“…As a composer, Grigoreas is characterized by perfect balance and a combination of vision and ingenuity… As a soloist, he held us spellbound with the nobility of sound, the plasticity of phrasing and rhythm, and a wealth of fine shades of expression…” George Leotsakos, Express
Kostas Grigoréas (Gree-go-ré-as), an eminent member of the Greek guitar fraternity, holds a special place in the field of Greek music as a classical guitar soloist with a brilliant career spanning over thirty years, as well as a collaborator of important Greek composers and singers in concerts and recordings.
A composer ‘of rich vision’ (according to top music critic George Leotsakos), he has contributed a substantial oeuvre to the repertoire of Greek instrumental music.
As a teacher, following the great tradition of Greek guitar virtuosi, he has created a school of distinguished musicians.
(2021) «KOSTAS GRIGOREAS PLAYS MANOS HADJIDAKIS»
Guitar arrangements by Tassos Karakatsanis (18 works) & Kostas Grigoreas (3 works)
“Kostas Grigoreas is one of the most gifted Greek guitarists of our time: modern in his conception of the guitar and deeply cultivated musically. The way he plays my music from the Notebook, in Tassos Karakatsanis’ inspired transcription, is fascinating, spontaneous and appealing at the same time. I love to listen to him playing my songs. And this is not something that happens to me often. For this reason I strongly recommend that you listen to him carefully. Along with my music, you will enjoy an exquisite guitar sound.”
Manos Hadjidakis (‘The Guitar Notebook’)
(2016) KOSTAS GRIGOREAS: RECORDING GUITARIST
A collection of solo guitar works by HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS, MANUEL PONCE, ABEL CARLEVARO, MICHALIS TRAVLOS, NIKOS SKALKOTTAS, LENA PLATONOS, KYRIAKOS TZORTZINAKIS and KOSTAS GRIGOREAS.
‘…Great, Kostas! I enjoyed every single note of your playing.
Great spirit, phrasing… BRAVO!’
Oscar Ghiglia, soloist, professor
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“SOUNDTRACKS FOR IDEAL MOVIES”
14 distinguished soloists perform chamber music by K. Grigoreas
“…Inspired, imaginative works, images with colour, with light. Refined, ingenious, poetic sounds…”
Evang. Assimakopoulos, TaR
“…Both as a guitarist and a composer, Kostas Grigoreas is one of the most serious figures in the field of classical guitar…”
Hubert Kappel, soloist
“… Kostas Grigoreas’ music transports me to another world through idioms formed out of knowledge and sensibility…”
Notis Mavroudis, Athens 984
“…Kostas Grigoreas’ music has a distinctive voice of its own…” Carlos Bonell, soloist
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“…His experience as a top guitarist leads things further to the adventure of total communication. To “his” music, the composer can express the soul of the guitarist himself. He finds ways to penetrate the emotion and trigger the body of the listener…”
Effie Agrafioti, soloist, TaR magazine
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Kostas Grigoreas, together with Notis Mavroudis publishes the online musical magazine
[ TaR – mostly on the guitar ]