Biography

The superb concerts of Evangelos Assimakopoulos and his wife Liza Zoe in Europe, United States and Canada, have made them one of the most highly regarded duo guitarists in the world today.
Not only have the two Greek musicians been acclaimed by many newspapers of repute, including the New York times, Daily Telegraph, Paris Matin, Chicago Sun and Los Angeles Times, but they also earned the esteem of the great Andrés Segovia himself, who wrote of them: "Since Fate cruelly deprived us of Presti-Lagoya, I no longer had the pleasure of listening to any similar duo. But lately, when the talented Greek guitarists Evangelos and Liza played for me, I felt complete satisfaction and enjoyment. I cordially wish Evangelos and Liza to conquer the high esteem of the public as they have conquered mine."

They both began their studies of the guitar in 1953 at the National Conservatory of Athens with Dimitris Fampas. After receiving first prizes "with excellence " upon graduating, they shared the first two prizes in the International Competition in Naples, Italy. For four consecutive periods they were awarded scholarships to study with the Presti-Lagoya duo in France and with Andrés Segovia in Spain. Shortly after, they became professors at the National Conservatory in Athens.

Since their arrival on the international scene in 1967, Evangelos and Liza have carried out extensive tours all over the world and given hundreds of recitals at some of the most famous concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Conzertgebauw, Wigmore Hall, La Theatre de la Ville and Lincoln Center. They have also performed for many radio and television stations (the BBC, Paris RTVF, Brussels, Madrid, Cologne, Berlin etc.) and taken part in major festivals in, among other places, New York, Boston, Antwerp, Rome, Amsterdam and Mexico. They usually appear as duo soloists with well known symphony orchestras such as those of Montreal, Michigan, Cincinnati and Birmingham, as well as teaching seminars and holding Master-classes at universities and academies overseas including The Juilliard School, The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, UCLA, Stony Brook University and Mannes College of Music.

Both Greek and foreign composers have written pieces especially for Evangelos and Liza; at the same time the two musicians have enriched a rather meagre guitar duo repertoire with transcriptions and arrangements for their own. They have produced several records and CDs of works for one or two guitars that are available on the EMI Classics label everywhere.

The breadth of their repertoire, their technical skill and rich interpretations, have earned an enthusiastic reception wherever they have performed, resulting to their wholehearted acceptance by the public as one of the "most exciting husband-and-wife virtuoso duos of today's musicdom."

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D I S C O G R A P H Y

LP: THE ART OF TWO GUITARS
Evangelos Assimakopoulos & Liza

LP: MUSIQUE BAROQUE POUR DEUX GUITARES
Evangelos Assimakopoulos & Liza Zoe

LP: ROMANTIC MUSIC FOR TWO GUITARS
Evangelos Assimakopoulos & Liza Zoe

LP: SPANISH MUSIC FOR TWO GUITARS
Evangelos Assimakopoulos & Liza Zoe

LP: EVANGELOS & LIZA PLAY SOLO MUSIC BY WEISS & ALBENIZ
Evangelos Assimakopoulos / Liza Zoe

LP: EVANGELOS ASSIMAKOPOULOS plays ISAAC ALBENIZ
Evangelos Assimakopoulos

CD: EVANGELOS & LIZA PLAY THE ROMANTICS
Evangelos Assimakopoulos & Liza Zoe

CD: BAROQUE MUSIC FOR TWO GUITARS
Evangelos Assimakopoulos & Liza Zoe

CD: EVANGELOS & LIZA PLAY SOLO MUSIC BY ALBENIZ & WEISS
Evangelos Assimakopoulos / Liza Zoe

CD: SPANISH GUITAR MUSIC 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra'
Evangelos Assimakopoulos

CD: LATIN AMERICAN GUITAR MUSIC 'El Decameron Negro'
Evangelos Assimakopoulos

CD: EVANGELOS & LIZA play the Fandango by A.SOLER
Evangelos Assimakopoulos & Liza Zoe

CD: THE GUITAR IN LATIN AMERICA 'Carora'
Evangelos Assimakopoulos

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ORCHESTRAL REPERTORY Includes concertos for two guitars by:

Vivaldi
Haydn
Rodrigo
Castelnuovo - Tedesco
Dragatakis
Petit
Morel

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RECITAL REPERTORY Includes works by:

Bach
Händel
Dowland
Scarlatti
Couperin
Rameau
Corelli
Soler
Vivaldi
Tchaikovsky
Mendelssohn
Chopin
Sor
Castelnuovo - Tedesco
Schubert
Albeniz
Brouwer
Granados
Duarte
Petit
De Falla
Dragatakis
Antoniou
Georginakis
Koshkin
Morel
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