"Γένοι' οίος εσσί"..."Become who you are"
Welcome to Smaro Gregoriadou's official website!
...Gregoriadou ia a virtuoso guitarist, scholar, and she is a stand
out who will no doubt excite audiences, while carving her own niche
within the classical guitar world. Incredibly fluent technique, refined
tone, deep understanding of the style...
July 2012. Brad Conroy, GUITAR INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE
Greek guitar soloist and composer Smaro Gregoriadou attempts a redefinition of the classical guitar’s sound and technique through the “Reinventing guitar!” project that she introduced in 2009, based on Kertsopoulos Aesthetics platform of inventions. Her innovative artistic and pedagogical approach has generated enthusiastic response worldwide. As the eminent American critic Mr. Raymond Tuttle put it: "In her own way, Gregoriadou evokes musicians such as Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, and Wanda Landowska in her willingness—her need, really—to find a new way to express herself and to reanimate the music, without letting innovation become an end in itself (Fanfare, Nov/Dec. 2012)."
Following several years’ research on the essence of the musical phenomenon in composition and solo guitar interpretation, Smaro Gregoriadou has studied with many distinguished and inspiring specialists of our time, including pianist-conductor George Hadjinikos, guitarists George Kertsopoulos, Jesus Castro-Balbi, Paul Galbraith and Roberto Aussel; also composers George Sioras, Theodore Antoniou and Dinos Konstandinidis. She has been awarded a Senior Exhibitioner Scholarship to continue her postgraduate classical guitar studies with Carlos Bonnel at the Royal College of Music, London.
She won numerous international music awards both for composition and solo guitar interpretation, the latest being the "Gina Bachauer Soloist Prize 2013". She appeared as soloist in Europe, Russia, Canada, the USA and lately Australia – and collaborated with major Greek and other orchestras abroad, as well as chamber music groups. Her compositions have been premiered by ALEA III (Boston), Ensemble Octandre (Bologna), Helsinki Chamber Ensemble, the Baden-Württemberg Youth Guitar Orchestra, and commissioned by several artistic institutions including Biennale Rome, the Trossingen University of Music and the Athens Byzantine and Christian Museum.
Today she devotes her time mainly to solo guitar performance, music composition and teaching – as well as conducting classical guitar workshops and multi-disciplinary artistic projects in Greece and abroad. She is a founding member of CHORIAMBOS Theatre Company, a creative platform for research into and presentation of the ancient Greek drama's musical form, essence and identity.
She is member of the Greek ISCM (Greek Composers Union.)
Her three highly acclaimed CD albums, Smaro Gregoriadou: "Reinventing guitar, Volumes 1 and 2" (DE 3398, DE3419) and "El Aleph" (DE3490) were released in 2009, 2012 and 2016 by DELOS PRODUCTIONS.
Guitar International Magazine publishes her article series “Issues on Classical Guitar Interpretation.”
Her composition "Balkan Dances for solo guitar" was published in 2011 by BRANDON MUSIC Ltd.