Dimitris Kourzakis and Angelos Botsis living in Athens, Greece, have been working together as a guitar duo since 1994, when they where both postgraduate students at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester/UK. Ever since, they constantly give recitals and premiere original works, as well as their own transcriptions for two guitars, in major halls and festivals and are considered one of the leading guitar duos in Greece. While being dedicated to playing and expanding music for two guitars, they also follow their own distinctive solo careers.
"Technical mastery, unity and synchronisation, polyphonic clarity, innate musicality. Strikingly original repertoire. Notable flexibility in handling contrasting styles..."
EXPRESS, Nov 7, 2009
Classical guitar soloist and teacher (MusMPerf, PGdipPerf - University of Manchester), born in Holland and settled in Athens. After concluding his studies with Costas Grigoreas in Greece, he did his Master’s Degree at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Gordon Crosskey and John Williams (visiting tutor), as a Lilian Voudouri Foundation scholar.
Today, he is an active recitalist having performed in major concert halls and international guitar festivals. Appearances as a soloist with orchestras include “Athens Sinfonietta” and “Athens Chamber Opera Orchestra”. His performances have been broadcast live nationwide by NET TV and the Third Program of the Greek Radio.
He has recorded works by leading Greek composer Michail Travlos for CD released by e-magazine for the classical guitar “tar.gr” and has arranged numerous works - mainly orchestral - for two guitars. His transcription "Varii Capricci for two guitars" is now part of William Walton's official catalogue of works (Stewart R. Craggs, William Walton: A Catalogue, OUP, 2015).
Since 2015, he is the artistic director of the renowned “Veria International Guitar Festival” (VIGF) of the city of Veria/Greece, featuring, among other events a, unique in Greece, Guitar Concerto Competition final round with symphony orchestra. He founded and directed for a decade the “Mini Guitar Festival”, one of the leading festivals in Greece, with particular emphasis on the development of young guitar students. Currently, along with VIGF, he runs the classical guitar activities of the Sifnos island music festival “MuSifanto”.
Director of Neoklassiko Conservatory and Klassiko Conservatory in Athens.
Angelos Botsis has been awarded prizes in national and international guitar competitions (Patras, Volos, Mottolla, Aschaffenburg), which led to invitations to give recitals and master classes at the most important guitar festivals and concert series in Greece (Volos, Naxos, Veria, Hermoupolis, Karditsa, Nafplion, Heraklion).
An important part of his activity focuses on chamber music. He has performed with numerous ensembles and chamber musicians, premiering works by Greek contemporary composers Michalis Lapidakis, Theo Abazis, Nikos Xanthoulis and Dinos Konstandinides, and has recorded works for flute and guitar by leading Greek composer Michail Travlos with flutist Iwona Glinka for CD released by “Sarton Records”. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with major Greek orchestras “City of Athens Symphony Orchestra”, “Orchestra of Colours” and “Greek National Opera Orchestra”.
Angelos studied guitar with Costas Grigoreas and Costas Cotsiolis in Athens, and with Gordon Crosskey and John Williams (visiting tutor) at Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance of the University of Manchester. He also studied Harmony and Counterpoint with renowned Greek composer Michail Travlos.
Today, he has an active award winning guitar class at Neoklassiko Conservatory in Athens.