String Demons

The cellist Konstantinos Boudounis and violinist Lydia Boudounis, the two members of the band "String Demons", began to collaborate in 2012. Following their music studies, they took an active part in music contests, where they were awarded several prizes, and in seminars taught by renowned teachers. They have also performed many successful concerts in Greece (Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls, Herodes Atticus and many other theaters, museums, and festivals) and abroad (Germany, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus, New York) and have produced their own recordings. During their career, they have collaborated with many different musicians, such as Vangelis Boudounis, Maria Chairogiorgou, Maro Razi, Stefanos Korkolis, Elias Karellas, Christos Thiveos, Miltos Paschalidis, Periklis Koukos, Yiotis Kiourtsoglou, Giorgos Trantalidis, Alkis Papadopoulos, Vassiliki Karakosta, Akiko Koizumi, Angelos Antonopoulos , Ciccada.  In 2014-2015, they traveled around Greece to present the concert "String Demons - String Conflict". In 2017, their third album was released by MINOS EMI UNIVERSAL entitled "Rise of Strings". They have dealt with all the styles of music, since their program, apart from their own works (Pontian casino, Piratical, Life and Truth of a Politician, etc.), includes innovative music compositions based on original works by Bach, Vivaldi, Hatzidakis, Iron Maiden, Queen, Vamvakaris and Tsitsanis, but with a rock and a pop twist.  In many of their pieces, they combine the Greek musical tradition with the wider western music. In their live performances, the various music and play styles alternate with a variety of sound colors and loud crust drum snapshots, creating a dynastic string-based atmosphere.

 

 

Achilleas Martinis

Achilleas was born in Athens in 2001. He began his guitar studies at the age of 7, with Mr. Alexandros Kalkos as a teacher. Since 2013, he has been attending the federal music school "Conservatoire de Lausanne". He is currently following lessons at the higher level of the conservatory ("Superieur II") with teacher Mr. Renauld Renquin. He has participated in several guitar competitions in Switzerland and has been distinguished in his age group. In 2016 and 2017, he was awarded a distinction prize by the conservatory. He has played guitar at several concerts organized by the "Conservatoire of Lausanne" as well as concerts at his school.

Panos Bletzas

Panos was born in Athens in1994. In 2013 he released his first song entitled "You Lose Time" based on music by well-known composer Yiannis Phraseris and lyrics by Faiis Konstantinidou. In July 2015, he released the song "Fasteria Table", which is a duet with the renowned Greek singer Pitsa Papadopoulou, based on lyrics by Georgi Semimini and music by composer Christos Giannopoulos. Shortly thereafter, the song "Byzantine Sign" is released in music by Mimi Plessas and poetry by Dimitrios I. Brouhos. In March 2016, he collaborated with Stamatis Kokotas and Stavros Xarchakos' folk band at the Baraonda Music Hall. In his career, he has performed in Greece and abroad (Utrecht, Stuttgart, Belgium, etc.) in well-known concert-theater venues. Despite his young age, he has collaborated with many well-known artists such as Mimis Plessas, Stamatis Kokkotas, Giannis Zouganelis, Pitsa Papadopoulou, Themis Adamantidis, Christos Papadopoulos, Gerasimos Andreatos, Gregoris Bithikotsis, Konstantina. In March 2018, he released his first solo album entitled "The Globe", entirely composed by the important younger composer Christos Papadopoulos. He lives in Athens, where he studies with a scholarship at the National Conservatory of Athens (Halandriou), senior musical theorems and contemporary song.

Mavina Makropoulou

Mavina was born in Athens and raised in Argyroupoli. She studied piano at the Holargos National Conservatory and graduated in 2017. She has worked as a music teacher at the Primary Education of Heraklion, Crete and Cyclades. This year, she works as a teacher of theoretical music lessons and experiential approaches, at the Gymnasium and Lyceum of Ioannina. She has participated in the 2012 Poros International Festival and the Vault Theater Politika Festival in 2016.

Ion Martinis

Ion was born in Athens in 2004. He commenced his piano studies at the age of 5.5, with Ms. Tina Konstantinidou as his teacher. Since 2013, he has been studying at the "Conservatoire de Lausanne". He is currently at the higher level of music studies at the conservatory. His teacher is Mr. Jean Luc Hottinger.  In 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 he was awarded a distinction prize by the conservatory and is currently preparing to perform at the final stage of the Steinway competition in Switzerland. He has performed piano in several concerts, both in Greece (Tinos Festival 2016, Panos & Cressida 4 Life concert at the Benaki Museum with distinguished musicians, Tina Konstantinidou concerts at Naka Conservatoire and National Conservatory of Halandri) and abroad ("Conservatoire de Lausanne" concerts, Steinway contest, a concert in the central church of Lausanne and concerts at his school in Switzerland).

Stefania Filippidi
Stefania was born in Athens in 1988. She obtained her first degree in Architecture from the University of Kent in 2009. Following a few years of employment in the architecture industry, she decided to follow her passion for music and went to London to attend London Music School from where she earned a Professional Diploma in Vocal Performance and Production in 2012. In 2013, she went to Berklee College of Music, in Boston, US, from where she graduated in 2016. She then worked for Minos Emi Universal as Marketing Assistant. From a very young age she has appeared in many concerts and has participated in various Jazz seminars such as the Global Music Foundation.

John Tsotras

He was Born in Athens in 1984. He attended the Music Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and he then continued his studies in the Music Department of the Ionian University, with a Specialty Composition for Performing Arts. His music education includes the following:

 

-Piano studies with Christos Menti (1992-1994)

-Participation in the Choir of the Conservatory of Kalamata (1992-1998)

-Piano, Harmony, and Music Theory lessons with Stathis Gyfttakis (1995-1998)

-Kornos courses with Dionysis Monzhenigo (1999-2001)

-Cornos courses with Dimitris Skouras (2001-2005)

-Kornos courses with Antonis Lagos (2007-2010)

-Piano studies with Giorgos Kontrafouris (2010-2011)

 

He has made important collaborations with Greek artists such as Stephanos Vassiliadis, Yannis Parios, Gerasimos Andreatos, Natalia Rassouli, Irene Toubaki, Thodoris Kotonias, Maria Androutsu, Sofia Vossou, Helen Legaki, Lambis Livieratos, Thomais Apergis, Vanilla Swing and Pantelis Abazis.