Gkouventas Kiriakos

Gkouventas Kiriakos

Born: 1966
Web site: gouventas.com
From: Greece, Thessaloniki


Kyriakos Gouventas was born in Thessaloniki in 1966. Having studied violin at the State Conservatory he then worked with the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki and in various chamber music ensembles.

At the same time he was active in the area of Greek music (dimotiko, rebetiko, smyrnaiko, etc) and

more recently decided to turn his attentions entirely to traditional music. He is a member of the

Ensemble of Traditional Music of the municipality of Thessaloniki. He has participated in some

100 recordings/CDs of traditional Greek music and modern “entechno” (“art”) music. He frequently

collaborates with the most acknowledged traditional Greek dance groups, such as the "Lykeion Ellinidon", and plays in regional traditional festivals all over Greece. He is a founding-member of the group Primavera en Salonico, the group which since 1996 has played with the well-known Greek singer Savina Yannatou all over the world. He also is very much in demand as a violinist among the best of Greek singers and musicians, for concerts, recordings and world tours.last year seminars in weimar ,granada,london (soas), ydra rebetiko conference .he teaches in thesaloniki at makedonia university of popular musik department and in athens at odeon athinon.

Kyriakos will perform with Andreas Tsekouras, an Athens-based musical polymath and instrumentalist who has been the guiding light for many major representations of Greek musical culture.

He was one of the organisers of the Millennium Concerts in Athens, researching and presenting

a musical overview which stretched from ancient Anatolia to the present day. He features as an

accordion player in the soundtracks of several films, and has recorded on CDs including

“Ulysses' Gaze” and “The Suspended Step of the Stork”.