Cretan Wind Instruments
Born in Heraklion, Crete. He got a diploma in flute and piano from the Orfeio Conservatory in Athens. Then did postgraduate studies in flute, piano and ethnomusicology in the UK.
Since 2004 he is engaged in research on Greek folk music and performs Greek traditional instruments (sfyrothiampolo, diplomadouro, askomadoura, bagpipe and Cretan lyra). He also attempts to adapt wind instruments from other traditions (such as western flutes, Celtic whistles, Indian bansuri) in the Greek idiom. By means of an IKY scholarship he conducted doctoral research at Sheffield University in England on “Analysis and Interpretation of Cretan Music using Traditional Instruments, and Adaptation of the Western Flute in the Cretan Musical Idiom”.
He is a principal contributor in the musical ensembles Daulute and Pyrichos which present particular proposals for the interpretation of Greek music. He has collaborated with renowned Cretan musicians such as Kostis Avissinos Maria Luka, Dimitris Sgouros, Michalis Stavrakakis, Leonidas Klados, Zacharis Spyridakis and Psaroyiorgis. He participates in traditional events and festivals around Greece as well as in venues abroad, playing Greek folk music.