Dimitri Fampas

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Dimitri Fampas
Birth name Dimitri Fampas
Born (1921-12-22)December 22, 1921
Milina of Lafkos, Greece
Died May 3, 1996(1996-05-03) (aged 74)
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Performer, composer, professor
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1960–1996
Labels Universal Music AE

Dimitris Fampas (Δημήτρης Φάμπας, Dimitris Fabas) (December 22, 1921 – May 3, 1996) was a Greek classical guitarist.

Biography[edit]

Fampas was born in Milina of Lafkos, a small village on Mount Pelion near Volos, Greece. As a child, he played traditional music on lute and mandolin. In 1939, he pursued musical studies in Athens. He studied Advanced Musical Theory with Theodore Vavayiannis and counterpoint with Costa Kydoniatis at the Athens Conservatory. He studied with Nicholas Ioannou, and by 1953, he received a diploma in classical guitar performance cum laude from the National Conservatory of Greece. In 1955 and 1956, he received a scholarship from the Italian government to study guitar with Andrés Segovia and musicology with Emilio Pujol at the “Academia Chigianna” in Siena. In 1959, he attended classes with Segovia once more, this time at the Academy of Santiago, Spain, receiving a scholarship from Segovia himself.

Fampas' career spanned almost four decades and hundreds of recitals worldwide. He toured in England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Turkey, US, Canada, USSR and the Vatican. He appeared in most major cities of Greece as well as in the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus. He recorded guitar concertos such as the L. Boccherini-G. Cassado concerto, and he played the World Premier recording of the "Concerto Para Tres Hermanas" by Carlo Pizzini with the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Greece. He often performed live TV recitals in Greece, Spain, and US.

Fampas composed over two hundred solos, studies and dances, enriching the guitar literature. Fampas' compositions proved popular and they became standard guitar repertory. His guitar music, often romantic and lyrical, richly dominated by Greek traditional elements, colors and rhythms, expresses his love for the guitar and for his country, as well as his passionate personality.

His work has been published by the Publishing Houses of: Ricordi of Milan, Italy, Ricordi of São Paulo, Brazil, Max Eschig of Paris, France, Columbia Music – US, Lathkil Music Publishers of London, UK, MEL BAY – US, Ph. Nakas and Papagrigoriou-Nakas of Athens, Greece, M. Nikolaidis - Orpheus Editions of Athens, Greece.

Dimitri Fampas recorded theater and film music by Greek composers such as Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis, Argiris Kounadis and Stavros Xarhakos. Through the '60s and early '70s Fampas collaborated as a soloist to many theatrical and film music productions, being the first Greek classical guitarist to perform on stage and to record theatrical music soundtracks.

Dimitri Fampas taught at the National Conservatory of Athens. Thousands of guitarists have been produced by Fampas and his disciples over the past fifty years. Some 38 prizes in international guitar competitions have been won by Fampas’ students. Among his most noted students are Evangelos Assimakopoulos and Liza Zoe, Eleftheria Kotzia, Kyriakos Tzortzinakis, Eva Fampas, Notis Mavroudis, Yiannis Manolidakis, Evangelos Boudounis, Spiros Diamantis and Kostas Grigoreas.[citation needed]

Dimitri Fampas created two guitarist orchestras, one for young players and another for advanced guitarists, with which he made numerous concert appearances and tours in Greece during 1979–1989. He was a member of the jury in international guitar competitions and he offered master-classes and lectures in numerous seminars and festivals. He lectured on the history of the classical guitar over the Greek National Radio and TV, the BBC, and on several stations in Hungary, in Czechoslovakia, in the US and elsewhere.

He has served as President of the Union of Conservatory Professors of Greece, as a member of the Greek Composers' Union, as a member of the Greek National Board of Music/IMC and UNESCO.

His life and artistic contribution are mentioned in the National and International Who's Who, in the Cambridge dictionary of biographies of famous men and scholars as well as in the Guitar dictionaries and music history books of Japan, England, Poland, GDR, Italy and Greece, the Encyclopedias of Papyrus Larouse, and Harris Patsis.

His early life is depicted in "The tales of faith" by Denis Ronda. For his artistic contribution to music and to society, he was honored with numerous awards and medals by cultural associations, music clubs and Municipalities. Audiovisual material on Dimitri Fampas has been presented and broadcast by national Greek TV, including a 45 minute interview with G. Sgourakis (Director) for the series Monograma which focused on outstanding Greek artists and scientists. In 1999, a double CD titled Dimitri Fampas, the Guitar Album was released by Universal Music/Polydor masters in a series of historical recordings.

The Guitar Friends Association Dimitri Fampas (member of the Greek National Music Council, and the IMC of UNESCO), is a non-profit cultural society founded in 1999 under the initiative of the guitarist-professor Eva Fampas dedicated to serving Dimitri Fampas' legacy and music, encouraging new talented artists and promotion of Greek guitar music.

On January 11, 2006, Dimitri Fampas' archives, including original music, editions, lectures, concert programmes and newspapers as well as a collection of unpublished recordings and photos concerning his life and career, were donated to the Benaki Museum of Athens, Greece.

Works for guitar solo[edit]

  • "Triplet Memory To Emilio Pujol"
  • "Reverie"
  • "Valsa de Brasilia to Ronoel Simoes" (1st Version)
  • "Vals" (2hd Version - Revised)
  • "Danse Syrtos"
  • "Danse Ballos"
  • "A Heart-Felt Conversation", oo Andrés Segovia for His 90th Birthday
  • "Suite No 3, Sur Une Forme Ancienne"
  • "Prelude-Bourre-Allemande-Aria Melancolique-Loure 1&2"
  • "Jeux D'enfants" (Kavatina No 1)
  • "Conte" (Kavatina No 1)
  • "Poeme" (Kavatina No 10) To Notis Mavroudis
  • "Danse Imaginaire" (Kavatina No 1) To Liza Zoi
  • "Karagouna", Greek Danse
  • "Vlacha", Greek Danse
  • Greek Dance "Sousta" (1st Version)
  • Greek Danse "Sousta" (2nd Version - Revised)
  • "Vision"
  • "The Country of Centaurs" (Greek Suite)
  • "Tsamikos Danse" (Greek Suite)
  • "Ravines" (Greek Suite)
  • "Syrtaki Danse" (Greek Suite)
  • "Bolero"
  • "Marche of Spain"
  • "Suite No 2 For a Beloved Family" (To Jeni-To Eva-To Evangelos)
  • "Admiration" (Kavatina No 2)
  • "Little Waltz" (Kavatina No 2)
  • "Sensations" (Kavatina No2)
  • 24 Concert Studies (1–12 To Ida Presti / 13–24 To Andrés Segovia)
  • 23 Melodies For Children And Young Guitarists ("A Dream", "Guahira Danse", "Tsamikos Danse", "For Eva", "Milina", "Varcarola", "Prelude", "Petit Vals", are included)
  • "Romantza"
  • 'Greek Song"
  • "Evgenoula", Theme with Variations
  • 9 Sentimental Preludes
  • Sentimental Suite (6 songs dedicated to his fiancee)
  • Melodies for Young Guitarists, 2nd Collection ("Minuet", "Tender Moments", "The Girl In Green", "The Phone-Call", "Song Without Words No1&2", "A Vals For A Great Woman", others)
  • "A Lafkos' Faire"
  • "Segovia's Portrait"
  • "The Windsong"

Works for guitar duo[edit]

  • "Fantasy for two guitars"
  • "Greek Danse Of Corfou for 2 guitars"
  • "Greek Song Of Thessaly for 2 guitars"
  • "Danse Ballos for 2 guitars"
  • Petit Vals for 2 guitars"

Works for guitar ensemble[edit]

  • "Greek Fiesta For 3 Guitars" (A Fair of Pilion)
  • "Tzeni Variations for 3 Guitars" (Suite for a Beloved Family)
  • "The Layiarni" (Variations on the Traditional Greek Song) for Voice and Guitar Orchestra
  • "Ode to Peace for Voice and 3 Guitars" Based on the Poem Peace by J. Ritsos.
  • "Songs for Voice and Guitar" – Lyrics by L. Raftopoulos & B. Spilios

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