Iason Keramidis was born in 1985 in Kavala (Greece). At an early age he started taking violin lessons and amazed his teachers with his talent. When he was 13 years old he continued his musical training with Professor Stelios Kafandaris in Karlsruhe, Germany. As from 2003 he studied music at the University of Music in Stuttgart with Professor Ingolf Turban. Subsequently he continued his studies at the University of Music in Karlsruhe with Professor Ulf Hoelscher. In January 2009 he completed his studies in music performance with honors. A few weeks later Iason Keramidis joined the “Soloists-Class” (Konzertexamen) of the University of music in Karlsruhe.
After giving numerous concerts in countries such as the Czech Republic, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Switzerland and France he became an internationally acclaimed artist. He toured with „the Sofia Symphonic Orchestra “ and the “Münster Philarmonics “ as a soloist and gave concerts in the “Liederhalle” and in the “Weiße Halle” in Stuttgart. In October 2009 he performed the famous Mendelssohn Violinconcert with the “Moravian Philarmonics “ while taking part in the festivities celebrating the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelsson Bartholdy. Since 1998 he has been awarded numerous prices and honors: 1. Price at the “Panhellenic Competition” in Athens (1998), scholarship holder of the Ioannis Papaioannou foundation (2004), finalist of the international “Louis Spohr competition” in Weimar (2005), 1st price at the competition of the “Circle of Friends” of the University of Music Karlsruhe (2006), 3rd price at the International Music Days in Neustadt-Weinstraße (2009), 1st price at the Panhellenic Competition for violin „ART“ in Thessaloniki (2009). Since October 2008 he is a scholarship holder „of the Friends of Music Al tri anti Foundation – Megaron Mousikis, Athens “. Iason Keramidis is performing on a Gagliano violin created in 1752.
Nicolas Kyriakou, born 1981 in Paphos-Cyprus had his first guitar lessons at the age of 6 at the “Paphos Hellenic School of Music”. ‘Thereafter he continued his studies with Polis Charalambous at the Paphos Academy of Fine Arts and succeeded to pass grade 8 of the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of London with distinction. As from 1999 he studied with Volker Hoeh at the University of Koblenz and at the “Koblenz Guitar Academy” with Prof. Hubert Kaeppel. After his exams as a music teacher he was accepted at the University of Music Freiburg for further studies in music education and music performance under Prof. Sonja Prunnbauer. In February 2007 he passed all his exams with honours and moved on to the University of Music Karlsruhe where he studied with Prof. Andreas von Wangenheim and acquired his Master Degree with Distinction.
During his studies he attended master classes with David Russell, Sergio Assad, Aniello Desiderio, Costas Cotsiolis, Carlo Marchione, Gerhard Reichenbach, Thomas Müller-Pering, Carlo Domeniconi, Antigoni Goni and many others. In 2003 he won the first prize at the “Carl Seemann Competion” in Freiburg and in January 2004 a scholarship of the president of Germany at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition in Berlin. In 2006 he was awarded the first prize of the “Nicolas Economou Foundation” in Cyprus. Apart from giving concerts, composing and arranging different styles of Music, Nicolas Kyriakou is often invited to teach at various Festivals. Nicolas Kyriakou is currently teaching classical guitar at the “Music School Marktoberdorf” and at the “Music School Füssen” in Germany.