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Michalis Sourvinos

MICHALIS SOURVINOS Born in Athens-Greece. He studied Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Composition, Saxophone, Piano at Southeastern College. He took his soloist Degree and Postgraduate diploma in Classical Guitar with Honors from the “Conservatory of Thessaloniki” and ‘’Piraeus municipal conservatory’’ near Professor Costas Cotsiolis. He took his Degree in Music Theory from the “Athenaeum Conservatory” near Professor Chr. Xanthoudakis. He has attended the Postgraduate Diploma in Classical Guitar of “Piraeus Municipal Conservatory” from where he graduated in 1998 near professor Costas Cotsiolis. He has also participated in masterclasses with: L. Brouwer (Cuba), Los Angles Quartet, P. Bellinati (Brazil), H.Kuppel (Germany), M. Socias (Spain), Z. Dukic . As a solo guitar player he has performed with the “ State Orchestra of Athens”, the “Greek Composers Union”, the “Orchestra of Colours”, the “String Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens”, the “Ionian University Orchestra”, conducted by L. Brouwer, Th.Antoniou, M.Logiadis, L. Karitinos, B. Fidetzis e.t.c. He has performed as a soloist, at the “Las Palmas International Guitar Festival” (Canary Islands – Spain), the “Volos International Guitar Festival, the “Naxos International Guitar Festival”, the “Porto Heli International Festival”, the “International Nafplio Festival”, the “1st and 2nd International Guitar Festival of Megaron”, the “International Euro Art Meeting” at Wroclaw – Poland, the “Ph.Nakas Concert Hall”, at Vasteras (Sweden), at “Forum Gitarre Wien 2011″, at Tirana Guitar Festival (2016) e.t.c. He has also performed with various ensembles in Greece: Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra, e.t.c and abroad: Germany (Munich-Stuttgart), Switzerland (Zurich – Lausanne), Belgium, Turkey (Istanbul – Antalya), Cyprus (Nicosia – Limassol – Paralimni), Egypt, France (Paris) e.t.c.. He has been awarded with the First Prize at the “Volos International Guitar Festival”, the First Prize at the 9th “Las Palmas Guitar Festival (Canary Islands – Spain), the First Prize with the “Classical Mandolin Orchestra of Athens” at the 5th International Competition at Julich – Koslar (Germany),the Third Prize with “Romido Cuerda Quartet” at the International Guitar Competition at Osnabruck of Germany and with the ”Fuego Guitar Trio” was recently awarded (March 2014) the special prize for the best arrangement and performance in the chamber music competition of Aschaffenburg in Germany, on the arrangement of the 6th Brandenburg concerto of J.S.Bach He has performed with popular Greek artists all over Greece, Cyprus and in several European Festivals. He has also taken part in various recordings and TV shows. He has conducted masterclasses at the “ Volos – Naxos International Guitar Festival”, ‘Hermoupolis International gitarre festival”, in Athens, Thessaloniki, at “The Music University of Vasteras-Stockholm” etc. He has often participated as a committee member at International Guitar Competitions. He has collaborated with numerous Conservatories, Music Schools in Athens and the Region. He teaches Guitar and Mandolin at the Nikaia Municipal Conservatory, the Zografou Municipal Conservatory ,, and at the Contemporary Conservatory of Athens and at the Private Zografou Conservatory . Several of his students have been awarded in Classical Guitar Competitions in Greece and abroad. He is member of ”Fuego Guitar Trio” and founding member-Art Director of “Athens Chamber Ensemble2012’’ and Peloponnese Guitar Festival.