Vasilios Avraam - Classical Guitarist
Vasilios Avraam was born in Nicosia (Cyprus), where at an early age he started to take guitar lessons at the music schools. At the age of 18 he took the 8th grade from Royal School and Trinity School with merit.
In 1994 he went to do his further studies in Hungary and he decided to devote himself to guitar. In 1995 he was admitted as the best candidate to Ferenc Liszt Conservatory in Debrecen (Hungary), where he studied under the supervision of István Adrovicz and in 1999 he got the Bachelor Degree with Highest Honours. In 1999 he continued his studies at the National Conservatoire of Region in Strasbourg (France) under the supervision of Pablo Márquez and in 2001 he got his excellent Master Degree with the congratulation of jury. From 2004 to 2007 he was a student at the Academy of Music in Bratislava (Slovakia) where he got Musical Doctoral Degree (Artis Doctor) in the study programme of the classical guitar under the supervision of Jozef Zsapka. The title of his dissertation is “Importance of Soloist Andrés Segovia for Evolution of Guitar Performance in Global (Worldwide) Meaning”.
Vasilios Avraam has taken part in numerous festivals and international guitar competitions: in France, Greece, Rumania. In Hungary in 1998 he won the First Prize of the first national guitar competition. He took part in master classes of Walter Würdinger, Zoran Dukic, Gérard Abiton, and Devich Sándor.
He gives concerts as a soloist in several towns of Hungary, Germany, France, Slovakia, Cyprus, plays at several classical guitar festivals in Cyprus and Hungary, at the Zempléni Festival (Hungary) and several times he was invited to the Spring Festival of Eger (Hungary). He played with the State Orchestra of Cyprus in a series of concerts in Nicosia, Agia Napa, Paphos and several times with the Symphonic Orchestra of Eger conducted by Máté Szabó Sipos, the conductor of Hungarian State Opera, Budapest. He also played several times with the music group Musica Aulica in Hungary and in France.
In Hungary Vasilios Avraam premiered such works as Sexteto Mistico by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Sinfonia Concertante by Luigi Boccherini. Several of his solo recitals and guitar concertos accompanied with symphonic orchestras were recorded by television channels and radio stations of Hungary and Cyprus.
He published theoretical articles on the classical guitar, Andrés Segovia and composers who wrote works for the classical guitar in such international guitar magazines as in the Classical Guitar Magazine (England), the Soundboard (USA), the Guitarra Magazine (USA), Gitarr och Luta (Sweden), Tar (Greece), Fingerstyle Guitar – Mi Media (USA), Gendai Guitar (Japan).
Vasilios Avraam is the organiser and artistic director of the classical guitar festival in the Northeastern Region of Hungary.