Duo Goliardi

Dimitris Kountouras, recorder
Konstantinos Raptis, concert accordion (bajan)

The greek duo was founded in 2003 from the recorder player Dimitris Kountouras and the accordionist Konstantinos Raptis. With that particular combination of instruments, without any precedent at all, the duo is approaching a wide range of repertoire from the music of Guillaume de Machaut up to contemporary music and from historical 16th century tarantelas to Bach ‘s organ music.
The aim of the duo is on the one hand to express earlier music through a different sound perspective always faithful to the musical text and spirit (obviously with different instrumentation) and on the other hand to provide new repertoire for that combination. The Duo Goliardi has collaborated with important composers of the younger generation and premered many pieces especially written for it.
Until now the Duo appeared successfully in many concerts in Vienna, Hannover, Athens, Thessaloniki, Riga (7th International Bach Festival of Latvia) etc.

Dimitris Kountouras

Born in Greece, he studied recorder, baroque flute and early music performance practice at the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands (concert diploma 2001) and later at the Early Music Institute of the Music Academy of Milan with the “Marco Fodella” scholarship as well as the Conservatory of Vienna. Furthermore he studied medieval and renaissance music at the Early Music Institute of Trossingen and followed masterclasses with Daniel Bruggen and Sebastien Marq.
Among his teachers were Heiko ter Schegget, Wilbert Hazelzet, Kees Boeke and Daniele Bragetti.
He founded the early music ensemble Ex Silentio in 2001 together with Markellos Chrissikopoulos and appears in duo with the harpsichordist Chiyoko Sasaki and the organist Petros Bakalakos. He is active as chamber and orchestral musician in concerts in many European countries and in Japan collaborating with the United Europe Chamber Orchestra, the Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra, the State Orchestra of Athens, the Patras Soloists, the Ionian Baroque Ensemble. He recorded for the labels MDG and ARKYS.
As a soloist he performed at the Sala Verdi in Milan, at the Teatro Coccia (Novara), at the Concert Hall of Athens “Megaron”, at the Pablo Casals Hall in Tokyo.
He has taught at the Aristoteles University and in seminars at the Conservatory of Lugano, at the Early Music Days of Vichtelebrg (Germany), at the “Music Village”in Greece as well as at the “Mozaic” project in Albania.
He is preparing a doctorate dissertation researching the relations between humanism and music during the 16th and 17th centuries.


Konstantinos Raptis

He was born in Greece where he studied accordion, musicology and music theory. With a scholarship of the Onassis Foundation he studied concert accordion (bajan) in Hannover with Elsbeth Moser graduating with a soloist diploma.
He has given concerts as soloist and with chamber music ensembles in many European countries. In 1998 he premiered with the Bundesjugendorchester the opera “Comedy without title” at the Biennale of Munich. He has collaborated with the orchestra of the Berlin opera Unter den Linden, the orchestra Academia Santa Cecilia of Rome, the Ensemble Modern, the Radio orchestras of Hamburg and Hannover, as well as the Camerata Athens. He has recorded for ECM (Eleni Karaindrou “Trilogy I: The weaping meadow”) and for ARKYS (Giorgos Kyriakakis “Oulaloum”, Duo Goliardi ”Polifonia in Due”).
Konstantinos Raptis is a member of Tangos a Cuatro, Ensemble Megaphon, Trio Górrion and collaborates with distinguished greek composers such as T. Antoniou, E. Karaindrou, G. Kyriakakis.
He has gained awards in the accordion competitions and is sharing his time between Hannover and Thessaloniki where he is teaching at the Makedonia University.