Born in Larissa, Greece in 1987, Dimitris Karakantas took his first violin lessons at the age of 8 in the Municipal Conservatory of his home town. At 13, he continued his studies at the Thessaloniki State Conservatory with Prof. Dimitris Handrakis until his Diploma with special prize for excellent performance. At the age of 15, he moved to Vienna to continue his studies, first with Regina Brandstätter in the young talent’s class of the Graz Music University and then at the Vienna Music University, in the Master Class of the famous Primarius of the legendary Alban Berg Quartett, Prof Günter Pichler and with the internationally acclaimed soloist Joanna Madroszkiewicz. He also studied Sound Engineering and Music Production at the Vienna Music University and Baroque Violin with Midori Seiler and Nadja Zwiener at the “Franz List” Music University of Weimar.
He has won the first prize in all important Greek violin competitions as well as the First Prize and Audience’s Prize in the World Festival of Young Musicians in Moldavia, and has received scholarships from the “Megaron” concert hall in Athens, the Thessaloniki Concert Hall as well as the Greek National scholarship.
As a soloist, he has performed worldwide with orchestras and has given recitals in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, England, Czech Republic, Dennmark, Iceland, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and Moldavia, in important concert halls as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Harpa in Reykjavik, the “Megaron” Concert Hall in Athens, the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, the Mozarteum Hall in Salzburg, the Greek National Opera House in Athens a.o.
His personal recordings include the complete works for solo violin by greek composer and violinist Simos Papanas and the album “Alba Tanguera” with pieces of Piazzolla, Albeniz, Granados, de Falla a.o. He has also recorded for the Austrian and Greek Radio.
Dimitris Karakantas plays on a violin by Paolo Antonio Testore, made in Milan in 1757.