Multiple award winner Dimitris Dekavallas has already won a significant number of prizes in major competitions and has already established himself as one of the most talented guitarists of his age.
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Multiple award winner Dimitris Dekavallas has already established himself as one of the most talented guitarists of his age. Much in demand as a soloist worldwide, Dimitris has been performing since the age of 9.
Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in London, he has given recitals and has toured throughout the UK, USA, Germany, United Arab Emirates, China, Spain, Italy, Romania, Greece, Egypt, Portugal, Japan, Mexico, Chile and others. He has been invited as a soloist and has given master-classes in many International music festivals such as the Abu Dhabi International Music and Arts Festival, North Wales International Music Festival, Ripon International Music Festival, London International Guitar Festival and many others.
Dimitris has appeared as a soloist with the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Orchestra in Germany, the Romanian Philharmonia and with most of UK’s major orchestras. He has given solo recitals in many prestigious concert halls such as the Wigmore Hall, the Wales Millenium Centre, the Southbank Centre. Most recently Dimitris gave a private recital at Lambeth Palace for the Pope Benedict XVI and the Archibishop of Canterbury.
Many composers have dedicated compositions to Dimitris such as Nikita Koshkin (Sonata II), Julian Jacobson (FanTango), Hayley Savage (The cell) and others.
He released his debut recording ‘Music for Oboe and Guitar’ in 2009 with the oboist Marios Argiros (previously Principal Oboe, BBC Philharmonic) and has since recorded a number of pieces for the popular Guitar CD ‘Simply Spanish Moods’. In 2012 he released his third recording for solo guitar ‘Premiere’ which includes two world premieres.
Dimitris was born in Athens and started learning the guitar at the age of five. He won the IKY National competition scholarship, the Royal Academy of Music’s scholarship and the Tebutt Exhibition Award which nenabled him to study at the Royal Academy of music under David Russell, Michael Lewin, John Williams and John Mills. While studying there he won many music awards such as the Phillip and Dorothy Music Award, the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award, the Blyth Watson award and he was supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He has taken part in many international and national festivals and competitions and he is a winner of more than thirteen prizes.
Participating in various master-classes with some of the greatest musicians of today such as John Williams, Julian Bream, David Russell, Fabio Zanon, Pepe Romero, Carlo Domeniconi, Nicholas Maw, Peter Maxwell Davies, has been an important part in his artistic development.
Dimitris is a D’addario artist and plays with a Greg Smallman 2008 guitar. He currently lives in London.