• Athens Quintet 'Dimitrios Dounis'

Athens Quintet "Dimitrios Dounis"

Giorgos Goumenakis - mandolin | Michalis Sidiropoulos - mandolin | Giannis Goumenakis - mandola | Giorgos Theodoropoulos - mandocello | Vassiliki Leondari - guitar

Athens Quintet "Dimitrios Dounis" was founded in honor of one of the greatest mandolin virtuosos.

A member of the prominent "Athenean Mandolinata" of Nicolaos Lavdas at the beginning of the 20th century, Dimitrios Dounis became internationally known as one of the most important violin teachers due to his innovative teaching methods.

Less well known, however, is his activity as a mandolin soloist, which allowed him to play major tours in USA and Europe, using always a pseudonym, so that he could not be recognized as the already famous violin teacher.

In 2010, Athens Quintet performed at Bergamo (Sala Locatelli) and Cremona (Teatro Filodramatici) in Italy, honoring "Athenian Mandolinata" and its conductor on the occasion of the centenary of its award-winning performance in the same town. The Quintet has also given concerts at F. Nakkas and Athenaeum conservatories, the Philarmonic Society of Patras Conservatory and "C. Palamas" Hall of Athens University.

In 2013 they participated in the recording of an album entitled "Greek Rhapsody" (to be released) with selected works of Greek composers, in a co-production with Orchestra di mandolini e chitarre "Citta di Brescia", Athenian Mandolinata "N. Lavdas" and orchestra leaders Claudio Mandonico and Ugo Orlandi.

Beyond an authentic classical repertoire, Athens Quintet "D. Dounis" aspires to contribute to the promotion of the history of plucked string instruments (mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar), by encouraging and promoting the creation of contemporary works.

Within Euterpe project Athens Quintet performed in Mykonos - Lakka Theatre on 25th of September with soloists form Greece, Serbia, Croatia and Spain: Dragana Tomić (kaval, voice), Dalibor Pauric (lijerica), Theologos Michellis (violin), Josep Villarubla (diatonic accordion).