Violin, Chamber Music
Apollon Grammatikopoulos was born into a musical family in Athens in 1972. He began his violin studies at the Athens Conservatory with Pantelis Despotidis. During the course of his studies, he was honoured with awards and financial prizes for his achievements. He graduated from the Attikon Concervatory with distinction in 1991. A Greek state scholarship allowed him to continue his studies in Austria and Germany with Stelios Kafantaris, Christos Polyzoidis and Winfried Rademacher. He was awarded a postgraduate degree with distinction from the University of Music, Trossingen.
He was appeared as a soloist alongside Greek and international ensembles and symphony orchestras and actively participates in a number of chamber music ensembles that cover a broad range of repertoires, from Baroque to contemporary music and present first performances of new works. The renowned Austrian violinist Lukas David invited him to perform at the international chamber music festival held in his honour in Lima, Peru. He has also played at Greek and international festivals and concert series and performed for radio and television. As a duo with his pianist sister, Mina Grammatikopoulos, he has appeared at numerous esteemed festivals and cultural bodies, including the Penteli Festival, the Hellenic French Union, the Filippos Nakas Conservatory, the Goulandris Museum and ERT Educational Television. They were also special guests at the 25th anniversary celebrations of the ERT Third Radio Programme.
He teaches on a regular basis, particularly following his stint as violin tutor and string department supervisor of the Volos Municipal Conservatory. Currently he is a professor in Athens Concervatory. He has been honoured at the “Alpe Adria” international violin competition in Gorizia, Italy and was warmly received by the press for the concerts that followed in venues around Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. 2004 saw him perform as a soloist at the inaugural concert of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart, Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola). He has served as principle violinist of the Athens State Orchestra since 2003.