Konstantinos Tsahouridis, Mikis Theodorakis feat. Matthaios Tsahouridis

Ksimeroni (Live)

2020

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Konstantinos Tsahouridis was born in Veria, Greece. Growing up in an environment of a splendid and fertile musical tradition, soon, already at the age of 8 he had made his mark as perceptive performer and sensitive interpreter. His musicianship has been widely praised in Greece and in 1996 he won the first prize in a Pan-Hellenic Music Competition, organized by the Greek Ministry of Education at the Athens Concert Hall. In 1998, the Diocese of Veria awarded Konstantinos a scholarship in order to continue further his music studies in London. He has both successfully finished the BA in Music Studies and the MMus in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths University of London. In 2003 the ‘Michael Marks Charitable Trust’ has granted him a 3-years scholarship for his Doctoral research in the field of Performance Practice; his PhD thesis is the first worldwide referring to the Greek folk vocal styles and techniques within their cultural context. He has studied with Diana Stuart, Jeffery Talbot (vocal tutors) and Norman Beedie (conductor); he has participated in various concerts, festivals, musicals, masterclasses, TV and Radio productions, BBC recordings, ceremonies at various venues such as: South Bank Centre of London, Theatre of Herodus Atticus, Athens Concert Hall, St. Pancras Cathedral, and others.
Konstantinos has performed works by Handel, Rutter, Tavener, Verdi, Schubert, and also the especially committed musical piece “Lament for Constantinople” by Sir John Tavener. In 2004 he started his collaboration with the Greek composer Dimitri (Mimis) Plessas in a TV series by NET called Niovi’s Children producing two soundtracks (by SONY Greece). Three world premieres of the same composer follow: Kosmas o Aitolos (2005), St. Paul (2006), and the music monography Holy Memories (2007); the first two were arranged, performed, produced and conceived by Konstantinos. His contribution to the music he loves and serves has been also awarded in 2005 by the Hellenic Foundation in London (Athens Academy) with its annual Arts Award as “The most promising young Greek musician working in United Kingdom”. In 2006 he has been given the role of Soloist and Artistic Director at the official opening ceremony of the 21st International Congress of London (Patron: HRH Prince Charles and President: Lady Marina Marks). Since 2012, Konstantinos conceives, produces and is the main soloist of the musical entity “Body & Soul”, a performance that goes beyond borders, a musical concert that has achieved many sold out concerts around the globe such as Australia, Canada, Russia, Iraq, Sweden, Germany, England, Cyprus, Norway, etc. Konstantinos is currently a lecturer at the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. Successfully, he has recently finished his post-doctoral research on the institunalization of oral/aural traditions in Greece.

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