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GIANNIS KOUTIS

He was born in 1985 in Nicosia, Cyprus. Moving to Greece he studied intensively for four years the art of Oud next to the virtuoso soloist and composer Haig Yazdjian.He studied Epirus Polyphonic Singing at the “Folk Instruments Museum of Athens Fivos Anogianakis”.He got his diploma in Byzantine Ecclesiastical Music passed with distinction and winning the first prize at The National Conservatory of Athens.He got his degree in Classical Guitar at Pythagorio Conservatory in Athens passed with distinction as well as the degree of ABRSM Grade 8, presented by the Greek soloist and composer Costas Grigoreas.He has participated in several European music events, seminars and music festivals. He has performed not only as a soloist but also in collaboration with several ensembles presenting among others his personal compositions. He has collaborated with world re-known musicians such as Kudsi Erguner (UNESCO Artist for Peace), Ross Daly, Omar Farouk Tekbilek etc.In 2016 he completed his Master studies (Master on Music/Oud performance) at Codarts Conservatory of Rotterdam having as main subject teacher the Ney Master Kudsi Erguner.  He is currently based in Cyprus working as a professional musician and teacher while he continues giving concerts around Europe and researching on the field of Modal Music of the Eastern Mediterranean.

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