Evangelos Boudounis was born in Athens, has studied guitar in National Conservatoire of Athens under scholarship and graduated from Dimitris Famba's class with an "exceptional performance" award. Among his teachers were Hose Tomas, Alexander Lagoya and Alirio Diaz. Furthermore, he had the opportunity to meet Andres Segovia and to continue his guitar studies under the guidance of the grand master in Granada and in Madrid. But it wasn't till 1975 that Evangelos Boudounis met not only his greatest teacher but also a dear friend, Manos Hadjidakis. He has been awarded first prizes in numerous guitar contests all over the world such as the "Andres Segovia" contest of Santiago de Compostella Academy (Spain), the National guitar contest of Vivaldi Academy (Milan, Italy), the Viotti National contest of Vercelli winning the "Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco" prize. His concerting and reciting activities include appearances in most European countries -France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Turkey, Cyprus, in former USSR as well as in Canada and in the USA.
1988 was the beginning of the Maro Razi - Evangelos Boudounis guitar duet. Till now, they have appeared in numerous festivals (Athens, Patras, Constantinople etc.), they have appeared as soloists with Camerata-orchestra of music-friends, Colour Orchestra and Patras Orchestra (among others).
Maro Razi and Evangelos Boudounis have recorded 9 CDs together. The first, which was released by the recording label “Sirios” and was entitled “Recital for Two”, contained works by Sor, Granados, Piazzolla and de Falla. The second CD, released by “LYRA” was called “LET IT BEatles” and contained a suite of the same name by Evangelos Boudounis, based on the most popular songs of the unforgettable band. “LYRA” also released “A Song for Manos”, 2 CDs containing the most important songs of Manos Hadjidakis from the theatre and the cinema arranged by Evangelos Boudounis. Also, the following recording labels have released CDs: EROS released “100 Guitars at the Herodion”, Legend released “Libertango”, “Evangelos Boudounis – Maro Razi” 100 Guitars – Historia de un Amor’, Irida released ‘Say it with a Guitar No. 2”, and “200 Guitars live at the Athens Concert Hall” was released by FM Records.
Evangelos Boudounis has worked on perfecting the guitar's sound quality and on improving the guitarist's playing technique. He has written nine book series on the guitar technique which has been published by Papagrigoriou-Nakas editions. This series deals with important technical matters (scales, arpeggios, ligatures) as well as with more specialized technique-wise issues (Horizontal and vertical exercises, stretching, apoyado-tirado exercises and more. He was especially concerned with the position and movement of the left arm on the fret-board reconsidering many taboos that still exist in fingering. Transcriptions, fingerings and editing were made over a massive amount of guitar repertoire starting from the early classes to reach the late ones (Recital 1-10, Papagrigoriou-Nakas editions). In 1999 a guitar method for beginners was published -the "debut"- as well as all of Bach's lute works transcripted for the guitar (Papagrigoriou-Nakas editions).
For years, he has been a composer thus enriching the guitar's repertoire with works for one or two guitars while having composed three concert-style suites for two guitars and orchestra (LET IT BEatles, On the Rocks, A song for Manos) which have already been presented in Athens Music Hall (Megaron) and in Lycabetus with various orchestras (Camerata-music-friends Orchestra, Patras orchestra). Since 1996, he has been a member of the Greek Musician's Union.
Many important guitarists have graduated from his school and among them are some who have an international career. Since 1998 he has the responsibility of the Classical Guitar in the National Conservatoire of Athens.
In 1984 he founded the "Guitarists", a first appearing orchestra in Greece and one of the few existing in Europe which consists of graduated students. He currently conducts this orchestra.
A combination of his artistic and teaching activities are the Guitar festivals of Rethymno (1984), Ioannina (1988) and Patras (1994) of which he has been inspirer and creator. He has also been the main teacher of the seminars curricular of these specific festivals.
MEROPI KOLLAROU-PIANO GREECE
MEROPI KOLLAROU was born in Alexandroupolis.She studied at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki(class of G. Thimis) and received her diploma with aspecial award distinction. She studied in Belgium withRosa Sabater (Spanish music) and Noel Lee (American contemporary music) with scholarship by the international organization Music Youth. She studied for five years with Ferenc Rados, Annie Fischer (piano), Cyorgy Kurtag (chamber music) in the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Budapest with scholarship by the Hungarian government. She has participated in international piano seminars with Maria Cursio, Cyorgy Cebok, Tomas Vasary, Dimitri Baskiroff, etc. She has collaborated with Hungarian, Finnish and Austrian symphonic orchestras and in Greece with the State Orchestras of both Athens and Thessaloniki, the Symphonic Orchestra of Greek Radio and the Orchestra of Colors. She performed recitals and chamber music concerts in Greece, Belgium, Finland, Austria, Hungary and Bulgaria and has recorded accordingly for radio and television networks. She has performed works of B. Britten, A. Copland, K. Nikitas, K. Sfetsas, G. Sisilianos, in avant premieres in Greece with conductors such as A. Paridis, L. Chalkiadakis,S. Xarhakos, M. Chatzidakis. She has collaborated with the National Theatre of Northern Greece in the music theatrical productions «The Threepenny Opera» and «Maroula’s Luck». She has taught piano in the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and in the Ferenc Liszt Academy, as well as in summer piano and chamber music seminars in Finland. Currently, she teaches piano in the F. Nakas Conservatory (Athens) and is the artistic director of the Municipal Conservatory of Alexandroupolis.
Seniz Duru was born in Zile, Turkey. She took her BM degree from
Dokuz Eylul University Izmir State Conservatoire where she studied Piano with Secil AKDIL. During her education she has attended masterclasses of Huseyin SERMET, Ufuk-Bahar DORDUNCU, Zohrab ADIGUZELZADE, Martin BERKOFSKY, Giovannı BATTEL, Kendall FEENEY and Edna GOLANDSKY. She studied with Nilgun ALKAN, Gulser ERYUMLU and Chamber Music with Atilla ISIKSUN at D. E.U. State Conservatoire and got her MM and DMA degrees. She has given many solo recitals, duo and chamber music concerts in the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Italy and Turkey. She has given many chamber concerts with her piano trio “Aegean Trio” and played world premiere some Turkish contemporary compositions. During 2002-2013 she has worked as Deputy Director of D.E.U. Fine Arts Institute. She has attended Historical Performance and the Harpsichord courses with Peter SEYMOUR and Catherine HOLLINGWORTH at Music Department University of York as a visiting scholar in 2012. In 2014 he has attended “Summer Symposium” held by Golandsky Institute on “Taubman Approach” in Princeton University.
Besides concerts, she currently works as a piano professor and director at Dokuz Eylul University State Conservatoire .