Apostolos ParaskevasClassical Guitarist and Composer

    Apostolos Paraskevas is a classical guitarist and composer as well as an award-winning film
    director and producer. He has received multiple international awards for his compositions
    and was nominated for a Grammy Award. He is the only guitarist ever to have a major
    orchestral piece performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Lukas Foss––and the only
    musician who has performed there in a Grim Reaper outfit. He has made over a dozen
    recordings of his music and his orchestral music has been performed around the world by
    numerous symphony orchestras including Albany, Boston Landmarks, Boston University,
    Newton, National Festival, Atlantic, Odessa, National Greek, Cyprus, Florida International
    University, Thessaloniki Municipal Symphony orchestras and tonight with the Boston Civic
    Orchestra. He was the founder and served for 16 years as the artistic director of the
    International Guitar Congress-Festival of Corfu, Greece. He is a voting member of the
    Recording Academy (Grammys).

    After his undergraduate music studies in Volos he pursued advanced studies in classical
    guitar with Costas Cotsiolis (diploma, 1990) and Leo Brouwer (Havana 1984, 1988), as well
    as postgraduate studies in composition with Lukas Foss and Theodore Antoniou (DMA in
    composition, Boston University, 1998). Paraskevas embarked on a successful career as a
    guitar soloist and contemporary composer, achieving distinctions in both disciplines:
    Grammy nomination for Chase Dance (Bridge Records, 1999); first prize for Night
    Wanderings (Lukas Foss Composition Competition, 2000); first prize for Phygein Adynaton
    (National Composers Conference, 1997); and numerous prestigious commissions,
    performances, and publications. Following teaching posts at Northeastern and Boston
    Universities, Paraskevas has taught since 2001 at the Berklee College of Music in Boston
    (professor of composition and classical guitar). Although he was struck by focal hand
    dystonia in 2009, he recovered in 2013 after reconstructing his playing technique.

    His eclectic compositional style arises as an idiosyncratic integration of seemingly
    conflicting influences – from avant-garde approaches to harmonic structure, form, and
    timbre, to pop-folk modal and rhythmical concepts – amalgamated into a personal evocative
    musical language, characterized by rhythmic verve, melodic grace, dramatic (and sometimes
    unexpectedly humorous) gestures, and ritualistic or theatrical elements. The latter feature
    has also led Paraskevas to the creation of films, notably the acclaimed I Finally Did It (Gold
    award, California Film Awards 2010), dealing wittily with Death, a recurring extra-musical
    theme in his music.

    Publishers: Hal Leonard (USA), Bèrben (Ancona, Italy), Schott (Germany), Papagrigoriou-
    Nakas (Athens, Greece), Silver Sickle Productions (USA), Centaur Records, Bridge Records
    The Groves Dictionary of Music
    Costas Tsougras

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