BIOGRAPHY NIKOS DIMITRIADIS
My name is Nikos Dimitriadis and I come from the beautiful city of Thessaloniki, which is located in northern Greece. I am a musician and my musical instrument is the Oud. I introduced myself to music in 1980 when I started learning the Guitar. At the same time, I started learning Greek music, and especially old traditional and folk Greek and Rebetika
songs. After a few years, I started making public appearances, singing
and playing guitar at many places in Greece and abroad.
In 1994, with the guidance of my teacher, Mr. Vassilis Cassouras
(Greece), I started learning the Oud. My turn and guidance to the
instrument of the Oud was my father's origin and influence which comes
from the area of Black sea (Turkey) from city Ordu, as he plays the traditional Pontiac lyre "Kemence".
I started to explore the traditional music roots of the Oud from
Arabia, Turkey, and Persia, trying to find out the differences between
them and their relationship to Byzantine music. My main studies were
focused on Oud solo, which to me is the most important. I studied
theoretically and practically many methods of playing the Oud and the
most important soloists from Arabia, Turkey and Persia. My musical
activities relating to this instrument are focused on Oud solo. I
believe that it is the most appropriate way to define the soul of this
instrument and the musical style of the East. I aim to seek a dialogue
between other Oud musicians because I believe that through the music
dialogue a musician can reach the maximum limit of his performance. One
of my favourite Oud themes is extemporisation (Taqasim) through which
the musician can express himself clearly, letting the audience
understand his inner psychological world and personality. Taqasim
always plays the major part in Oud playing. A secondary major role is
the melody-tune, which reveals the strength of this instrument.
Everyone can see the huge strength of this musical instrument. I have
co-operated with folk music groups and I had a very interesting
co-operation with the first chorarch of Byzantine music - Mr. Theodoros
I am composing music for solo Oud and I believe that I approach the style
of the East and a part of Greece. I perform in many places in Greece
and other countries, making a programme of the music I compose.I play
solo Oud or I am accompanied by one to five percussionists. My
dream is the creation of a group, that includes an Oud and ten
percussion instruments, and I hope that it will become reality one day.