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New album presentation: "The Guitar Etudes" by Dimitris Kotronakis (guitarist) and Apostolos Paraskevas (composer)
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New album presentation: "The Guitar Etudes" by Dimitris Kotronakis (guitarist) and Apostolos Paraskevas (composer)

Sun, April 11, 2021 8:30 PM, EEST

Dimitris Kotronakis (guitarist) and Apostolos Paraskevas (composer), together with Tasos Tsimpoukidis (audio engineer) will present their new Album entitled "The Guitar Etudes", released in January 2021, by Silver Sickle Publications. This will be the first world presentation of the album, which contains 24 studies for classical guitar, written by the distinguished professor Apostolos Paraskevas. Although it is a set of pieces that share the same aesthetics, each one of the 24 studies has its own personality and texture, with a gradual increase of performer’s technical demands.

In this presentation, Dimitris Kotronakis will play 15 studies, in two sets. Just before the first set, Professor Costas Tsougras (School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Greece) will make a short announcement. Accordingly, before the second set, guitarist and musicologist Yiannis Andronoglou (Teaching Fellow at the University of West Macedonia - Greece) will also make a short announcement.


Program notes by the Composer, Apostolos Paraskevas (Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music)

"The subject of creating an educational aid for guitar students of an intermediate level that will serve also as a similar aid for theory and composition students fascinates me and motivates my compositional thought for quite a while. The objective was to create miniature complete works for the guitar, as J. S. Bach did with his fifteen inventions, in the “manner” of an Étude that deals with specific aspects of guitar techniques and musicianship in general.

These 24 Études are gradually graded based on their difficulty and style. They cover all the positions of the guitar and explore known and some unfamiliar techniques for the contemporary guitarist.

I used a compositional language more familiar for the level of the intermediate guitarist but without sacrificing my original compositional voice so these pieces could be used as concert works by the advanced musicians as well. My intention is to educate students in a multilevel study environment and to be able to promote the music of our time. During my teaching years I found that students become better musicians when they have been taught to adapt certain performance difficulties and compositional techniques at an earlier level of their training."
Apostolos Paraskevas

Program

Dimitris Kotronakis Classical Guitar

First set of studies:
1. With False Optimism
16. Without Hesitation
3. With just the Two of You
19. Without Fear of Failure
7. With a Touch of Shame
8. With a Touch of Boredom
10. With a Peaceful Anger
20. With This and That


Second set of studies:
4. With a Touch of Impatience
21. With a Kind Motion
13. Without Sense of Humor
17. With Shameless Vibrato
18. With a Touch of Distress
23. With Suspense
24. With Everything You May Have

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Host

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Apostolos Paraskevas

Attendees

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Eric Silberger Emcee
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Michael Partington
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Sofia Charalambous
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Giannis Mandilaras
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Ioannis Tsekas
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Sakis Petropoulos
Center
Judy Cress
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Marie Gunter
Center
David Lau Magnussen
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Manos Kotronakis
Center
Suzanne Scollon
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Aggelos Hill
Center
Paraskevi Malamati
Center
Petros Dzerefos
Center
Sokratis Georgiadis
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Giorgios Maragos
Center
Marika Koursari
Center
Christopher Kalinski
Center
Natalia Vafeiadi
Center
“RC STRINGS ARTISTS” CONCERT SERIES
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Ευάγγελος Μακροστέργιος
Center
Androniki Nikolakaki
Center
Alice Loo
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Ludwig Brunner
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JUAN GRECOS
Yes
Yevgeny Kalinsky
Yes
Panagiotis Nikolaou
Yes
Raptis
Yes
Εύα κομπογιωργα
Yes
Derek Hurst
Yes
IOLI LOUKANTZIKOU
Yes
Varouchaki tina
Yes
Τάσος Κολυδάς
Yes
Raftopoulou Chrysanthi
Yes
Iliana Iliopoulou
Yes
Sandra Combs