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Duo Goliardi 
Greece

Duo Goliardi

The duo was founded in 2003 from the recorder player Dimitris Kountouras and the accordionist Konstantinos Raptis. With that particular combination of instruments, without any precedent at all, the duo is approaching a wide range of repertoire from the music of Guillaume de Machaut up to contemporary music and from historical 16th century tarantelas to Bach ‘s organ music.

The aim of the duo is on the one hand to express earlier music through a different sound perspective always faithful to the musical text and spirit (obviously with different instrumentation) and on the other hand to provide new repertoire for that combination. The Duo Goliardi has collaborated with important composers of the younger generation and premeried many pieces especially written for it.

Up to now the greek duo has given succesfully concerts in Germany, Austria and Greece claiming positive critics by the press. 

Dimitris Kountouras, recorder

Born in Greece, he studied recorder, traverso, early music theory and practice at the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands (concert diploma 2001) and at the Early Music Institute of the Music Academy of Milan with the "Marco Fodella" scholarship.

Among his teachers were Heiko ter Schegget, Leo Meilink, Wilbert Hazelzet, Kees Boeke and Daniele Bragetti. He founded the early music ensemble Ex Silentio in 2001 and forms a duo with the harpsichordist Chiyoko Sasaki. He is active as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in concerts in many European countries and in Japan and recorded for the german label MDG.

He has taught at the Aristoteles University and gives courses at the Conservatory of Lugano and at the Early Music Days of Vichtelebrg in Germany. He is preparing a doctorate dissertation searching the relations between humanism and music during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Konstantinos Raptis, concert accordion

Born in Greece where he studied accordion, musicology and music theory. With a scholarship of the Onassis Foundation he studied concert accordion (bajan) in Hannover with Elsbeth Moser graduating with a soloist diploma.

He has given concerts as soloist and with chamber music ensembles in many European countries and in Taiwan. He has collaborated with the orchestra of the Berlin opera Unter den Linden, the orchestra Academia Santa Cecilia of Rome, the german Ensemble Modern, the Radio orchestras of Hamburg and Hannover, as well as the Camerata Athens. He has recorded for ECM and for ARKYS. He is a member of the Greek Ensemble for Modern Music and of the Tangos a Quatro. He has gained awards in the accordion competitions of Klingenthal, Castelfidardo, Moers, Baden - Baden and Hannover. He is sharing his time between Hannover and Thessaloniki were he is teaching at the Makedonia University

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