Teaching Staff

WOODWIND

The list of teaching staff is updated continually

Othonas Gkogkas
Flute

He was born in Corfu, Greece and he had his first music lessons in the Mantzaros Philharmonic Society.  He obtained his flute diploma with honors and 1st prize from the Nakas Conservatoire under Professor Thomas Georgiou.He continued his studies in the Royal Academy of Music in London with Michael Cox and Kate Hill on the flute and with Patricia Morris on the piccolo and  graduated in 2008 with the Bachelor of Music. He obtained the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Ulla Miilmann.

During his studies he held Scholarships from the Royal Academy of Music and the ‘Alexandra Trianti’ scholarship from Athens Concert Hall. With appearances in Greece, England, Belgium and Germany, he has given world premiers and Greek premiers for pieces written for the flute and he has collaborated with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kamerata Orchestra of the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens and the Orchestra of Colours.

As a soloist he has appeared with the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Municipality Symphony Orchestra of Thessaloniki and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra with which he gave the Greek premiere of the concertos for flute and orchestra by L. Liebermann and P. Vasks. He has been awarded with the “’Dorothy Grinstead Memorial Prize’ from the Royal Academy of Music, London and with the “Barenreiter Urtext Prize” in the ARD international competition in Munich (2015). Also, he has won prizes in the 1st European flute competition in Thessaloniki (2007) and the Jonathan Myall competition for piccolo in London (2008).

He appears also with the Ventus Ensemble, where he is a founding member. He is the principal flute of the Thessaloniki State Symphony orchestra since 2008.

Nikos Nikopoulos
Flute

One of the most versatile flutists of Greece, Nikos Nikopoulos has been praised by the press for his velvet and rich sound as well as his faultless virtuosity. Since 2000 he has been principal flute with the Greek National Opera orchestra. As first flute he has also played with the TSSO, the Camerata – Armonia Atenea and the City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra. As soloist he has collaborated with most major orchestras of his country, the Wiener Kammerorchester, the Virtuosi di Praga, the University of Leeds Chamber Orchestra, the GNO Chamber Orchestra as well as with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Leonidas Kavakos, Christopher Hogwood, Christopher Warren-Green, Sir Neville Marriner, Diemut Poppen, Olaf Koch, Hector McDonald. He has appeared in his country’s most prestigious festivals, notably the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, the Megaron Concert Hall Chamber Music Cycle invited by L. Kavakos, “Demetria” Festival, “Yannis Papaioannou” Festival, International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades and he has also been invited in international venues and flute festivals (e.g. England, Ireland, Portugal and India).

Deeply devoted in chamber music, he has participated in in numerous concerts with various instrumental combinations and he was co-founder of the Hellenic Woodwind Academy. He also performs as Duo Choriambus – with harpist Georgia Xagara (CD Dialogues, 2008). Recently, he recorded the flute works by composer – flutist Ev. Kokkoris (CD, Nostalgica Utopica 2016).

Nikos is a graduate of the State Conservatoire of Thessaloniki, the Conservatory of Athens, the Hellenic Open University (Studies in European Culture) and he holds a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music, a Master’s degree (MMus with distinction) from the University of Leeds and a Specialized Master (Soloist) from the Zurich University of Arts. He has been a scholar of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. Among his most influencial teachers are M. Ziegler, P. Lloyd, R. Davis, I. Macovei, R. Brown (traverso) and P. Morris (piccolo).

As a founding member of FluteArt he was actively and repeatedly involved in the organization of the Flute Meetings, the annual flute festival of his country. A strong supporter of historically informed performance he has participated in recordings and concerts both as soloist and orchestral player with Armonia Atenea on period instruments. He currently teaches at Philippos Nakas Conservatory, Athens. In 2011-12 he also taught at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. In 2001 he was a finalist in the Jeunesses Musicales flute competition in Bucharest and was awarded a special prize.

Dimitrios Vamvas
Oboe

The oboist Dimitrios Vamvas was born in Patras in 1975. Along with being the principal oboe at the Athens State Orchestra since 1998, he follows a soloist career performing in numerous recitals, concerts, chamber music festivals in Greece and abroad (France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Cyprus) with important orchestras like Camerata Stuttgart, Athens State Orchestra, Camerata- the Friends of Music Orchestra and others.

His profound interest for baroque music led him to involve with the baroque and classical period oboe and collaborate with important baroque ensembles. He is member of Armonia Athenea and he participated in recordings of rare Haendel repertoire with recording labels as MDG, DECCA, Deutsche Grammophone under the conduction of George Petrou, which were received with the highest critical acclaim from the international press (ECHO KLASSIC 2008 Award, International Opera Awards as the best cd in ‘complete opera’, Choc-Monde de la Musique, Gramophone-Editor’s Choice, Diapason 5, CD of the week-Sunday Times etc).

He has been awarded with the 1st Prize at the International Oboe Competition “Richard Lausmann) and the 1st Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition of HELEXPO in collaboration with the pianist Ch. Aggelopoulos.

He is currently teaching at the Athens Conservatoire and the Athens “Orfeion” Conservatory. He studied next to prof. Claude Siele at the Athens Conservatoire, from where he graduated with First Prize Distinction and honors. Special landmark for his musical evolution was his studies with prof. Slatan Sirakov (Patras) and his postgraduate studies with prof. Christian Schneider (Cologne Academy of Music) under the scholarship of “Alexandra Trianti” Foundation of Athens Megaron.

Spyros Mourikis
Clarinet

Spyros Mourikis was born in 1974 and started his lessons with Charalambos Farantatos at the Athens Concervatoire where he got his Diploma with the Gold Prize. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory with Michel Arrignon and Maurice Bourgue, graduating with the First Prize in 1995.

In 1997, he won the first Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition in Odense, while the same year he also won the young Artist Prize of the Greek Association of Theatre and Music Reviewers. As a soloist he regularly performs with all the orchestras in Greece, including Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Armonia Atenea and Greek National Radio Symphony and has given concerts with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Azerbaijan National Symphony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Wind Ensemble, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico City Symphony Orchestra, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Paris Conservatory Orchestra, the Southwest Germany Philharmonic Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and MusicAeterna Orchestra. He is invited as a jury member in numerous international clarinet competitions, such as the “Carl Nielsen” and “Gheorghi Dima” competitions, and has given masterclasses and lectures in Music Academies and foundations all over Europe and the United States, Nielsen Society, Bremen Hochschule,, Manhattan School of Music, Vandoren Music House, Paderewski Music Academy etc.

His discography includes the Brahms and Mozart clarinet quintets with the Sting Quartet of the   Paris Opera Bastille (Agora), the Nielsen concerto with Odense Symphony Orchestra (Danish Radio), as well as Reflexion des Preludes for clarinet and orchestra of the Danish composer Erik Bach with the Symphony Orchestra of Aarhus (Da Capo). He has worked as principal clarinet with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Claudio Abbado. The last few years he is the principal clarinet of  Armonia Atenea Orchestra with period instruments and has also performed as a soloist with period clarinets. He is currently playing with the MusicAeterna Orchestra as a guest solo clarinet.

He is solo clarinetist at the Athens State Orchestra and professor of clarinet at the Athens Conservatoire.

Spyros Tzekos
Clarinet

The Greek clarinetist Spyros Tzekos took his first music lessons at “Mantzaros” Philharmonic Society in Corfu and continued his studies at “Philippos Nakas” Conservatory of Athens, in the class of Eustathios Kiosoglou. After obtaining his clarinet diploma with the highest grade and graduating with first prize honors, he went on to study with Ronald van Spaendonck at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Mons on a scholarship awarded to him by Athens Megaron’s “Friends of Music Society”. He continued his studies with Walter Boeykens at Fontys Hogescool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg, on a Greek State Scholarships Foundation scholarship. At the same time he attended the course “Contemporary Music through Non-Western Techniques” at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, in the framework of which he explored extended techniques of the clarinet along with the principles of South Indian classical music and ways to apply them in western contemporary music creation and performance.

He has also attended numerous master classes with distinguished clarinet professors such as Michel Arrignon, Walter Boeykens, Alessandro Carbonare, Romain Guyot, Ralph Manno, Andrew Marriner, and Aurelian Octav Popa, as well as improvisation workshops held in Amsterdam by the Magpie Music Dance Company. Spyros has collaborated with Greece’s greatest orchestras and cultural institutions  and organizations such as Athens State Orchestra, Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, Athens Camerata, Orchestra of Colors, Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Greek National Theatre, Athens Megaron, Benaki Museum, Onassis Cultural Centre, French Institute of Athens, Chios Music Festival, International Music Festival of Cyclades, Ionian Summer Music Academy, and has also appeared as a guest soloist with the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the Athens State Symphony Orchestra and the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra. When working on his side projects, Spyros collaborates with musicians from different backgrounds, creating music for silent films and animation shorts, explores extended techniques of the instrument and processes sound using analogue tapes, synthesizers and effect units, demonstrating, in general, a great interest in composing, collecting and performing works for clarinet and electronics  especially through his solo projects  called #klarineto_stin_priza.

Spyros is also an active chamber music musician and contemporary music performer and founding member of two of Greece’s leading ensembles: ARTéfacts ensemble, which is a contemporary music ensemble that has been focusing on commissioning new works and presenting contemporary music performances since it started in 2008, and Ventus ensemble, a wind instrument ensemble along with piano and percussion consisting of principal musicians of both Athens and Thessaloniki Symphony State Orchestras as well as the Greek National Opera, which since 2005 has been exploring and performing works from the exciting repertoire of the genre. Recordings of the ensembles have been released by Decca Classics and the Greek independent record label Puzzlemusik. Both ensembles are based in Athens and give numerous performances, educational concerts and master classes in Greece and abroad.

Spyros Tzekos is principal clarinetist of the Greek National Opera since 2007  and clarinet professor at Athens Conservatory College of Music. Spyros plays on Légende and Festival clarinets.

Guido De Flaviis
Saxophone

Guido De Flaviis took a first – class honours Bachelor Degree under Mario Marzi’s guidance at Conservatory ”G. Verdi” of Milan in 2004. He finished,  with honours, the Master Degree at the Dutch National Academy of Music “Swellinck” in Amsterdam, under Henk van Twillert’s guidance in 2007.

He gained scholarships as Dragoni scholarship, Ferrero scholarship in Milan and the prestigious Top Talent in Netherlands. Besides, he  was awarded the first absolute prize among all the categories of soloists and chamber music at The International Festival “Duchi d’Acquaviva” of Atri in 2004, and in two international competitions for saxophone soloists (Marco Fiorindo in 2005 and “Massimo Urbani” of Camerino in 2006) the third absolute prize.

Specialized in performing classical and contemporary music with all the sizes of saxophone but also free improviser, he regularly plays in prestigious festivals and theaters all over Europe and collaborates internationally with composers making recordings and CD productions as saxophone solo and as a member of chamber music groups such as the “ARTefacts Ensemble” of Athens, “Tania Giannouli” Ensemble, “Rafi music theatre Company”, the “Red Chicken Soup duo” (Saxophone Percussion), Ergon Ensemble, the “S.T.A.B.” saxophone quartet, the “Medeaeletronique”  the “Kerkezos” saxophone quartet, the TETTTIX Ensemble etc.

He has been collaborating with different orchestras such as the Greek National Opera Orchestra, the Greek National Orchestra of Radio – Television “ERT”, the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the Camerata -Armonia Atenea Orchestra  and “Chromaton” of Athens, “Stegi Grammaton  kai Technon”, the Greek National Theatre and with the Italian “Scaligeri” ensemble of “La Scala”, the Cantelli an Verdi orchestras of Milan. It is of relevance his decade collaboration with the S. Cecilia orchestra of Rome under the guidance of Sir Antony Pappano.

As a soloist with Orchestra, Guido has already had more than fifty concerts to his credit.

As extra activities Guido has participate as composer in the book collection “Mikres Kalinichtes” edited by Metaichmio publishing house and “A Small Window” edited by the Onassis Cultural Center.

As a saxophone teacher he was an assistant in the “Swellinck” Conservatory of Amsterdam from 2005 to 2007 and from 2008 to the 2020 he has been a teacher of classical saxophone at the Municipal Conservatory of Music of Patra and since the 2019 he is teaching at the Municipal Conservatory of Music of Heraklion (Crete), Greece.

Georgios Faroungias
Bassoon

Georgios Faroungias was born in 1973 in Corfu and he received his first bassoon lessons in Philharmonic Society “Mantzaros”. He studied at the National Conservatory of Athens with Kostas Samoilis and ge received his diploma in 1995 with excellent and 1st prize. In addition, he received the scholarship of the Onassis Foundation to further study in the Music Academy of Freiburg (Germany) and he graduated in 1998 with distinction.

During the period 1993 – 1996 he was a member of the “Nikolaos Mantzaros” ensemble, the Orchestra of Colours, Greek National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata Orchestra. From 1996 to 2001 he held the position of solo bassoon in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Essen under the direction of W.D.Hauschild and S. Soltesz. At the same time, he had commissions with other orchestras such as the Philharmonic of Munich, Staatskapelle of Desden, Gewandhaus of Leipzig, Symphony Orchestra of Bamberg , Gürzenich of Cologne, Babarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg Orchestra, Antwerp Royal Opera, Basel Orchestra and others. Among others, he have performed under the direction of: G.Sinopoli, A.Fischer, D.Baremboim, Sir Nev. Marriner,  K.Masur, P. Luigi, Z.Mehta, D.Kitajenko, W.Ashkenazy, G.Dudamel, J.Hrusa, H.Blomstedt, Mariss  Jansons. From 1999 to 2001 he tought at the Folkwang  Musikhochschule  of Essen  and he performed as solo bassoon with the ensemble Consortium Classicum. As a soloist, he performed with Athens State Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, National Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Colours, the Camerata Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Essen and the Munchen Bach Soliste.

Since 2001 he is the principal bassoonist of the Greek National Opera Orchestra. He is a member of the ensemble of contemporary music under Theodore Antoniou, founding member of the Aiolos woodwind quintet ensemble and KYKLOS ensemble. In addition, he is bassoon professor at the Athens Conservatoire.