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Dimitriadis Dimos

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Saxophonist, educator

“Saxophonist, educator and Fulbright Artist/Scholar Dimos Dimitriadis has been regarded as a “powerful, dynamic and unpredictable contemporary jazz saxophonist with a great sound” by “NEA Jazz Masters Award” recipient saxophonist Dave Liebman

Dimos Dimitriadis earned his Bachelor of Music in Performance with honors (Cum Laude) at Berklee College of Music in the U.S. studying jazz saxophone, flute and composition. He later earned a Master of Arts in Music at Bennington College focusing on contemporary composition and fusions of jazz with different musical traditions including that of Greece and the Balkans. 

During his 7-year stay in the US he built his musical skills working with the legendary educator Joe Viola, and the powerful instrumentalists George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, and Hal Crook. He has shaped his personal vision for jazz during his subsequent extensive trips to Italy, France and Scandinavia, drawing inspiration from the diverse European cultures and the groundbreaking work of his mentor, the great soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, as well as pianist Mal Waldron and trumpeter Bill Dixon.

His international training and strong performance skills, have brought him to record and perform next to some of the leading jazz musicians in the world (such as US artists Tim Hagans, Adam Nussbaum, Chico Freeman, Ron McClure, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Keith Copeland, Armen Donelian, JD Walter, Jonathan Kreisberg, Andy Middleton, Rick Peckam, Chico Freeman, Ricky Ford and Ran Blake and European musicians of different musical orientations such as: Christy Doran, Erik Ineke, Francois Theberge, Ronan Guilfoyle, Bruno Tommaso, Charlie Miklin, Theodosii Spassov, Stephane Galland, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Gianni Lenoci, Günter Sommer, Jarmo Savolainen, Jukkis Uottila)

From the USA to Brazil, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Portugal, Poland and Greece Dimos Dimitriadis is a well traveled musician with multi-language skills and a firm grasp of the world’s music scene.

Dimitriadis is regarded as a key figure in musical education in Greece. He is the founder of the unique and highly successful Jazz Studies Program at the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece where he holds the position of Associate Professor of Saxophone and Head of Jazz Studies, the first academic position given to a jazz musician in this country.

As an educator with international recognition he has been invited to teach jazz seminars at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, the Sibelius Academy Jazz Department in Finland, the Vienna Conservatory and Graz University for the Arts in Austria, the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts in Ohio, the University of Nicosia and the European University in Cyprus et al

In 2013 Dimitriadis was re-elected secretary of the Daily Board of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) a position he has held since 2003. He has been since monitoring and organizing jazz education meetings and conferences in collaboration with major educational institutions in Europe and the US.

As the Artistic Director of the Summer Jazz Academy and the Ionian Jazz Concerts in Corfu and member of the Advisory Board of the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, he has organized literally hundreds of concerts and seminars by international artists. In 2010 he organized the 2nd IASJ Jazz Education Conference in Corfu, Greece with participants from 14 countries and Gunther Schuller as the honored guest speaker.

In 2007 he received a Fulbright Artist/Scholar grant to work as an artist in residence at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. In 2013 he was selected by Japan’s Inamori Foundation as nominator for the Kyoto Prize in music.”

Last modified on Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:53

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