Dimitris Soukaras is a Classical Guitarist based in the UK. He is considered one of the most awarded and promising Greek guitarists of his generation. He is extremely interested to expand the guitar’s repertoire by inviting a range of leading non-guitarists composers from around the world to compose for his instrument. Through his imaginative programs, featuring new music and arrangements, as well as through his chamber music collaborations, he tries to redefine the relationship between classical guitar and the audience. His interest in new music and the process of collaboration started from a very young age and recently led him to create a project featuring some of Greece’s most high-profile composers' works that were dedicated to him.
Dimitris is a D'addario Artist, a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, a beneficiary of the Stradivari Trust, winner of the IGF's Young Artists Platform, and a Eurostring Artist 2018/19. He has received 20 prizes in international and national competitions, most recently he won the "David Russell" Guitar Prize adjudicated by the maestro himself, Mottola International Guitar Competition, "Ivor Mairants Guitar Award", Academy of Athens Music Award. Since 2019, he is the Founder and the Artistic Director of MUΣA Concert Series which is a Music Festival happening during August in Ancient Corinthos (GR).
As a soloist, he has performed with Ionio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Athens Mandoline Orchestra and the Audentia Ensemble. He has appeared in festivals in Greece and across Europe. He has performed solo recitals at the King's Place (London), Musikverein (Wien), Cervantes Theater (London), and Megaron Concert Hall (Athens) and has recorded for the national Greek Radio. In July 2019 was released his first CD “From Dawn to Dusk” by DotGuitar.
He is a PhD candidate at the University of Surrey, focusing on “the role of the performer through the creation of new works by non-guitarist composers”. Dimitris studied with Michael Lewin, Stephen Goss, and Timothy Walker at the Royal Academy of Music, where he completed the Advanced Diploma and the Master of Arts with Distinction and been awarded the DipRAM (the highest award confirmed by RAM) as well as the LRAM course (license of teaching). Also, he took classes with RAM's visiting professors, David Russell and Fabio Zanon. His studies have been supported by the Athena Scholarship, Academy of Athens, and RAM. He graduated with the Highest Marks & Honors the Bachelor of Music at the Ionian University under the guidance of his teacher Costas Cotsiolis and Korina Vougiouka. He was the first student of the University that completed his studies in three years instead of five, which is the standard attendance period. Earlier in his student life, he was taught by a number of great musicians and pedagogies such as Antonis Hatzinikolaou, Anastasios Pappas, Yorgos Bechlivanoglou, his father, Nikos Soukaras, and Michalis Brouzos.
As a beneficiary of the Stradivari Trust, he is playing on a 2020 Carsten Kobs guitar.