Dimitris Kotronakis

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Dimitris Kotronakis is a classical guitarist and musicologist based in Athens, Greece. He was born in Heraklion, Creta (Greece) in 1973.

At age seven, he began studying the classical guitar, and he graduated from the International Athens Conservatory with a guitar diploma in 1992 under the guidance of Vassilis Kanaras. Following this, he did post-graduate studies with Costas Cotsiolis at the Athens Conservatory, graduating again in 1996. He also undertook advanced theoretical and musicological studies that led to his diploma in Fugue, under Giorgos Sioras, and a degree in Musicology from the University of Athens in 1996. Additionally, he holds a doctorate from the same university (2014), under the supervision of Markos Tsetsos, in which he focused his studies on the guitar in Greece.

Dimitris has won prizes in many guitar competitions in Greece, Spain, and Romania. He also won the major honorary mention award at the 12th Web Concert Hall Competition (USA, March 2011), among 39 competitors representing all classical instruments.

He has recorded seven albums of solo and concerto repertoire, most for EMI Classics and Clear Note Records, receiving many rave notices from the critics, especially for his best selling CD, Echomythia. His last CD titled Toryanse, has been released in the USA on April 2016, by Soundset Records; it contains pieces of the modern guitar repertory.

Dimitris teaches guitar in three music institutions in Athens, the Music School of Alimos, the International Athens Conservatory, and the Panarmonio Conservatory.


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NameKotronakis, Dimitris
Date of Birth1973-09-17
Born inGreece, Europe
Home LocationAthens, Greece
Main languageGreek, Modern (1453-)
Additional languages English 
attended UniversitiesInternational Athens Conservatory, University of Athens - Department of Music Studies
Reviews
Dimitris Kotronakis
 marlowguitar.wordpress.com,
"Dimitris Kotronakis demonstrated just how awesome this instrument can be. From the opening transcription of the Bach Chaconne in D minor, to the closing work, Raphael Fays', Dans Yeux of Michelle and Romantic Voyage, this artist wowed devotees with technique that can only be described as Paganiniesque... In the two pieces by the Greek composer Thanassis Moraitis, Dimitris played with the soul of his country and the sensitivity of a true artists. Pyrotechnic passages were balanced by subtle, tender, heart-touching interpretations of lyrical phrases that stopped this listener to attend... We look forward to having Mr. Kotronakis back to the Marlow Series soon"
(Deborah Drayer)
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CD Review
 classical.net,
"it is obvious that Kotronakis has a tremendous technique. His playing is clean, and his rhythms are ultra-crisp...He is too talented not to become known the world over, though, and one of the major labels should sign him up immediately"
(Raymond Tuttle)
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Echomythia
 Classical Guitar Magazine,
"the speed at which Kotronakis can 'knock out' some of this music is quite breathtaking. Beginning with jazz works Kotronakis demonstrates well his capabilities (and understanding of this form) in passages of high velocity sitting alongside brief excursions into slow sensitivity and by the time the classic Reinhardt Nuages has been put to bed the idea emerges that here is a performer of extraordinary technique of musicianship. If further proof were needed to reveal the graceful side of this player, it comes with the first and third of the set of works by the Brazilian guitarist Marco Pereira - lovely compositions, exquisitely performed...The remaining items are exceedingly well presented and especial mention ought to be given to the Paco de Lucia classic La Cueva del Gato, which if one didn't know to the contrary, you would be forgiven for thinking that this was the great man himself playing. Altogether this is a startlingly exciting recording which captures the amazing artistry of a very distinct player"
(Steve Marsh)
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Kotronakis Dimitris, Echomythia
 Soundboard magazine, Vol XXXVII, No 2 ,
"Kotronakis immediately establishes himself as a player of boundless technique and stylistic range. He sounds like a one-man Quintet of the Hot Club of Paris. It is very impressive playing... It is a daring player who takes on music of Paco de Lucia, but Kotronakis pulls it off... Kotronakis can really fly around the guitar. An impressive disc, well recorded"
(Albert Kunze)
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Dimitris Kotronakis Guitar Concert
 facetofaceguitar.com, Baltimore
"The virtuosic Greek guitarist displayed a large range of repertoire that few guitarist command with such natural nuances and artistic phrasing. Kotronakis has exposed the next generation of players to a technique truly one of a kind... It is obvious why Kotronakis is in such high demand by his audiences"
(Chris Dunn)
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