Workshop's Teachers
The teachers that are currently participating in the Workshop's activities

Veka 19Veka Aler, a singer, and a vocal teacher. She was born in 1980 in İstanbul. Her family is originally from Erzincan where is one of the considered areas of Anatolian culture. She started to learn traditional culture and music in the family naturally. Throughout her life, she interested in different cultures and their kinds of music whereas the languages. Especially Eastern cultures mean a world for her. There is a very common soul and she couldn’t separate these cultures from each other and feels belong to all of them at the same time completely.


Murat Aydemir is one of Turkey's finest tanbur players. He has successfully managed to integrate all of the knowledge and experience of the older generation of master tanbur players together with new techniques and ideas in a particularly harmonious and tasteful style.

ManwlakisGiorgos 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. 

Martha3Martha Mavroidi is a singer, musician, and a composer from Greece. She has been singing and playing folk lutes from her childhood, performing music from Greece and the Balkans.

ΜάνοςManos Achalinotopoulos, considered by critics, composers and musicologists as the best clarinet performer of the new generation in Greece. He has traveled playing clarinet, cawal, shawm and flutes in more than 20 countries all over the world, while participating in concerts and Festivals of great prestige. What makes him so special is the mixing of the traditional style of playing the clarinet and its special idioms with Jazz, Balkan Ethnic style and influences of the western music.

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Taxiarchis Georgoulis was born in Kalamata in 1993. Dealing with music began at the age of eight, with the bouzouki.

Some years later addressed the mainland lute under the guidance of Eliah Kappakou and later by Christos Zotos, playing at festivals and concerts throughout Greece.



kelly newKelly Thoma was born in Piraeus in 1978. Since 1995, she has been studying the lyra with Ross Daly and three years later started travelling with him and his group, “Labyrinth”, participating in concerts in Europe, Asia, Australia and the U.S. She has taken part in many projects with musicians from various different traditions from other countries.


Christos Barbas, multi_instrumentalist and composer is one of the most multifaceted and creative musicians coming from Greece. From an early age he studied the recorder, baroque music, harmony and counterpoint, finishing his studies of Western music in 2002. He studied musicology and ethnomusicology (Mmus) in the Department of Music at the University of Aristotelio (Thessaloniki) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (London). Since 2003 he focuses on the study of Ney, Sufi and classical Ottoman music with outstanding performers in Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey. At the same time he studies and plays several instruments of different musical cultures (kaval, piano, bansuri, irish whistles etc.)

Hooshan FAHooshang Farahani was born (1967) in Farahan (the central province of Iran). He is a graduate of Psychology, Educational science, and Ethnomusicology (Art University of Tehran). He has started learning Tar and Setar at a young age and later has continued with the music composition.

senih 2Senih Ündeğer, is a unique violinist with a wide range of experience in various musical idioms. He was initially trained in the Turkish classical system at the Istanbul Conservatory after which he then worked with some of the foremost artists of contemporary Turkish music.

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