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Apostolos Paraskevas

Apostolos Paraskevas is a Grammy-nominated composer and guitarist and award winning film-director. Classical Guitar Magazine/London acknowledged him as the only guitarist ever to have a major orchestral piece performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the international press as the only musician who performed there in a Grim Reaper’s outfit!

Dr. Paraskevas, a Lukas Foss protégé of the early 90's has being for decades a multi-published and recording artist and hi music has being performed around the world by many orchestras. Major publishers: Berben/Italy, Clear Note/USA, Centaur and Bridge Records, Santerrelle Verlag/Germany, and PaNas/Greece. He received five First Prizes in International Composition Competitions and is the founder and Artistic Director for 17 years of the International Guitar Congress/Corfu/Greece.

Major performances include appearances with maestro Foss at Carnegie Hall/New York, Weill Hall/New York, Wertheim Performing Arts Center/Miami, Jordan Hall/Boston, St. Petersburg and Capella Halls/Russia, The Athens Concert Hall/Greece etc. After the premiere of his orchestral work Night Wanderings' at Carnegie Hall with the National Festival Orchestra, few months later two of his guitar concertos were presented with him as soloist and had their NY premiere at the Weill Hall in a sold out concert. Soon after he performed his Third Guitar concerto at the Hamptons Music Festival with Lukas Foss conducting the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra and two of his orchestral pieces Ephatha and The Other Land/2007 (commissioned by the Athens Concert Hall) had their premiere in Athens with Theodore Antoniou conducting the Hellenic Music Ensemble. Other recent performances of his guitar concertos took place in Odessa/Kiev in Ukraine, Bangkok/Thailand and St. Petersburg in Russia with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2006-2007 he released three new CD's with Clear Note Publications, The Garden Of Eden, Laments for solo Guitar and Night Wanderings which includes guitar concertos written for him and by him and his own symphonic music with Lukas Foss conducting.

In 2007 -08 Berben Publications in Italy published several works by him including five orchestral works (Constitution Article 91, The Daedalus and Ikaros Journey, Ephatha, Open Up, Genesis) and his 24 Studies for the guitar. His latest Guitar Quartet A Feast for Tantalus was premiered last August in Germany by the Tantalus Quartet and is already published by Clear Note Publications in the US. Dr. Paraskevas composed at least a dozen of concertos of which The Feast (concerto for four guitar and orchestra) is the sixth among the ones for guitar/s and orchestra.

His awards include: Grammy Nomination, Bridge Records/1998, Gold Level Award at the 2010 California Film Awards, Silver Screen Award in the 2010 Nevada Film Festival,
First Prize in the 2000 “Lukas Foss International Composition Competition”; First prize in the 1996 Composition Competition of the Greek Union of Conservatories (advanced category), Winner of the 1997 “Call for Scores” National Composers Conference (SCI), First Prize at the “I. Papaioanou” Composition Competition (Greece) 1997; Honorary Diploma for the Arts from the Palacio de Junco (Cuba) for his artistic activity; Honorary Diploma, 1991 Guitarist of the Year from the Greek National Center for Music Studies for his concert entitled Sound Show; the Red Cross Diploma for his artistic contribution; Finalist in the 1994 ALEA Composition Competition; Grants from the American Music Center, the Massachusetts Cultural Center and the Award for Artists and Writers by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His commissions include the Athens Concert Hall, the Augustine Foundation/David Starobin, BATH Music festival, Hellenic Radio Television Berklee Wind Ensemble, Iserlohn Guitar Symposium, Hellenic Composers Association, Amadeus Duo, Steven Robinson, David Starobin, Tantalus Guitar Quartet, Greek Polytechnic Institute and ALEA III.

Apostolos Paraskevas tours frequently around the world lecturing on subjects of creation and the music of our time. His latest appearances include performances with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of “The Feast”, in Greece and a Carnegie Hall concert as a performer and composer on original works. Recently he performed his Third Guitar Concerto with the Thessaloniki Municipal Symphony Orchestra (Greece), lectured in Barcelona at Escuela Superior de Musica, performed with the Orpheus Ensemble in Fresno CA, at the Capella Hall of St. Petersburg/Russia with the Russica Antigua Players under the direction of Francisco Noya and judged the famous Guitar Virtuosi Performance Competition of The Russian Federation.

He is a Professor at Berklee College of Music. His major teachers include Theodore Antoniou (Greece), Lukas Foss (USA) and Leo Brouwer (Cuba). He is included in the State of the Axe publication by the famous photographer Ralph Gibson as one of 80 most innovative living guitarists.
More information: http://people.berklee.edu/aparaskevas/


Bio (short)
Apostolos Paraskevas is a classical guitarist and composer as well as an award-winning film director and producer. He has received multiple international awards for his compositions and was nominated for a Grammy Award. He is the only guitarist ever to have a major orchestral piece performed at Carnegie Hall––and the only musician who has performed there in a Grim Reaper outfit. He has made over a dozen recordings of his music. He served for 16 years as the artistic director of the International Guitar Congress on the island of Corfu, Greece. Recent appearances have included concerts in the U.S. at Carnegie Hall and Weill Hall, and abroad in St. Petersburg, Athens, and Germany. Apostolos is a Professor of Composition and Classical Guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Visit his website at http://apostolosparaskevas.com