[new releases - CD] ECHOMYTHIA solo guitar: DIMITRIS KOTRONAKIS
Among the CDs which accomplish their mission, i.e. to keep "good company" with their listeners, is the one by the distinguished virtuoso Dimitris Kotronakis. Full of very interesting and delightful new suggestions for the guitar repertoire. (K.G.)
RAPHAËL FAŸS 01. Romantique voyage(arrangement by D. Kotronakis) 02. Dans les yeux de Michèle(arrangement by D. Kotronakis) DJANGO REINHARDT 03. Nuages(arrangement by Roland Dyens) MARCO PEREIRA 04. Plainte 05. Tio Boros 06. Marta 07. Pixaim AGUSTÍN BARRIOS-MANGORÉ 08. Preludio 09. Las Abejas ROLAND DYENS 10. Valse des Loges Hommage à Villa-Lobos 11. Andantinostalgie 12. Tuhũ VOJISLAV IVANOVIC 13. Café No 2, Tear Prelude 14. Café No 5, Nostalgia, Tremolo study LUIS ZEA 15. Pajarillo ŠTĔPÁN RAK Góra 16. Tempo dé Rubato 17. Prestissimo PACO DE LUCIA 18. La Cueva del Gatï NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV 19. The flight of the bumblebee (arrangement by D. Kotronakis)
Dimitris Kotronakis was born in Heraklion, Creta (Greece), in 1973. His studies on classical guitar begun when he was at the age of seven, and were completed under guidance of Vassilis Kanaras in 1992, when he graduated from the “International Conservatory of Athens”, obtaining his guitar diploma.
He attended post-graduate studies on classical guitar at the “Athens Conservatory”, graduating again in 1996, under supervision of Costas Cotsiolis.
Meanwhile, he further expanded his theoretical musical knowledge (obtaining diploma in Fuge, under tutoring of Giorgos Sioras) and attended Musicology classes (obtaining diploma from the Musicology branch of the University of Athens, in 1996).
Today he is a Phd student of the above University, with his thesis having as subject: “Greek composers for guitar in the twentieth century”.
He has been awarded many prizes in guitar competitions, including 1st prize in the Volos guitar festival (Greece 1994), 1st prize in the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria guitar festival (Spain 1996), 2nd prize in the National Conservatory composing for guitar contest (Athens 1998), 1st prize in the Sinaia guitar festival (Romania 1999) and 1st prize in the Chalkis guitar competition (Greece 2002).
He has so far recorded two CDs with music by Nikos Mamagakis, namely “New Excursion” for solo guitar (two songs for guitar and voice included) and “Spring Synphony” for guitar and voice, based on poetry by Yannis Ritsos (IDAIA records - 2007).
In cooperation with the guitar quintet “Epsilon” (of whom he is the leed guitar), he has recorded another CD titled “Angel guitars” (MBI records - 2006).
His fourth CD titled “Echomythia” has been released in USA in the autumn of 2007 by the ClearNote publications. This disk contains pieces of the modern guitar repertory, influenced by the streams of Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music.
He has performed in numerous individual guitar recitals; he has also co-operated as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Craiova (Romania), the Orchestra of Colors (Greece) and the “Nicolaos Mantzaros” orchestra (Greece).
He teaches classical guitar in the Music School of Alimos, Athens, in the Panarmonio Conservatory, Athens and in the International Conservatory of Athens.