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FAMPAS DIMITRIS


 

Dimitris Fampas has been Greece's most celebrated classical guitarist. His artistry reached far beyond the borders of his country and for over thirty-five years he has been considered one of the world's leading performers.

Dimitris Fampas, (December 22nd, 1921-May 3rd, 1996) was born in Milina of Lafkos, a small village on Pilion mountain near the harbor city of Volos.  As a child he used to play songs and traditional music with a lute and to learn the mandolin. He was very talented and his father, Evangelos, a sea captain, bought him a guitar and took the decision to send the young Dimitris for serious musical studies in Athens. He studied theory with Th.Vavayiannis and counterpoint with K.Kydoniatis at the Athens Conservatory. He studied classical guitar with Nicholas Ioannou, and in 1953, he received a diploma in classical guitar performance 'Com laude' from the National Conservatory of Greece.

In 1955 and 1956 he received a scholarship from the Italian goverment to study guitar with Andres Segovia and musicology with Emilio Pujol at the Academia Chigianna in Sienna. In 1959 he studied once more with Segovia at the Academy of Santiago, Spain, receiving a scholarship by Segovia himself.

In 1957 he married to Evgenia Gyftopoulou and they had two children, Evangelo and Eva.

Fampas' international performing career spanned almost four decades. He performed hundreds of personal recitals worldwide. He performed live recitals for the Radio and the TV in Greece, Spain etc. He performed extensivelly in England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yogoslavia, Turkey, USA, Canada, USSR and Vatican. He also appeared in most major cities of Greece as well as in the Ancient Theater of Epidavros. He performed some wonderful guitar concertos such as the L.Boccherini-Cassado concerto and the "Para Tres Hermanas" guitar concerto by Pizzini. A highly acclaimed artist he received the warmest applause from the audiences and ovations by the press who wrote for him "Dazzling guitar from Greece" (Abedzeitung, Germany 1968), "Greek guitarist - formidable style" (the Ottawa Journal -Canada 1971), "Greek guitarist's show traces history on the guitar" (Ottawa citizen -1971), "Dimitris Fampas, a great Greek guitarist" (La voz de Galicia-Spain), "Guitarist shows great sensitivity" (Independent Journal-California 1971).

Besides the many personal recordings he offered us through the years, Dimitri Fampas recorded some fine theater and film music by Greek composers such as Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis, Argiris Kounadis and Stavros Xarhakos. For more than a decade through the 60's Fampas collaborated as a soloist to all the theatrical and film music productions of those famous greek composers, being the first classical guitarist to perform on stage and to record this music, contributing to the excellent quality of this music offering to the guitar a large popularity.


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