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Paul Psarras

 

Over the past decade, Paul has been forging a career in Greek music as a vocalist and song writer.  He has released several recordings as arranger, producer and performer, playing several different instruments including the Oud, Saz, and other folk instruments.  He has shared the stage with international stars such as Elena Paparizou, Yiannis Ploutarhos and Thanos Petrelis.

Mr. Psarras has embraced a broad range of musical styles throughout his young career.  Rooted by guitar and his Greek heritage,  he has explored music from all over the world including, flamenco, classical guitar and baroque music.  A recent graduate, with bachelors and masters degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory,  Paul has studied with David Tanenbaum, Charles Ferguson, Marc Teicholz, Dusan Bogdanovic, Lawrence Ferrara,  Sergio Assad and Richard Savino.

Paul was invited to the Grammy’s for his role in the recording Kingdoms of Castille, with period music specialists El Mundo.  He has also performed in the San Francisco Opera's Merola program and with the San Francisco Symphony with conductor/composer John Adams in his nativity oratorio El Nino, including Soprano Dawn Upshaw.  As a member of the Pacific Guitar Ensemble, he performed around the Bay Areafeaturing his composition Alkioni for oud and guitar ensemble.  As a soloist he has appeared with various orchestras around California performing the Concierto de Aranjuez.  In 2014 he performed at the Fete de Geneve in Switzerland and was featured on Radio Television Swiss.

Mr. Psarras can be heard on El Mundo’s Grammy-nominated recording, The Kingdoms of Castille, and What Artemissia Heard.  He is also featured in Pacific Guitar Ensemble’s Begin and David Tanenbaum’s world premiere recording of acclaimed Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina’s solo guitar works.  He is currently completing his first solo guitar cd.

Paul was chosen as one of eight semifinalists from around the world for the 2016 Falletta International Guitar Competition.  He took second prize in the 2008 Wesley Day Classical Guitar Recording Competition and was twice a prize winner at the 2010 and 2011 Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Competition.  He was a finalist in the 2009 and 2011 SFCM Concerto Competitions.

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