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The Japanese word “toryanse,” the title of this album, could be translated in a free version as “may I pass?” or “please let me pass.” It is borrowed from the opening track, Toryanse Tales (2003) by Atanas Ourkouzounov, which was inspired by Japanese legends and music. Other works on this album are by Štěpán Rak, Carlo Domeniconi, Thanassis Moraitis, Gerard Drozd, Astor Piassolla, and Sergio Assad.
 
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Toryanse
Dimitris Kotronakis
Label: Soundset Recordings
Item Number: SR1077
Format: CD
Year Recorded: 2015
 
Dimitris Kotronakis
 
Dimitris Kotronakis is a classical guitarist and musicologist based in Athens, Greece. He was born in Heraklion, Creta (Greece) in 1973.

At age seven, he began studying the classical guitar, and he graduated from the International Athens Conservatory with a guitar diploma in 1992 under the guidance of Vassilis Kanaras. Following this, he did post-graduate studies with Costas Cotsiolis at the Athens Conservatory, graduating again in 1996. He also undertook advanced theoretical and musicological studies that led to his diploma in Fugue, under Giorgos Sioras, and a degree in Musicology from the University of Athens in 1996. Additionally, he holds a doctorate from the same university (2014), under the supervision of Markos Tsetsos, in which he focused his studies on the guitar in Greece.

Dimitris has won prizes in many guitar competitions in Greece, Spain, and Romania. He also won the major honorary mention award at the 12th Web Concert Hall Competition (USA, March 2011), among 39 competitors representing all classical instruments.

In addition to the present recording, he has recorded six albums of solo and concerto repertoire, most for EMI Classics and Clear Note Records, receiving many rave notices from the critics, especially for his best selling CD, Echomythia.

Dimitris teaches guitar in three music institutions in Athens, the Music School of Alimos, the International Athens Conservatory, and the Panarmonio Conservatory.