The competition and the award ceremony will take place on Sunday October 10 at 2pm in Vienna, in Mozarthaus, where the artist will be along with the guitarist Nikolas Spatoulas. The house of Mozart is also a museum. This is the most important moment in the history of the Bouzouki and a great moment for the Greek culture and music tradition. Michael Paouris once again brings Greece’s national musical instrument on the highest pedestal.
About Michael Paouris:
Michael Paouris (age 34) was born in Athens in 1987 and grew up in a neighborhood called Tavros. At the age of 7, when he was taking his first music steps, he was called a prodigy, due to his rare skill in the Bouzouki, especially the speed at which he learned and performed any music piece.
He began his career at the age of 10! To date his technique has brought him international fame and thousands of fans around the world. He has worked with legends of the international music scene, such as the guitarist Al Di Meola, who in 2011 said that “Michael Paouris is the fastest Bouzouki player on planet Earth!” that “He has an incredible instinct for music!” and that he is a “Humble Genius”.
Micahel Paouris is the first musician to officially include Bouzouki in Jazz. His Bouzouki compositions in classical and jazz music, are the most innovative ideas in the 100-year-long history of the instrument.
He creates music that is considered internationally to be impossible to perform by anyone but him. He is said to be the greatest soloist of a string instrument operated by a plectrum in history and an experienced composer with a unique personal style. When Michael was 15 years old, Mikis Theodorakis said: “Kid, you remind me of Chiotis! You are phenomenal!”
He has won 15 first International Awards in Classical Music for performance and composition. Among them are the following:
1st International Award in Classical Music at CARNEGIE HALL (New York) in 2018,
1st International Award in Classical Music at WIENER SAAL – MOZARTEUM
(Austria – SALZBURG) in 2018,
1st International Award in Classical Music at Megaron Concert Hall in Athens in 2018,
1st International Award in Classical Music at ALBER HALL (London) in 2019,
1st International Award in Classical Music at ALBER HALL (London) in 2020,
1st International Platinum Award in Classical Music in an international competition in Canada (2011), for composting the classical piece “SYMPHONY 1821 -2021”,
1st International Platinum Award in Classical Music in an international competition in Canada (2011), for performing the classical piece “SYMPHONY 1821 -2021”, and gold award in an international competition in North America (2021) for composing and performing the classical piece – concerto “THEOSIS”,
1st International Award in Classical Music in an international competition for the 250 year anniversary of Beethoven’s birth (2021),
1st International Award in Classical Music in an international competition in Moscow (2021)