and then continued to win another 17 awards on prestigious guitar competitions, the most prominent being the 1st prize at “John Duarte” (Austria 2008), the 1st prize at “Citta di Gargnano” (Italy 2009), the 1st prize at “Ruggero Chiessa” International Guitar Competition (2010), the 1st prize at Enrico Mercatalli (Italy 2012), the 2nd prize at “Agustin Barrios” (Italy 2012), the 2nd prize (first prize was not awarded) at Hubert Kappel (Germany 2014), the 1st prize at Heinsberg International Guitar Competition (Germany, 2017). As a winner of the 1st prize at International Guitar Competition Heinsberg (Germany 2017) he was given an opportunity to record his first CD in Toronto for a famous record label NAXOS. In September 2018, Vojin won one of the most prestigious competition for classical guitar 51 International Guitar Competition “Michele Pittaluga” in Alessandria, Italy. Once again he has been given the opportunity to record a second CD for NAXOS Record Label as well as a concert tour in 2019 including concerts in Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), St. Petersburg Capella Hall, etc.

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.

Vojin Kocic has held over 200 solo concerts in various European countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as Atina Camerata (Greece), Symphony Orchestra of Radio Television of Serbia, Gudaci Svetog Djordja – Strings of St. George (Serbia), Orchestergesselschaft Zürich, Stringendo Orchestra Zürich, Orion Trio (Basel). He performed in Zurich with a famous violinist Ingolf Turban (Germany). His concerts have been broadcast by radio and television companies such as SRF 2 radio (Switzerland), Radio Swiss Classic, NPO Radio 4 (Netherlands), Radio Television of Slovenia (Ars), Radio Televizija of Croatia, RTCG (Montenegro) , Radio Television of Serbia etc. He regularly holds masterclasses for disciples and students at international festivals (Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Serbia etc.). Also, he often sits on the juries of international music competitions. Besides the classical guitar, Vojin is dedicated to performing early music on historical instruments such as vihuela, the Renaissance lute, the Baroque guitar and the Baroque lute, on which he performed in different projects. Vojin Kocic currently plays on the classical guitar made by Masaki Sakurai and Jean-Nöel Rohé, uses Dâddario strings and records for the NAXOS record label.

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

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.

Filippos Manoloudis

Filippos Manoloudis was born in Kavala in 2001 and is a graduate of the Music School of Kavala. He started classical guitar lessons at the Municipal Conservatory of Kavala at the age of 7 with Alexandros Parisidis and graduated in June 2018 from the class of Fotis Koutsothodoros, receiving his diploma with the grade "Excellent and First Prize".

Since October 2019, he has been studying at the Academy of Music Art In Darmstadt, Germany, in the class of Professor Tilman Hoppstock.

He has won a total of 29 awards in international and pan-Hellenic guitar competitions, of which 21 are first prizes. The most notable are:
• Young Artist of Changsha 2021 Award (Changsha, China, December 2021)
• 1st Prize in the international guitar competition of the Antwerp Guitar Festival (Belgium, November 2021)
Winner of "Deutscher Gitarrenpreis 2021" (Darmstadt, October 2021)
• 1st Prize in the international competition "Anna Amalia" for young guitarists (Weimar, April 2021)
• 1st Prize in the international competition "Andrés Segovia" of Germany (Monheimheim Rhein, April 2021)
• 2 First prizes in the international competition "Alexis Rago" of Germany (Stuttgart, February 2020 and March 2021)

On February 27, 2015 he gave his first recital as part of the 2nd Thessaloniki Guitar Festival. In March 2018 he made his first tour consisting of 6 concerts in 6 different cities of Bulgaria and since then he has given concerts in cities throughout Greece, Germany and Austria.

He has attended guitar lectures & seminars (masterclasses) with world -renowned guitarists such as Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Ricardo Gallen, Marcin Dylla, Aniello Desiderio, Zoran Dukic, Hubert Käppel and Oscar Ghiglia.

Apart from his musical activities, he has also distinguished himself in mathematical competitions of the Hellenic Mathematical Society (2015-2017).
In 2016 he was the only student from Kavala who successfully passed the final phase of the National Mathematical Olympiad.