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Loukia Loulaki

With Vienna as a starting point, the city where she completed her post-graduate studies at Vienna Konservatorium Privatuniversität, cellist Loukia Loulaki has given a series of performances abroad. At the beginning of July, she took part in a concert in the Estate Fiesolana cycle, at the Basilica di Musica di Fiesole in Florence, and some time later, she appeared in the Spoleto Festival with a solo performance at Teatro Caio Melisso. In Vienna, she participated in a concert organized by the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, performing Brahms’ cello sonata No.2 in F. major, and in two major productions presented by her university at Musikverein concert hall. The first was given in the context of Chamber Music Week while the second one was dedicated to modern music and more specifically to Austrian composer Bernhard Lang. Early this year, Loukia Loulaki was in Granada, Spain, where she joined the Orquestra Ciudad de Granada under the conduction of Andrés Salado.

In February, Loukia Loulaki and Trio 92, a string trio she created, gave a chamber music recital at Haydnhaus in Vienna, as part of the "New Talents" cycle. In April, Trio 92 competed in the 7th International Chamber Music Competition Alpe Adria and won first prize, which included recording their own CD, so Trio 92 will be going back to Italy in September.

In Greece, the scholar performed a chamber music recital in August at Megaro Gyzi Cultural Centre in Santorini and joined pianist Stella Koukou in a performance in the Athens Conservatory. Loukia Loulaki and Stella Koukou also participated jointly in the Paros Festival on July 23rd. Loukia Loulaki is amongst the three young soloists (Constantinos Valianatos and Areti Zoula are the other two) who participated in a chamber music recital with Janis Vakarelis as part of the Athens Concert Hall 20th anniversary celebrations.

Loukia Loulaki began her studies in violoncello at the age of seven as a student of Olga Bakmanidi at the Kodály Conservatory, Athens. From 1993 onwards, she continued her studies at the Athens Conservatory as a scholarship student under Dimitris Gouzios, and in 2008 she graduated with full marks, 1st prize, and was awarded the "Andreas and Iphigeneia Syngros Gold Medal", the highest distinction from the Athens Conservatory.

During her studies at the Conservatory she received numerous prizes and rewards, and during her school years she won first prizes in major Panhellenic music competitions (Filonas, Chryssi Mousa and the National Student Competition). From a very young age she participated in seminars and master classes (G. Hatzinikos, G. Zhislin, M. Kliegel, P. Nagy, W. E. Schmidt, N. Gutman) and has studied under C. Miroshnikof and M. Chen.

From May 2007 to June 2011, she regularly attended classes given by Natalia Gutman (musicology class: Elizabeth Wilson) at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole Academy, where she studied on scholarship from the World in Harmony Foundation from September 2008 to June 2010. In June 2008, she was honoured with the Gina Bachauer Award. In April 2010, she was awarded the Premio Walter Boccaccini by the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole for her outstanding performance in Natalia Gutman’s class.

In June 2010, she was accepted for Master Studies in violoncello in the Vienna Konservatorium Privatuniversität, in Natalia Gutman’s class, this time on a scholarship from the Onassis Foundation. During her studies in Vienna, she was repeatedly selected by the University to perform solo at the Musikverein concert hall and at the Rathaus; she recorded for the Austrian Radio station ΟRF (RadioKulturHaus Wien) and in March 2012 she won the Tzuzuki-Stiftung award in the chamber music category.

In May 2008, she recorded the Dvorak Cello Concerto (with the Symphony Orchestra of ERT and under the conduction of Vyronas Simeonidis), but she made her grand debut when she joined the Athens State Orchestra as a soloist and performed Concerto No.1 by Sostakovich. She has also performed as a soloist with the Greek National Opera, the Orchestra of Colours, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and the Orquestra Ciudad de Granada.

She joined Filippos Tsalachouris in the first performance of the composer’s work Ottilie. Her future plans include concerts with Trio 92 at the Kvarner Festival in Croatia, at Μusikverein concert hall in Vienna, and in September 2013 she will join the Ρurpur Orchestra as a solo violoncello in its productions.