(coordination of educational and artistic projects)[email protected]
Kostas Makrygiannakis studied music at the Synchronon Conservatoire of Thessaloniki, with Stavros Sourgounis and at Trinity College of Music in London, with Nicola Hall and Colin Downs. He holds a guitar diploma and a master’s degree in music.
Since 1997, he has performed in venues and festivals in Greece, UK, Germany, Denmark, Cyprus, Switzerland, Finland and the Czech Republic. His interests include chamber music, new music for guitar, historically based performance as well as pop music, conceptual music and composition. His collaborations include many distinguished musicians, dancers and actors. He has premiered many new works for solo guitar as well as for chamber ensembles, promoting contemporary music in Greece and abroad. He has broadcasted for EBU, BBC and ERT among other networks and has been involved in several album recordings. Fragments is his first album featuring his solo guitar music.
In 2005 - 2011 Kostas inspired and organised the Guitar Plus Festival, the only Greek festival entirely focused on chamber guitar music from the Renaissance to the present day. Since 2012 he is the artistic director of the Municipal Conservatoire of Thessaloniki. He is a founding member / artistic director of Music Village International Arts Community, 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.
(coordination of educational and artistic projects)[email protected]
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
(international relations)[email protected]
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.
(production - IT manager, webmaster)http://alexandros.seitaridis.gr
Alexandros Seitaridis was born in Athens in 1981.
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” and puppet theater workshop by Stathis Markopoulos.
He works as a consulter of internet and technology (IT Manager) and as web sites designer. 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 jointly responsible for the operation of internet radio station “Radio Art
” with listeners from all around the world.
He is trying for Art to be in every aspect of his professional activity and combine multiple disciplines.
He is a founding member of the artistic group “Fortunati” where playing through theatre and puppetry, they create new worlds and ‘travel’ through fantasy and fairy tales.
He has attended seminars of ancient drama and is a member of the Martha Fritzila’s group “Dromos me Dentra”.
From 2010 he is the Production Manager of international music festival “Music Village“ in Agios Lavrentions, Pelion.
He is Lighting Designer, specialising in lighting design for dance, theatre and music live shows.
He is a freelancer video artist creating videos and installations Video Projection Mapping from 2014 for theater, music and dance performances.
He has collaborated with the Athens Concert Hall (2008 & 2018), Thessaloniki Concert Hall (2017 & 2018), Onassis Stegi (2011 & 2015), National Theater (2009), Thessaloniki Dimitria Festival (2017), Thessaloniki International Film Festival (2006), Gialino Musical Theater, Kyttaro Live Club, Contemporary Art Gallery Potnia Thiron, Baumstrasse, Act Theater in Patras (2018), Mainalo Music Festival (2005), BoC Festival in Fanovanoumeni in Papellomenia and Nicosia, DIPETHE Kozani, French Institute of Athens, Enastron Theater, Theatro tis Imeras, Club Fuzz (2007) in collaboration with Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols manager).
(coordination of production)
Dimitris Zacharakis was born in Kozani. He studied musical theory (harmony, counterpoint, fugue) and orchestral percussion at the Municipal Conservatory of Kozani. 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 continues his postgraduate studies in Early Music with the professor D.Kountouras.
He has attended percussion lessons and musical interpretation workshops with P.Prommel, Th.Milkov, N.Zeltsman, F.Nanoya, Tchiki Duo, M.Pastore, G.Hatzinikos, D.Evnouchidou, D.Kountouras, P.Iliopoulos.
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 has also participated in various ensembles at festivals in Europe (Festival Sud Arles, Festival Aix en Province) and Greece.
He has composed music for theatrical productions.
He teaches percussion at the Municipal Conservatory of Kozani and at state schools.
Since 2012 he has been collaborating with the International Music Community called "Music Village".