Workshop's Teachers
The teachers that are currently participating in the Workshop's activities

Ross B 1

Many years before what we call “World Music” appeared on the scene, certain individuals had already understood the enormous value and vast variety of the world’s various musical traditions and had dedicated their lives to the study of them.  One such person is Ross Daly.  Although of Irish descent, Ross Daly does not really fit into any particular ethnic stereotype given that his life has been spent in many different parts of the world and his home for the last 35 years is the island of Crete in Greece.


Vangelis Karipis was born in Athens (1971). He studied byzantine music and music theory in the Greek Music School from where he graduated in 1992. At the same period, he started playing frame drums, first as self –taught and then as a student of Tricy Shankaral, Joe Santos, Jammey Haddad, Arto Tuncboyaciayan. Till today he had worked with serveral greek composers and singers (Dionysis Savvopoulos, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Nikos Kypourgos, Orfeas Peridis, Yiorgos Andreou, Socrates Malamas, Christos Tsiamoulis, Alkinoos Ioannidis, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Yiorgos Ntalaras, Domna Samiou, Chronis Aidonidis).

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Pavlos Spyropoulos was born in Athens in 1984. He began studying piano and cello at the Conservatory of Trikala “Tassia Kassiola.” In 2003 he started studying contrabass with Haralambos Himarios (State Conservatory of Thessaloniki).

ZachariasZacharias Spyridakis was born in Athens in 1971 and started Cretan lyra since 1980. In 1983 he started having lessons with the great lyra player Kostas Moundakis and in 1989 receives his degree from the Greek Conservatory of Athens.


Theodora Athanasiou was born in Athens. She holds a degree in Education Studies from the University of Patras. She turned to music at the early age of six, teaching herself the bouzouki the baglama and taking part in school music bands and clubs.


Evgenia Damavoliti –Toli studied and worked on Exercise Physiology, while her big love till today remains traditional dance and singing. She comes from Platanos a village in Kissamos (Chania, Crete) and from Preveza (Epirus). Thanks to her grandfather, Stefanis Andronikakis who was a singer in Kissamos, Evgenia came in contact with the music and dance traditions of Kissamos area since her childhood. Beside her grandfather she met old great singers of Kissamos such as Naftis, M. Kounelis and S. Karefillakis.

DaudSDaud Khan, was born in Kabul/Afghanistan in 1955. He studied Robab (a traditional lute-instrument of Afghanistan) with Ustad Muhammad Umar, who was the most famous Robab-interpret of the classical style as well as the traditional folklore style in his country. The knowledge about building as well as playing the Robab has become rare, and only a few artists still keep the tradition of the classical robab-style which was mainly represented by Ustad Muhammad Umar in Kabul. Daud Khan is trying to preserve this authentic style of his master’s school.

PaximadakisGiannis Paximadakis is one of a small number of Cretan musicians who have worked very seriously on bringing the Bulgari and its repertoire back into use. 

Kourosh2Kourosh Ghazvineh was born in 1982 in Sahneh of Kermanshah in Iran. At a very young age he started learning the Persian santur with Nouzar Rezai. In 1997 he studied the classical Persian Kurdish Makam for Tanbur focusing on the repertoires of Ostad Taheri, Yar Veisi, Seyid Khalil, Seyid Amrolah Shah Ebrahimi, Ali Akbar Moradi.

Petrakis1Stelios Petrakis is a composer, instrumentalist and luthier. He was initiated into the art of the Cretan Lyra at a very early age.