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Demertzis George-Violi

He was born in Chalkida in 1954. He began his studies at the Conservatory of Chalkida and then at the Hellenic Conservatory of Athens, with Stelios Kafantaris as his teacher. He received his soloist diploma in 1979 with all the honours. He also studied with Max Rostal at the Konservatorium fur Musik in Bern. In 1981 he was awarded the A. Curci competition. In 1986 the Academy of Athens awarded him the “Spyros Mocheniw” prize.

He served two years (1984-86) as first sextet of the Suedwestdeutsche Philharmonie – Konstanz. He was a founding member of the “Hellenic Trio” and since 1990, a founding member of the “New Greek Quartet”, a group whose worldwide concert and recording activity has received praise from the Greek and foreign press. As a soloist, he appears regularly with leading orchestras all over the world.

He has also given first performances in Greece and abroad of concertos by Nielsen, Korngold and Bernstein, or the concertos by Skalkotas, Kalomiris and Sisilianos. He records with the Swedish label BIS. His already released CDs, from the series of Nikos Skalkotas’ answers, have been awarded and received the best reviews from the biggest record magazines all over the world.

He is a professor at Lawrence University in Appleton – Winsconsin in the USA and at the Ano Liosia Municipal Conservatory.

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