Apollon Grammatikopoulos was born in Athens in 1972 into a musical family. At a very early age he began studying violin at the Athens Conservatory with Pantelis Despotidis. During his studies, he was honoured several times with awards and prizes for his achievements. In 1991,he graduated from the Attikon Conservatory with highest distinctions. Under a scholarship from IKY (the Greek State Scholarships Foundation),he continued his studies in Austria and Germany with Stelios Kafantaris, Christos Polyzoides and Winfried Rademacher, while participating in advanced masterclasses by Lukas David, Lydia Mordkovich, Ferenc Halasz etc. He received a postgraduate degree from the Trossingen University of Music. He was honoured at the international violin contest Alpe Adria in Gorizia, Italy and was highly praised by the press during the subsequent concerts in cities of Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.
Apollon Grammatikopoulos regularly appears as a soloist collaborating with ensembles and symphony orchestras in Greece and abroad (Athens State Orchestra, Hellenic Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, Megaron Camerata, Volos Symphony Orchestra, Lukas David Ensemble, Soloists of Patras, Athens Municipal Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Danish Orchestra ensemble etc.).
He is founding member of the Athens String Quartet, member of Trio Arte and has frequently collaborated with distinguished musicians in chamber music groups appearing in concerts and international festivals in Greece and abroad such as Majorca Festival, Armonie della Sera Festival, International Santorini Music Festival, Cyclades Festival and was invited by the renowned Austrian violinist Lukas David to perform at the International Chamber Music Festival held to his honour in Lima, Peru.
He has regularly appeared as a Duo with his sister pianist Mina Grammatikopoulou in festivals and important venues all over Greece. Since 2003, he has been sectional principal of the Athens State Orchestra. Furthermore, he has been very busy with his teaching activity. He was for many years professor at the Athens Conservatoire, as well as violin professor and dean of the strings section of the Volos Conservatory.
Odysseus Korelis has graduated from the Athens Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music (London). As a soloist he has collaborated with distinguished conductors, in Greece and abroad, such as A. Paridis, M. Karydis, A. Baltas, Th. Antoniou, M. Logiadis, N. Athenaios, M. Plasson, G. Mora, Zhou Hui and others.
Odysseus is currently concertmaster of “National Radio Symphony Orchestra” and of “Athens Academica Orchestra”. In the past he had hold concertmaster position at the orchestras: “Marsyas”, “Symphony Orchestra of Athens Municipality” and “Orchestra of Colours”. Odysseus is founder of music ensembles Quartet +KINISIS and Marsyas.
He has played and recorded, as a first public performance, many works by contemporary Greek Composers (Th. Antoniou, A. Baltas, G. Kouroupos, G. Koumentakis and others) most of which are dedicated to him or the ensembles he has founded.
In 2013 he founded the Athens Academica Orchestra in which he is the concertmaster and artistic director.
Since 2011 he is teaching violin and chamber music in the Athens Conservatoire.
Simos Papanas was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1979. He has studied violin, baroque violin, composition and mathematics at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Oberlin College and Yale University under professors Petar Arnaoudov, Taras Gabora, Erick Friedman (violin), Marilyn McDonald (baroque violin) and Christos Samaras (composition).
He has collaborated with several orchestras, as a soloist or directing from the violin, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Kammerorchester Basel, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Geneva Camerata, Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, Athens Camerata, National Symphony Orchestra of the Greek Radio, Sofia Philharmonic, Sofia Soloists, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie, L’ Arte del Mondo, Louisianna Sinfonietta, New Century Chamber Orchestra (San Francisco), American Bach Soloists and Philharmonia Moments Musicaux-Taiwan.
He has recorded as a soloist for Deutsche Grammophon, BIS and Centaur. He has been invited to some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals, such as Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Schleswig- Holstein Festival (Germany), Sommets Musicaux Gstaad (Switzerland), St. Petersburg International Violin festival (Russia), Barocktage Melk (Austria), Bristol Proms (England), Pollenca Festival (Mallorca, Spain), Helicon Foundation (New York), Odessa Classics (Ukraine), Athens Festival, and Tokyo Music Festival.
He has performed in such concert halls as Carnegie Hall (New York), Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), the great philharmonic hall of St. Petersburg and Herbst Theater (San Francisco). He collaborates regularly with the world acclaimed violinist Daniel Hope, and he has played chamber music with principal musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has taught master classes at McGill University (Canada), Louisiana State University, Soochow University (Taiwan), Universlty of the Pacific (California), Academy Pancho Vladigerov (Sofia, Bulgaria), University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece) and the academy of the Staatskapelle Dresden.
His compositions and his theatrical music have been presented and recorded around the world (U.S.A. Russia, Canada, Iran, Peru, Japan, Taiwan and most european countries), including important concert halls like Vienna’s Musikverein, Zurich’s Tonhalle and Taipei’s National Concert Hall.Since 2003 he is the concertmaster of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra.
Antonis Manias is a viola graduate of the Athens Conservatory from the class of Marivitta Grammatikaki with distinction and Michael Semsis Performance Award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. During his studies, he won first prizes in violin sonatas and partitas, and cello suites by J.S.Bach in the Louis Cohen Prize for Strings Competition, chamber music in the “Cardiff Violins” competition playing Schubert’s Arpergione Sonata, and best performance award in the “Performance Practice Competition” by English composer Benjamin Britten.
He has been trained alongside Guatav Clarkson (violist of the Eroica Quartet), Phillip Heymann (Principal Violist in Welsh Opera), Mattias Maurer (distinguished soloist, conductor, former Principal Violist at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), and Paul Silverthorne (former Principal Violist at the London Symphony Orchestra).
He is currently a Principal Violist in the Academica Orchestra of Athens and a member of its artistic committee, a Principal Violist in the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra, and a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of ERT. He has also participated as a Principal Violist in the first appearance of the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and participates as a Principal Violist in the performances of Camerata Europaea in Greece.
He has appeared as a soloist with the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017 and the Academica Athens Orchestra in 2016 and 2019, appearing in the third program and on Greek television as part of the three-year European artistic program throughout Attica.
He has teaching experience as α Viola Professor at St. Johns College in Cardiff, Wales, and the Anagennisi Conservatory. From 2017 until today, he is a professor at the Athens Conservatory, having two handmade violas by Dimitrios Kakos, model Andrea Guarnieri Conte Vitale 1676, and model G.B.Guadagnini 1785.
Ilias Sdoukos of Greek-Czech origin was born in Athens in 1974. He studied violin with Y. Tzoumanis (principal violin of the Athens State Orchestra) in the Athens Conservatoire, viola with I.Carter (Athens Conservatoire) and Y. Vatikiotis (principal viola of the Athens State Orchestra) in the Hellenic Conservatory. He graduated in 1997 with a grade of “A” and continued with Sven Arne Tepl in the FOLKWANG UNI DER KÜNSTE in Essen (Germany), with a scholarship from the ALEXANDROS ONASSIS FOUNDATION. He graduated in June 2000 with a grade of “1”.
He was principal violist of the University’s orchestra for two years and principal violist of Deutsche Kammerakademie am Neuss for several concerts. He has appeared in Germany, Iceland, Australia, Cyprus, Turkey, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Czech Republic, South Korea and in many cities of Greece (Sinphonia concertante by W.A.Mozart in the National Opera in Athens, “Climax under control” by M. C. Krithara commissioned by Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) and conducted by T. Antoniou, Trauermusic by P. Hindemith conducted by A. Myrat, Bartok viola concerto in Athens Concert Hall conducted by M. Logiades, Constantinos Stylianou concerto for viola and orchestra in Cyprus commisioned by Cyprus state orchestra and conducted by G.Emilsson).
He was a member of symphony orchestras such as the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Colours (founded by M. Hatzidakis). He is collaborating as a soloist with the Greek Composers Union (since 2000) and the Orchestra of Colours (since 2004). Since January 2001, he has the principal viola position in the orchestra of the National Opera of Greece.
He was born in Athens and began his musical studies at the Cello at the Athens Conservatory, in the class of Mr. Nikos Kotzias, where he graduated with a Diploma in 2005, with a grade of “Excellent”.
In 2005 and with a scholarship from the Academy of Athens, he continued his studies at the Academy of Music in Münster, Germany with professors Matias de Oliveira Pinto in classical and Susanne Wahmhoff in baroque cello.
He has participated in classical and pre-classical music seminars in Greece and abroad, including Antonio Meneses, Peeter Paemuru, Gesa Bifio, Nomos Quartett, Nicholas Selo, Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik, Werner Matzke and others.
Since 2006 he is a substitute member of ERT Music Ensembles, member of chamber music ensembles, as well as in 2011 a member of the Athens State Orchestra.As a collaborator of the Art Group “Parodos”, he has an active participation as a musician, in actions and theatrical games for children.
Since 2011 he has been teaching in conservatories of Attica and the Region, such as the Piraeus Association, the Orfeio Conservatory of Athens, the Music Association of Aegina and the Municipal Conservatory of Ioannina.Also as a teacher, since 2016 he has been collaborating with the Fle[x] String Ensemble.
Vangjel Nina was born in Tirana, Albania. He started taking Violoncello lessons at the age of six and he graduated in 1986 from the Academy of Arts in Tirana with the highest distinction.
From 1986 to 1992 he worked as Principal Cellist with the Opera Orchestra and as a Violoncello and Chamber Music Teacher at the Academy of Arts in Tirana. In 1990 he became Principal Cellist at the Symphonic Orchestra of Yehundi Menuhin Foundation in France.
He has been living in Greece since 1992, where he played initially with the Symphonic Orchestra of Radio-Television, and from 1993 until 2012 he worked as a Principal Cellist with the Orchestra of Colours. He also worked as Principal Cellist with the Orchestra of the Greek National Opera from 2006 to 2008. He has performed in most European countries, in Turkey, Canada and the USA. Since 2013 he has been a Principal Cellist at the Athens Academica Orchestra and since 2016 an associate Principal Cellist at the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra.
Since 2014 he has been teaching the Violoncello at the Athens Conservatoire and the Municipal Music School of Nikaia. He plays on an anonymous 19th-century cello.
He was born in Athens in 1963. He studied contrabass at the Orfeio Conservatory with Panagiotis Kontos and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with Johannes Auersberg. After completing his studies, he became a member of the orchestra of the Greek National Opera and the Orchestra of Colours under Manos Hadjidakis. With the founding of the Camerata – Friends of Music Orchestra he assumes the position of Principal therein, in which he remains until 2000.
During his involvement with chamber music, he has collaborated with important Greek and foreign musicians, such as Leonidas Kavakos, Yuri Bashmet, Mischa Maisky, etc. As a soloist, he has repeatedly appeared with the Camerata – Friends of Music Orchestra and the Athens State Orchestra. From 1989 to 2009, he was a professor at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory and now he teaches at Orfeio Conservatory and the Athens Conservatoire.
He is a founding member of the KYKLOS Ensemble and the string quintet Quintarco of the Athens State Orchestra. Since 2000, he holds the position of First Principal in the Athens State Orchestra.
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