Stathis Mavrommatis - Saxophone Soloist

BIOGRAPHY

Since early youth, he spent most of his time with music studying theory, piano, flute, sax and chamber music repeatedly gaining praises, scholarships and prizes. Graduated in Mathematics at the University of Patras, he was awarded with distinction the degrees in Harmony, Orchestration of Wind Instruments, Counterpoint, Fugue and Composition, the Diploma in Saxophone (honors and first prize, 1996) with the distinguished prof. E.Kiosoglou from “F.Nakas” Conservatory of Athens and the Saxophone Diplomas LLCM (Performers’ Recital Diploma of Licentiate) and FLCM (Performers’ Diploma of Fellowship) from London College of Music. He has also attended various masterclasses and perfecting programs in saxophone with the eminent prof.s J.Yves Fourmeau in Paris (1997-1999), Cl.Delangle in Gap (France, 1999) and E.Rousseau in Teramo (Italy, 2001).
Since 1996 he is the principal saxophonist of the Athens Wind Orchestra, teaching saxophone at “Nakas” Conservatory of Athens (2000-2014) and at the “Apollonion” Conservatory of Athens (2012 onwards) keeping also, since 1997, a stable collaboration with the Athens State Orchestra.
Furthermore he has been teaching saxophone in many seminars and masterclass in Greece and abroad, he played at the XIII World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis (USA), at the 1st International Pera Music Festival in Istanbul, at the 3rd AXIA International Festival in Naxos island and he has given recitals, with the pianist Christine Panteli, at both the Megaron Concert Halls in Athens and in Thessaloniki, the Great Hall of the Hellenic Centre in London, the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in Belgium, the Music School of L’Aquila in Italy and elsewhere.
He has made many appearances with music ensembles, symphony bands and orchestras both in Greece and abroad. As soloist, he has played with Athens State Orchestra, Cyprus State Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Colors, Symphony Orchestra of the Greek Radio, City of Athens Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Sinfonietta in USA, Costanta Symphony Orchestra in Romania, Hellenic Contemporary Music Ensemble, Athens Wind Orchestra, “Mantzaros” Concert Band of Corfu island, the Alpine Band of Turin in Italy, RAI Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in Canada, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sochi Symphony Orchestra in Russia, String Orchestra of the National Theater of Opera & Ballet in Albania and others.
Distinguished Greek and foreign composers have dedicated to him their music among which thirteen (13) concertos being performed as world premiers. In 2005 he recorded live sax music compositions of D. Constantinides with Louisiana Sinfonietta (USA), including “Concerto Nr.2 for Soprano Saxophone and String Orchestra (Grecian Variations)” dedicated to him, in world premier. Moreover he has performed “Prosodion” for alto saxophone and eight players of V. Kitsos with the Hellenic Contemporary Music Ensemble in Istanbul, “Pièce de Concert” for alto saxophone and orchestra of N. Astrinidis with “Dr. Ermil Nichifor Symphony Orchestra” at Romanian Athenaeum Concert Hall in Bucharest, “Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra” of A. Carastathis with Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in Canada and two music works of the Israeli Composer E.Elper “Suite for alto sax, cembalo and string orchestra” with Sochi Symphony Orchestra in Sochi Hall of Organ and Chamber Music in Russia and “Concerto for alto saxophone, piano and strings” with the “Asonieta” String Orchestra of Athens at Parnassos Concert Hall in Athens, all in world premier and the last four with dedication.
In 2006 went into circulation by “Acroasis” his first CD “Music for Saxophone, Piano and Percussion by Greek Composers” with contemporary music pieces most dedicated to him and in 2010 by “Lyra Classics” a second CD “Three Greek Concertos for Soprano Saxophone and String Orchestra” (two of which dedicated to him), as world premier recordings, realized in Sofia with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the last one honored by Union of Greek Critics for Drama and Music as a nominee for the 2010 Music Awards. His recording work has collected praiseworthy comments worldwide both from distinguished reviewers as well as from renowned saxophone soloists.
Radio broadcasting of his performances is taking place repeatedly in Greece and abroad.
He is a member of the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain, a founding member of the “OLYMPIC TRIO” (violin-sax-piano) and the artistic director of the “AKROAMA” Saxophone Quartet.
He has been honored with the title of “Distinguished Member” of the Musical Body of “Mantzaros“ historical Concert Band of Corfu island and, since 2011, he has been appointed by Yamaha Music Europe GmbH as a “Yamaha Artist”.
Since 2015 he is the elected President of the Greek Saxophone Association.