Born in Corinth in 1995, Dimitris Soukaras is a Greek classical Guitarist, chamber musician and composer currently living in London. He is a Masters student at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in the classes of M.Lewin, S.Goss, D.Russell and F.Zanon. His studies are kindly supported by the Academy of Athens, Royal Academy of Music as well as the Athena Scholarship.
In 2019/20 he is going to enter the Advance Diploma Course in RAM. Through this Course Dimitris is going to collaborate with major Greek Contemporary Music Composers (tba) in order to enhance the Greek Guitar Repertoire. The premiere of these works is going to be in May of 2020 in Royal Academy of Music.
He has received distinctions in 20 international/national competitions. More recently, he won the "David Russell" Guitar Prize (2019) adjudicated by the maestro himself, 1st Prize at Mottola (Italy) International Guitar Competition (2018), he is the winner of The Musicians' Company's prestigious "Ivor Mairants Guitar Award" (2019), he is the winner of the Academy of Athens Music Award/Scholarship (2018), and one of the winners of "Young Artists Platform" (2018) auditions of the International Guitar Foundation U.K.
Dimitris is a Eurostring Artist for 2018/19 which gives him the opportunity of a concert tour in 2019 at 17 European Guitar Festivals participating in the EuroStrings platform. He is a "Yeoman" of the Musicians Company and a Young Artist of IGF. Also, is the Artistic Director of "MuΣa Concert Series" that takes part in Ancient Corinthos (Greece) every summer.
As a soloist, he has performed with Ionio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Athens Mandoline Orchestra. He has been invited to perform in many festivals in Greece and Europe and he recently played a solo recital at the King's Place (London), Musikverein (Wien), Cervantes Theater (London), and Megaron Concert Hall (Athens). He has also recorded for the national Radio ERT as well as “University of Patras Radio”. In July 2019 was released his first CD “From Dawn to Dusk”, published by the “dotGuitar Weblabel”. This Album is a tribute to English music for guitar. Includes works by Dowland, Walton, Britten and one work by Maestro Brouwer as a dedication to his 80th anniversary.
Dimitris completed his Bachelor of Music Degree with the Highest Marks and Honors at the Ionian University Department of Music Studies under the guidance of his teachers C.Cotsiolis and K.Vougiouka. He was privileged to be the first student of the University who completed his studies in three years instead of five (which is the standard attendance period in the Music Department).
He took his first guitar lessons by his father, Nikos Soukaras in the age of 11. In 2011 he continued his studies along with the guitar soloist Yorgos Bechlivanoglou who prepared him for the Guitar Degree and Guitar Diploma at the Conservatory, both achieved with the highest marks and honors. In 2016 he attended Classes with the guitar soloist Antonis Hatzinikolaou and with the piano soloist Anastasios Pappas.
Also, he has attended Master Classes with: L.Brouwer, D.Russell, O. Ghiglia, H. Käppel, R. Dyens, F.Zanon, T. Hoppstock, M. Delpriora, R. Gallen, M. Dylla, M. Tamayo, A. Desiderio, S. Prieto - A.Mouzourakis (Duo Melis), E. Assimakopoulos, M. Socias, L.Eisenhardt, K. Tosidis etc.
Dimitris is also interested in music composition, especially composing music for the Theater. He is cooperating from 2016 with the Theatrical Organization of Hiliomodi at Corinth (Greece) and he has composed music for three theatrical plays: Molière’s “The Miser”, T. Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie" and more recently Euripidis Ancient Tragedy “Trojan Women”.
Dimitris is currently playing on a M.Dammann guitar kindly provided by the Royal Academy of Music and he is using D'Addario Strings