Dimitris Soukaras is a Classical Guitarist based in the UK. He is considered as one of the most awarded and promising Greek guitarists of his generation. He is a Eurostring (2018-19) and D'addario Artist, a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, winner of the IGF's Young Artists Platform and a beneficiary of the Stradivari Trust. He has received 21 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 Corinthos (GR). The purpose of this Concert Series is to promote young artists, new projects, innovative ideas from different genres of music.
As a soloist, he has performed with Ionio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Athens Mandoline Orchestra and has appeared in festivals in Greece and across Europe. He recently performed solo 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”.
He is a PhD candidate at the University of Surrey focusing on “the creative role of the performer through the creation of new works for guitar by non-guitarists composers”. His interest in new music and the process of collaboration led him to start collaborating with major Greek composers, Tsalahouris-Antoniou-Klampanis-Maroulis, in preparation of a new Album (release in 2021), of 21st century Greek music for guitar as part of the Advanced Diploma Course at the Royal Academy of Music. Dimitris’ new Album features the premiere recording of a solo guitar piece, a song cycle and 2 works for guitar and orchestra. Artists such as mezzo soprano, Lotte Betts Dean, conductor Ryan Bair and the Audentia Ensemble, an orchestra of players by the UK’s top conservatives, are part of this project.
He studied with Michael Lewin, Stephen Goss and Timothy Walker at the Royal Academy of Music, where he completed his Master's Degree with Distinction and been awarded the DipRAM (– the highest performance award conferred by the RAM). His studies are supported by Athena Scholarship, Academy of Athens and RAM. He graduated with the Highest Marks & Honors from the Ionian University where he completed the Bachelor of Music under the guidance of Costas Cotsiolis and Korina Vougiouka.