Workshop's Teachers
The teachers that have participated in the Workshop's activities up to now

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Hazem Shaheen is an Egyptian musician from the city of Alexandria. He graduated from "The Higher Institute for Arabic Music" with a grade of Excellent with honours, in 1999. He also graduated in 2002 with a grade of Excellent with honours from "The Arabic Oud House", founded by the renowned Iraqi musician Nasseer Shamma. Hazem was awarded 1st prize as "The Best Oud Player in the World" in the International Oud Competition in Beirut sponsored by the Catholic University in 2002.

araz-1Born in 1980 in Tehran, Iran, Araz Salek began playing the tar at the age of eight under the instruction of Tofigh Iranparvar. He continued his study of Mousa Khan's instrumental radif under the supervision of maestro Houshang Zarif. Araz, then deepened his understanding of the Persian musical tradition by studying Mirza Abdollah's instrumental radif and Davami's vocal Radif with Arshad Tahmasebi.

After moving to Toronto, Salek released his first and critically-acclaimed solo CD 'Birth' in 2008.

Γεννήθηκε στα Χανιά το 1964.Επηρεασμένος από τον πατέρα του ξεκινά τις σπουδές του το 1980.Οι μουσικές του αναζητήσεις τον φέρνουν στην Αθήνα όπου παρακολουθεί μαθήματα κλασικής κιθάρας με καθηγητή τον Σ.ΠΑΠΑΓΙΑΝΝΗ.Η αγάπη του παράλληλα για το FLAMENCO και η φιλία του με τον κιθαρίστα PACO GRUZ θα τον οδηγήσουν στην Ισπανία όπου θα συνεχίσει το ταξίδι στο μαγικό χώρο της flamenco κιθάρας όπου ήδη είχε ξεκινήσει στην Ελλάδα με τις γνωριμίες του αντίστοιχα με τους κιθαρίστες Γ.ΠΑΠΑΔΌΠΟΥΛΟ και Γ.ΒΑΛΥΡΗ. Από το 1984 συνεργάζεται μαζί τους και με Ισπανούς καλλιτέχνες επίσης.Παρακολουθεί μαθήματα στην ακαδημία κιθάρας με καθηγητή τον κιθαρίστα PARILLA DE JEREZ στην Ανδαλουσία Εμφανίζεται πολύ συχνά σαν σολίστας της κιθάρας Flamenco και ακολουθεί μια μακρά περίοδος παραστάσεων στην Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό.

cihanCihan Türkoğlu was born in Turkey in 1983 and he began studying the Turkish folk lute known as bağlama (saz) when he was 14 years old. At the age of 17 he received third prize for his performing skills in a regional music competition and, at the age of 18, commenced his studies in classical at the Marmara University in Istanbul focusing on the cello. At the university he had the opportunity to study harmony, choral music, piano, music history, orchestration, traditional Turkish music and dances, and cello.

papatzanisGiannis Papatzanis has spent many years studying the techniques and musical idioms of various different percussion instruments, both traditional and contemporary. He subsequently turned his attention to the Daouli, the only percussion instrument traditionally encountered in Cretan music, on which he developed new techniques and a new musical approach which open many new possibilities which did not previously exist in the traditional very minimal style of playing.

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Carlo Rizzo, one of Italy's most innovative musicians, is especially well-known for playing  tambourine-like frame drums of his own creation. Particularly notable are two tambourines containing a complex tuning mechanism which give him the ability to utilize sounds and techniques from a wide variety of drums from the tambourine family such as the Italian Tamburello, the Brazilian Pandeiro, the South Indian Kanjira, and the Arabic Riqq.

eleonorebillyEléonore Bılly started to play nyckelharpa when she first discovered swedish folk music. She was the first French musician to study this instrument at the Eric Sahlström Institutet in Tobo, Sweden. Since then, she has been very active in France and abroad to share her passion through the medium of concerts, exhibitions and workshops. She regularly collaborates with musicians from different backgrounds including rock, traditional, classical, and her style of playing is very much influenced by these experiences.

manolakisGiorgos Manolakis was born in Heraklion, Crete in 1982. He started practicing the laouto at the age of 8 under the guidance of his father, Kostas Manolakis, who was one of the foremost laouto players of his generation. Six years later he started practicing the bouzouki with many great masters of the instrument.

Today Giorgos is considered to be one of the most important virtuosos of his generation on these two instruments.

martha mavroeidiShe was born in Athens. She graduated from the Music High School of Pallini. She has studied the saz with Periklis Papapetropoulos, Byzantine music with Ioannis Arvanitis, Bulgarian singing with Dessislava Stefanova, Galina Durmushlyiska, and Tzvetanka Varimezova, and vocal technique with Giorgos Samartzis. She studied musicology in Athens, ethnomusicology in London and Los Angeles, and contemporary music in Amsterdam. She has composed music for short and feature films, documentaries, and dance and theater productions.


foto giorgos 1He was born inAthenson 1982. He studied Music since young age at the Attiko Conservatory. Since the age of 15 he participated in a lot of classical orchestras and in many groups with various music styles.

He has been living inCretesince 2000, where he studied sound engineering and started occupy with traditional music.

He attended Turkish and Arabic violin seminars as also and Bulgarian music seminars at the Labyrinth Musical Workshop.