Kostas Makrygiannakis studied music and economics in Greece and UK. Since 1997 he has widely performed in venues and festivals in Europe. His broad area of interests includes chamber music, new music for guitar, historically based performance as well as improvisation, pop music, conceptual music and composition. He has numerous collaborations with various artists and has been engaged in several album recordings. Kostas is the artistic director of GUITAR PLUS festival and together with Thimios Atzakas and George Emmanuel Lazaridis, the core team of MUSIC VILLAGE, one of the most important cultural societies in Greece, which brings together artists from all over the world in the context of performing, education and cultural cross-breeding.
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Thymios Atzakas was born in Thessaloniki in 1971. He studied the classical guitar with Costas Cotsiolis, Hubert Käppel and Carlo Marchione. He was taught the oud and modal music by Ziad Radjab, Βehnam Manadjedi and Ross Daly. He is a graduate of the New Conservatoire of Thessaloniki, the Music Academy of Köln and the Academy of Music and Drama of Leipzig.
He lived in Berlin from 1998 until 2004. During the last decade, his main avocations have been the performance and exploration of the ud and other lute instruments, music composition and improvisation. Moreover, as a guitar player, he also performs early and contemporary music.
Thymios has so far performed at international festivals and attended to and participated in many projects in Greece, Cyprus, Τurkey, Romania, Spain, Portugal, England, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Morocco and Syria and Kirgizstan. He has broadcast and recorded for the Greek Radio and Television, the WDR, Deutsche Welle, MDR, Arte and the BBC.
He has also founded music groups, amongst others: the Armos Ensemble, the Tropos Quartett Berlin, and, in collaboration with Antonis Anissegos, the SOMA.
As of 2005, Thymios teaches the oud and co-ordinates music groups in the sector of Traditional Greek Music at the Department of Musical Arts and Sciences of Makedonia University.
George - Emmanuel Lazaridis
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Born in Greece, George-Emmanuel Lazaridis has embarked on a flourishing international career, appearing in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Barbican St Lukes, Carnegie Hall, Stockholm’s Konserthuset, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, receiving great critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
He has performed with leading orchestras such as the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Strasbourg Philharmonic, and has appeared in international festivals including Harrogate, Athens and Montpellier.
George recently released CDs of Schumann piano works and the R.Strauss and Rachmaninov sonatas for violin/cello and piano with Yuri Zisslin (Somm), as well as of Liszt’s B minor Piano Sonata and Grandes Etudes de Paganini (Linn Records). These have been rapturously received, with five-star reviews from the international press, including recommendations by Gramophone Magazine, International Piano, The Pianist, Diapason, and BBC Music magazine, which selected both CDs as instrumental discs of the month. He will be soon recording Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition for LINN Recordings.
As a composer, Lazaridis has received commissions from the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Europa Cantat International Festival and several others. Recent successes have included a recital tour in prestigious venues in Europe and the USA and concerts at the Epidaurus Ancient Theatre in Athens presenting his own composition Love Ends in Tragedy.
Lazaridis’ playing has been characterized as ‘special enough to be beyond comparison’ (BBC Music Magazine, Adrian Jack), and he has received a plethora of honorary awards and scholarships, including medals from the prestigious Academy of Athens and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
(coordination of production / IT manager)http://alexandros.seitaridis.gr
He has studied computer science at the University of Hertfordshire and has acquired a Bachelor of Science with Second Class Honors (First Division) in Computer. He has also graduated from the Workshop of Pedagogic / Playing through Theatre of Lakis Kouretzis at “Theatro tis Imeras”.
He works as a Consulter of internet and technology (IT Manager) and as a designer and developer of internet sites (Web Site Designer and Development). He has worked as a Film and Video Editor in many short length film movies, in documentaries and music video clips.
He was the editor of the two-page article on technology news, “High tech Street” of the monthly magazine Difono. He has designed and edited many catalogues, posters and flyers for concerts and music artists’ exhibitions.
He is trying for Art to be in every aspect of his professional activity. He has taken part in many children theatrical plays, ha has attended seminars of ancient drama and is a member of the Martha Fritzila’s group “Dromos me Dentra
From 2010 he is working with the production core team of international music festival “Music Village“.
He also develops videos for educational programs and theatrical performances.
He is jointly responsible for the operation of Radio Art
Dimitris Zacharakis was born in Kozani. He studied musical theory (harmony, counterpoint, fugue) at the Municipal Conservatory of Kozani under the instructions of M. Karagianni and orchestral percussion under the instructions of V. Chouzouri. He graduated from the Department of Music Science and Art (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki) and specialized in Orchestral Percussion with the professor A. Vasiliadis.
He has attended percussion lessons and workshops with Peter Prommel, Theodor Milkov, Nancy Zeltsman, Fumito Nanoya, Tchiki Duo, Massimo Pastore.
He has participated in concerts with the Orchestra of Detmold Academy, with the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki as well as with orchestral ensembles and chamber ensembles of University of Macedonia.
He teaches percussion at the Municipal Conservatory of Kozani, at the Conservatory of Florina and at state schools.
Since 2012 he has been collaborating with the International Music Community called "Music Village".
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Eleni Papageorgiou was born in Athens in 1986. She studied Communication in Panteion University (Athens), Popular Literature in Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and Cultural Management in Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain). She lives in Thessaloniki, where she working as a coordinator of the activities of the bookstore/cultural center OXYGONO (www.oxygono-metaixmio.gr