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Michalis Kouloumis

Michalis Kouloumis

Born in a musical family in the island of Cyprus, the violinist Michalis Kouloumis developed a strong musical conception and sensitivity from his early years. Today he is one of the most important world music violinists (specialised in Cyprus Traditional and Eastern Mediterranean Music). Michalis Kouloumis is widely appreciated for his improvisational skills in "taksims" and the use of special techniques, such as diplochordo* and overtones in his playing. He currently lives in the UK. *idiomatic playing which originates from Asia Minor, where the strings are tuned in E5 - E4 - D4 - G3 and the E4 string is moved towards E5, so as to be played simultaneously - as a double string. Education - Masters Degree on Violin Performance in World music from Rotterdam Conservatoire (Codarts). Awarded the "10/10" excellence in performance, prize given by the "Friends of Codarts Foundation". - Greek Traditional Music Degree with "Distinction" from the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, being a student of Yiorgos Marinakis. - Participated in workshops and masterclasses for Ottoman classical music with Kudsi Ergüner, Murat Aydemir, Baki Kemancı, Ömer Erdoğdular and Ross Daly. - Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. ​ Teaching Michalis Kouloumis is a guest professor on violin and modal improvisation in Rotterdam Conservatoire since 2013. He gives workshops and masterclasses around Europe on domains such as: Modal music (Maqam), Violin extended techniques, Modal Improvisation (Taksim), Violin in Middle East, Violin in Greek Traditional Music and Ottoman Classical music. Collaborations He has collaborated and performed with some of the foremost representatives of the World music scene: Nana Mouskouri, Gabriel Yared, Kudsi Ergüner, Sokratis Sinopoulos, Çiğdem Aslan, Keyvan Chemirani, Efren Lopez, Zohar Fresco, Manos Achalinotopoulos, En Chordais, Chronis Aidonides, Karapatakis-Takoushis quartet, Savvas Savva and many others. Michalis Kouloumis has recently released his debut album "SOIL - Πρώτες Ύλες" which comprises of Cyprus traditional music.


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Personal Details

First Name: Michalis
Year of Birth: 1984
Last Name: Kouloumis

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