Teaching Staff

BRASS

The list of teaching staff is updated continually

Ioannis Gounaris
Horn

Ioannis Gounaris was born in 1981 in Corfu, Greece. He started his studies in theoretical music and French horn at Mantzaros Philharmonic Society with professor Georgios Kourkoulos. He continued his studies at Orpheio Music College of Athens with professor Evangelos Skouras and took his diploma in French Horn with great honors and second prize in 2005.

He did his post-graduate studies at University of Music and Perfoming Arts in Graz with professor H.Mc Donald where he graduated in 2009. He attended seminars and French horn courses with professors D.Ohanian, L.Bontrager, H.Halien, H.Mc Donald και J.Slagter. He made appearances as a soloist at Athens State Orchestra, Athens Symphony Orchestra, Piraeus Philharmonic Orchestra and Mantzaros Philharmonic Society. He has worked with Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of Colours, Athens Camerata, National Opera of Greece, Royal Danish Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker. He is a former member of Piraeus Philharmonic Orchestra and Athens Symphony Orchestra. He owns a permanent position  in Athens State Orchestra since 2008.

He is a founding member of Ventus Ensemble since 2005, perfoming concerts and organizing seminars all over Greece. His biggest achievement is the release by Decca Classics of the album “Circular Argument” composed by Alexandros Livitsanos  for the brass quintet in 2016.

Kostas Siskos
Horn

Kostas Siskos was born on the island of Corfu, Greece in 1973 and began studying the French Horn at the age of 11 at “Kapodistrias” Symphonic Band of Corfu. Later, in 1990, he continued his studies in Athens, at “Raimondi” Conservatory with Spyros Kessaris, at the time Principal Horn at the National Opera of Greece.  In 1994 he concluded his studies with an honours Diploma on the French Horn at “Orfeion” Conservatory. During the next years he took part in workshops with Francis Orval, Ab Koster and Dennis Wick. In 2000 he began the Post Graduate course on Horn at the University for Music and the Performing Arts, Graz, Austria under the tutelage of Professor Hector McDonald (Solohornist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra).  During his study he received instruction on the modern Double Horn, the Vienna Horn and the Natural Horn. In 2002 he graduated with honours.

From 2000 till 2003 Kostas Siskos held the position of the Principal Horn in the National Opera Orchestra. Since 2004 he has been Principal Horn of the Athens State Orchestra. For the past 20 years he has also been a regular substitute with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra on Vienna Horn, has participated in productions of the Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, Concentus Musicus, under the baton of Maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Stefan Gotfried and others, on the Natural Horn, the Konzertverein Chamber Orchestra of Vienna, the National Opera Orchestra of Prague and the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra of Istanbul.

As well as his busy orchestral career Kostas Siskos has appeared regularly as Horn Soloist. Performances include the Haydn Double Horn Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of the National Opera, and the Hübler Concerto for 4 Horns with the Athens State Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens. He has also performed Richard Strauss’ 1st Horn Concerto in Es op. 11 in Graz, Austria on the Vienna Horn in 2002 and in June 2010 with the Athens State Orchestra, on the double horn. In 2005 he performed the world premiere of a concerto by the Greek composer Theodore Antoniou (lecturer at the Boston University, USA). He was Soloist with Mozart’s 4th Horn Concerto with both the Orchestra of Patras and the “Orfeo Soloists” in Thessaloniki. In 2008 he played the Solo Aria of Händel’s opera “Julius Caesar” on the Baroque Horn with the Orchestra of Patras. In 2009 and 2019 he played “Winter Solstice” a horn concerto composed by the Greek composer Christos Hatzis (Professor at the University of Toronto).  In 2016 he recorded an alboum of arias with Armonia Atenea and the renowned counter tenor Franco Fagioli and George Petrou on the pontium.  In this alboum there is the first recording on the natural horn of the aria “Ah! Perche, perche la morte” from the opera of G.Rossini Mathilde di Shabran.

Chamber Music has also been a very important part of Mr Siskos’ activities since his early days in Athens. From 1997 to 1999 he was a member of the “Tal” Woodwind Quintet and during this period recorded several Greek compositions later released on CD. He was a member of the Athens State Orchestra Woodwind Quintet and has been participating in the “Metallon” Brass Ensemble since 2004 with concerts all over Greece. Kostas Siskos has been for many years an active pedagogue, with a particular emphasis on teaching the very young. Since 1997 he has been teaching at concervatories in Athens like “Athenaeum” and “Nakas” with a constant and long-term collaboration since 1997 with the Athens “Diethnes Conservatory”. In the year 2000 he began teaching at the “Ionian Conservatory” in Corfu, another long-term and fruitful collaboration. During his teaching career more than 25 students have graduated form the concervatories he has been teaching at and many of them have enjoyed much success holding positions in several Greek as well as Europen orchestras. Mr. Siskos has been tireless in his efforts to organise workshops and symposiums in Athens both for his students as well as for horn players throughout Greece, students and professionals alike. Among those he has invited to Greece are Prof. Francis Orval, Prof. Hector McDonald, Simone Baroncini and the world renowned Prof. Hermann Baumann. His goal, for the past 20 years, has been to create a bridge between the Greek music scene and the European musical capitals

Dimitrios Gkogkas
Trumpet

Dimitrios Gkogkas was born in Corfu in 1988. He received his first trumpet lessons at Mantzaros Philarmonic Society and continued his studies with Socrates Anthis at Philippos Nakas Conservatory, where he graduated in 2005. In 2006 he was accepted with a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, London where he studied with James Watson (trumpet) and John Hutchnis (baroque trumpet).

Dimitrios won the 3rd prize in the international trumpet Competition `Girolamo Fantini`in Rome , Italy, and reached the final round in Jan Koetsier Brass Quintet Competition,Munich as well as in ROSL Annual Music Competition, London with the “QuintEssence” brass quintet. As a soloist he performed with Athens Symphony Orchestra, Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra and Athens State Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore he collaborated with composers as Peter Maxwell Davies, Harrison Birtwistle and George Benjammin. Davie’s Sonata for trumpet and piano, was interpreted by Dimitris for the BBC Young Artist Showcase and  broadcasted live in many European countries.

He was a member of the Athens Radio Symphony Orchestra and the National Opera of Greece. Since May 2020 Dimitrios holds the principal trumpet position of the Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra.

Ioannis Karampetsos
Trumpet

He began his musical studies at the Philharmonic Society on the island of Lefkada, Greece. He went on to study at the Athens National Conservatory and at the Trompeten Akademie in Bremen, Germany, under Bo Nilsson, James Thompson and Thomas Stevens. He has also attended courses led by Paul Archibauld, James Watson, Fred Mills, Anthony Plog, Adolph Herseth, Reinhold Friedrich and Pierre Thibaud.

He has performed with every orchestra in Greece, as a soloist, too, in most cases. He has performed in Greek premieres of works from the international repertoire and has also played on numerous recordings. Ioannis Karampetsos was Principal Trumpet of the Orchestra of Nations between 2003 and 2005, performing at major venues in Germany, Wales, Ireland and England as well as touring South Africa and China.

He is Principal Trumpet of the Athens State Orchestra and a member of the orchestra’s Metallon brass ensemble since 1994. He teaches at a number of conservatories around Greece. Mr. Karampetsos is a Yamaha Artist.

George Krimperis
Trombone

George Krimperis was born on 21/12/1985 in Athens, Greece. He started his music studies in piano at the age of 5. When he was 8 years old he was already a member of the local wind band playing the trumpet. At the age of 10 started the trombone lessons with Spiros Farouggias (1st trombone in National opera of Athens) in Philippos Nakas conservatory for music, which he graduates (Bachelor) at 2006. He continued his studies in Rotterdam (Holland) with Jorgen van Rijen (principal trombone in Con- certgebouw orchestra), Pierre Volders (principal trombone in Rotterdam philharmonic orchestra) and George Wiegel, which he graduates (Bachelor) at 2010. He takes part in various master-classes with famous artists such as: Joseph Alessi, Jessica Gustavsson, Jonas Bylund, Christian Lindberg, Ian Bousfield, Scott Hartman, Michel Becquet and Ben van Dijk.

George Krimperis participated in the music school competitions and he won the 2nd prize in 1999, 1st in 2000 and 2001. Also, he won the 1st prize in Summer Academy Corfu (Greece 2008) for young soloist. His high school awarded him with a plaque in 2001 for his outstanding achievements in music. Also, he has been awarded from the mare of Llauri (Spain) for the concerts with the ‘Aferla brass’ trombone quartet. He has been performed as a soloist with Mandra Wind band (Greece), P. Nakas Conservatory Orchestra (Greece), Porto Cheli Music Festival (Greece), Athens Sympony Orchestra (Greece), Melos Brass Quintet and Rotterdam Ensemble (Netherlands) which he did the Holland’s premiere of Alex Jimenez’s trombone concerto.

He was member of the World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales on winter tour (2006) with concerts in Spain, Germany and Holland. At 2009 George won the first prize in the Remington Competition in ITA with the trombone ensemble from Rotterdam conservatory and at 2010 won the Silver Award for his performance at the International Competition in Slovenia. In May 2014, Eric Ewazen’s recording of “Trombone and Piano Sonata” was selected as one of the top three at the SliderAsia Trombone Festival. He has performed in the most prestigious concert halls around the world, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Musikverein, the Carnegie Hall, the Moscow Conservatory, the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg and many more.

George since December 2010 is principal trombone at the National Symphony Orchestra of ERT in Athens, Greece. He is a concerned musician, always finding ways to bring music close to people. Now he teaches at the Athens Conservatoire, he is member of “Melos Brass” quintet and the creator of “Greek Trombone Days”.

Andreas-Roland Theodorou
Trombone

Andreas-Roland Theodorou was born in 1981 in Corfu, Greece. He studied the trombone with Stamatis Kritikos and Spiros Farounghias at the Corfu Conservatory, and later had studies with many prominent musicians, such as John Marcellus, Enrique Crespo, Ingemar Roos, Ian Bousfield, Jonas Bylund, Scott Hartman, Michel Becquet, Ben Van Dijk, Uwe Dierksen and Sava Stoianov.

He regularly performs in concerts all over Greece and teaches contemporary music with the Ergon Ensemble and Kyklos Ensemble. He has appeared with Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt as well as has won scholarships for International Ensemble Modern Academy in 2011. From 1999 to 2003, he played tenor and bass trombone with the National Opera of Athens and, since 2003, he has been the tenor and bass trombonist at the Athens State Orchestra.

Theodorou has a wide repertoire of Greek composers who have written solo works especially for him. He has also given many first performances in Greece of works by Iannis Xenakis, Keren, Luciano Berio, Sequenza V, John Cage, Solo For Sliding Trombone, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Invasion 1: Signale zur Invasion (from Dienstag in the theatre-work, Licht). As a soloist, he has performed with wind bands, with the Melos Brass Quintet, the Thessaloniki State Orchestra, and the Athens State Orchestra.

Spiros Vergis
Trombone

Spiros Vergis was born in 1988 on the island of Corfu, Greece. He started taking music lessons at the age of 7 playing the trumpet in Philarmonic Society of Corfu.

Following the advice of his teacher, Dimitrios Kafyris, he changed to euphonium/trombone at the age of 15 and studied with Stamatios Kritikos and then Spyros Farouggias at Corfu Conservatory. At the age of 17 and 18 he participated in Music Competitions for students around Greece and he won both times, first at “Trombone” Category and then “Winds” Category next year. In 2006 he was accepted in Royal Danish Academy to study trombone with T. Kroon and M. Andreasen. He has also participated in masterclasses with: C. Lindberg, M. Becquet, J. van Rinjen, Ben van Dijk, Raymond Munnecom, etc.

At his professional life he has collaborated with orchestras such as: Greek National Opera, Athens State Orchestra, Armonia Atenea, Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, Athens Philarmonic, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, etc. He was privileged to play in orchestras under the button of great conductors such as: Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, V. Ashkenazy, Leonidas Kavakos, etc. He is a member of “Ventus Ensemble” and Principal Trombone at Athens Philharmonia Orchestra.