Michael Paouris is an internationally acclaimed composer, producer and Bouzouki and Guitar virtuoso. He is the first musician to officially incorporate Bouzouki in Jazz with his classical and Jazz music compositions that are the most innovative ideas in the 100 years of the instrument’s history.
He was born in Athens in 1987 and was raised in Tavros. By the time he was 7 years old he was called a prodigy due to his rare skill in playing the Bouzouki, his technique and his speed that to date remains inexplicable.
His career started at the age of 10. By the time he was 15, composer Mikis Theodorakis compared him to the great composer and player Manolis Chiotis.
To date, Michael Paouris has released 30 Jazz records, countless classical compositions and all sorts of musical works. He has published internationally 7 books about musical technique, theory and harmony, that emphasize musical philosophy and spread the ancient Greek system of harmony world-wide.
He has received dozens of international awards and honors and has collaborated with legends of the international music scene, including internationally acclaimed Al Di Meola, as well as the Rosenberg Trio, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Gumbi Ortiz, Franck Wolf, Fide Kiksal, Mimis Plesas, Thanasis Polykandriotis, Manolis Mitisas, Eleni Dimou, Alexandros Chatzis, Stefanos Korkolis, Giorgos Katsaros etc.
He writes music that is rumored no one else has the ability to perform. Guitarists all around the world try to study his Bouzouki technique as well as his unique Guitar style.
He is considered by many internationally to be the greatest soloist of a string instrument played with a plectrum in history, as well as a formidable composer with a unique personal style.
It all began in my home in Tavros during the 90s, when the radio and our old record player would only play Greek folk songs. Neither of my parents had any musical education, they could not sing nor could they play any instruments. But they loved listening to Kazantzidis, Dionisiou, Zampetas, Chiotis and others.
From a young age I was fascinated by these sounds and when I turned 5 I asked my parents to buy me a Bouzouki. Their initial reaction was to laugh, but eventually they did indulge me and two years later I had in my hands the musical instrument that would change my life.