2021 marks the release of Dimitris Soukaras’s new album "ROOTS" for NAXOS international records. The music in the program covers a spectrum of genres that have flourished in Greece in recent years, from Jazz to contemporary avant-garde. In making this recording he took the opportunity to invite some of Greece's leading composers (Antoniou, Tsalahouris, Klampanis, Maroulis) to write for his instrument for the first time. All works are world premiere recordings.
Dimitris Soukaras is a Classical Guitarist based in London. He is considered one of the most awarded and promising Greek musicians of his generation. He was the first student of the Ionian Univerity (Music Department) that completed his studies in three years instead of five. He was awarded the DipRAM the highest award confirmed by the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied with full scholarship the Advanced Diploma and the Master of Arts. Also, his studies have been supported by the Academy of Athens and the Athena Scholarship. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Surrey.
Dimitris is a beneficiary of 20 international awards, he 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. 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. As a soloist, he has performed with the Audentia Ensemble, Filarmonia Orchestra Campana, City of Patras String Orchestra, Ionio Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Athens Mandoline Orchestra. 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 and the BBC Radio 3.
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.