from the blog.

Kostas Makryyannakis

Kostas studied music at the Synchronon Conservatoire of Thessaloniki, with Stavros Sourgounis and at Trinity College of Music – London, with Nicola Hall and Colin Downs. He holds a guitar diploma and a master’s degree in music (Trinity College of Music – London / University of Sussex).

Since 1997, he has performed in venues and festivals in Greece, UK, Germany, Denmark, Cyprus, Switzerland, Turkey, Romania, 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, actors and ensembles with whom he has performed and recorded

(MINOS-EMI – GR, Mylos – GR, Louvana – CY), ILLIRIA – DE). 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 solo album featuring his solo guitar music.

Between 2005 – 2011 Kostas organised and curated 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 Thessaloniki Municipal Conservatoire. 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.