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Smaro Gregoriadou: Bio

"Γένοι' οίος εσσί"..."Become who you are" -  Orphic epigram 

...Gregoriadou ia a virtuoso guitarist, scholar, and she is a stand out who will no doubt excite audiences, while carving her own niche within the classical guitar world. Incredibly fluent technique, refined tone, deep understanding of the style...
Brad Conroy, GUITAR INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

Greek guitar soloist and composer Smaro Gregoriadou attempts a redefinition of the classical guitar's sound and technique through the "Reinventing guitar!" project that she introduced in 2009, based on Kertsopoulos Aesthetics platform of inventions. Her innovative artistic and pedagogical approach has generated enthusiastic response worldwide. As the eminent American critic Mr. Raymond Tuttle put it: "In her own way, Gregoriadou evokes musicians such as Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, and Wanda Landowska in her willingness-her need, really-to find a new way to express herself and to reanimate the music, without letting innovation become an end in itself" (Fanfare, Nov/Dec 2012.)
 

Smaro Gregoriadou has studied with distinguished specialists of our time, including pianist-conductor George Hadjinikos, guitarists George Kertsopoulos, Jesus Castro-Balbi, Paul Galbraith and Roberto Aussel; also composers George Sioras, Theodore Antoniou and Dinos Konstandinidis. She has been awarded a Senior Exhibitioner Scholarship to continue her postgraduate classical guitar studies with Carlos Bonnel at the Royal College of Music, London.

She won numerous international music awards both for composition and solo guitar interpretation, the latest being the Gina Bachauer Soloist Prize 2013. She appeared as soloist in Europe, Russia, Canada, the USA, Australia, and China – and collaborated with major orchestras and chamber music groups in Greece and abroad. Her compositions have been premiered and commissioned by important artistic institutions and ensembles worldwide, including ALEA III, Ensemble Octandre, Helsinki Chamber Ensemble, the Open Source Guitars, Biennale Rome, the Trossingen University of Music, the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, and many others.

Today she devotes her time mainly to solo guitar performance, music composition and teaching – as well as conducting solo and ensemble classical guitar workshops and multi-disciplinary artistic projects titled "Inclusive Interpretation and Functional Technique". She is a founding member of CHORIAMBOS Theatre Company, a creative platform for research into and presentation of the ancient Greek drama's musical form, essence and identity, and member of the Greek Composers Union.

Her three highly acclaimed CD albums, Smaro Gregoriadou: "Reinventing guitar, Volumes I and II" (DE 3398, DE3419) and "El Aleph" (DE3490) were released by the American label DELOS. Her recent album "SEQUENCES" (AN ART RECORDS AAAR006 - June 2019) consists of original compositions for solo guitar by Nikos Athanassakis in first world presentation.

Her composition "Balkan Dances for solo guitar" was published in 2011 by BRANDON MUSIC Ltd.

1 Elxis Suite / i. Andante Allargando (2:11)  
2 ii. Larghetto Romantico (1:11)  
3 iii. Presto (1:04)  
4 iv. Lento (1:00)  
5 v. Allegro (1:19)  
6 Guitar Sonata No. 1 / i. Andante Con Spirito (4:22)  
7 ii. Larghetto Espressivo (3:19)  
8 iii. Allegro Assai (3:25)  
9 3 Nocturnes / i. Nocturne no. 1 (1:09)  
10 ii. Nocturne no. 2 (1:11)  
11 iii. Nocturne no. 3 (1:48)  
12 E.I.R.I.N.I. Suite / i. ?E? ? Etude (1:23)  
13 ii. ?I? ? Tremolo (3:18)  
14 iii. ?R? ? Waltz (2:03)  
15 iv. ?I? ? Tango (2:12)  
16 v. ?N? ? Ballad (2:01)  
17 vi. ?I? ? Salsa (4:05)  
18 Greek Dances Suite / i. Kalamatianos (3:54)  
19 ii. Tsamikos (2:51)  
20 iii. Ballos (2:56)  
Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata BWV 914

What would ever be more important and honoring for a composer than to have his works interpreted and recorded by Smaro Gregoriadou, an extraordinary world-class soloist of classic guitar. A suite in five movements, "Elxis", meaning magnetism in Greek, reflects a "…very individual…" harmony work, as commented in Classical Guitar Magazine, summer 2015. The other works are also created in the same spirit. That is, having a need for special works and for a personal style to be expressed. A suite of Greek dances, dedicated to Smaro. A sonata in three parts, a suite of nocturnes and the suite "Ειρήνη" (Eirini) for the woman of my life. A musical idiom for every single letter of her name. An etude, a tremolo, a waltz, a tango, a ballad, and a salsa, written with gratitude. I dedicate this album to my muse Eirini Polydorou, to my teacher Giorgos Bisbikopoulos and , of course, to Smaro Gregoriadou. I bow to her talent, artistry, skill, sensitivity and musical perception. I'm Grateful!

Nikos Athanassakis is a classical guitarist, composer and songwriter. He holds a classical guitar diploma and diplomas in Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and Composition, awarded by Giorgos Bisbikopoulos. He has composed chamber, solo, theatre and film music. Published by the companies NAXOS Records, Phasma Music, AN ART ARTISTRY RECORDS, Ammos Music, Foka +Negra Music and Les Productions D' Oz.

Crossover Media Projects with: Smaro Gregoriadou