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Kostas Makrygiannakis

Kostas Makrygiannakis studied music (Thessaloniki-Greece – Synchronon Conservatoire, London-UK – Trinity College of Music) and economics/business administration (Thessaloniki-AUTH, Ecole Superieure de Commerce – Dijon FR ). He also attended several masterclasses and workshops with acclaimed musicians and has been distinguished in international competitions as prize-winner or finalist.

Since 1996, he has widely performed in venues and festivals in Greece, UK, Germany, Denmark, Romania, Cyprus and Czech Republic. His broad area of interests includes chamber music, new music for guitar, historically based performance as well as pop music, conceptual music and composition. 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 Greek State Radio and Television, BBC, EBU and has been engaged in several album recordings. His performances have received great reviews from the international press such as Classical Guitar Magazine (UK), Neue Presse (Germany) and from Greek newspapers and magazines.

Kostas is the artistic director of Guitar Plus Festival in Thessaloniki, the only greek festival entirely focused on chamber guitar music from Renaissance to the present day. Also, since 2012 he is the artistic director of the Municipal Conservatoire of Thessaloniki. Together with Thimios Atzakas and George –Emmanuel Lazaridis, he is a founding member 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.