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Acoustic Instrumental Classical Guitar Greek music

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Jazz: Chamber Jazz Moods: Featuring Guitar Classical: Chamber Music Classical: Contemporary Moods: Type: Acoustic

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Greece

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Kostas Grigoreas

Kostas Grigoréas (Gree-go-ré-as) was born in Athens. On graduating with a Distinction from the National Conservatory (class of Dimitris Fampas ), he continued his studies in England on a British Council scholarship. He studied Guitar and Theory at the RNCM under Gordon Crosskey , George Hadjinikos and John Williams and was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma of the University of Manchester. His activities include solo recitals, song accompaniment, composition and teaching. He has repeatedly given recitals and recorded for radio and television in most European countries, America, Africa and the Far East. His discography includes works for solo guitar, voice and guitar and considerable participation in works of contemporary composers. As a composer, he has contributed a substantial oeuvre to the repertoire of the classical guitar and other instruments. He has collaborated with all the leading Greek composers and singers in concerts as well as recordings. As a teacher he has created a school of distinguished guitarists. He is the webmaster and editor of " TaR - online musical magazine, mostly on the guitar" ( http://www.tar.gr/ )

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COMMENTS and PRESS REVIEWS:
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MANOS HADJIDAKIS (composer):
“Kostas Grigoreas is one of the most gifted Greek guitarists of our time: modern in his conception of the guitar and deeply cultivated musically. The way he plays my songs from the Notebook, in Tassos Karakatsanis’ inspired transcription, is fascinating, spontaneous and appealing at the same time. I love to listen to him playing my songs. And this is not something that happens to me often. For this reason I strongly recommend that you listen to him carefully. Along with my music, you will enjoy an exquisite guitar sound.”

EVANGELOS ASSIMAKOPOULOS (guitar soloist):
“Kostas Grigoreas’ recordings of works for solo guitar or song accompaniment are a model of quality, sensibility and consummate skill.”

HUBERT KAPPEL (guitar soloist - professor at the Musikhochschule, Köln)
“Both as a guitarist and a composer, Kostas Grigoreas is one of the most serious figures in the field of classical guitar”

PERICLES KOUKOS (composer):
"Kostas Grigoreas is an eminent guitar soloist.As a creator of works for the instrument he has served for years, he has developed a personal and direct idiom, which brings out both the virtuosic and the timbral qualities of this instrument..."

NOTIS MAVROUDIS (Guitarist - Composer about the album "Grigoreas plays Tzortzinakis")
Grigoreas’ interpretations have been established as the most authentic, since his friendship with the composer was the best source of ideas. In short, these recordings are perfectly reliable material that reflects an important period, and is still meaningful in our days.

GEORGE LEOTSAKOS (‘Express’, Athens)
“Grigoreas held us spellbound with the nobility of sound, the plasticity of phrasing and rhythm, and a wealth of fine shades of expression…”

GEORGE E. PAPADAKIS (‘Eleftherotypia’, Athens; review of "Guitar in the Greek Mode")
“Kostas Grigoreas, a top guitarist with a rich career, and a collaborator of important Greek composers, is one of those ‘fortunate’ musicians who are not ‘hindered’ by problems of technique in the full execution of the finest shades of expression and can interpret a work exactly as they feel it.”

COLIN COOPER (“Classical Guitar” magazine-London)
“A brilliant performance… the high accomplishment of this gifted guitarist.”

VASSILIS ANGHELIKOPOULOS (‘Kathimerini’, Athens)
“The ‘fascinating’ sound of a guitar, according to M. Hadjidakis.”

PHOEBUS ANOYANAKIS (‘Avgi’, Athens)
“At the core of his recital lay Bach (Second Lute Suite), which he rendered in consummate pre-classical style, beautiful sound and enviable technical skill… Benjamin Britten’s Nocturne, opus 70, was admirable in its ‘staging’.”

“GUITAR” MAGAZINE – London
“Excellent technique and sound.”

MARIA MARKOULI (‘Ta Nea’, Athens; review of "Guitar in the Greek Mode")
“…with his musical instinct and sensibility, the guitar plays a leading role of narrator.”

ALEXIS VAKIS (‘Diphono’ magazine)
“The technique and sound of the soloist are once again beyond question, in a record that is one of the most significant creative contributions to its genre.”

GEORGIA LAIMOU ('e-go.gr')
"Kostas Grigoreas possesses gifts that I greatly admire in a guitarist: power, economy, clarity, precision and a profound sense of rhythm, pouring forth with the spontaneity of natural charisma."