Michalis Kontaxakis


  • concert

    Wednesday, March 12th | 21:00
    Belgrade Youth Center

  • master classes

    Thursday 13th of March 2014.

  • jury

    category I and II


F. Sor – Fantasia op. 54 bis:  Introduction
  Theme and Variations
  Dans le genre Espagnol
M. Castelnuovo Tedesco – Sonatina Canonica: Mosso, grazioso e leggero
  Tempo di Siciliane
  Fandango en Rondeau
G. Nestor (Arr.) –
Three pieces "From the movies":
  El Cid (music: M. Rózsa)
  Lydia (music: M. Rózsa, M.C. Tedesco)
  Psycho (music: B. Herrmann
I. Albeniz – Cataluña (Arr. Duo Kontaxakis-Ivanovich )
  Castilla (Arr. M. Llobet)
J. Rodrigo – Tonadilla: Allegro ma non troppo
  Minueto pomposo
  Allegro vivace


Duo Kontaxakis-Ivanovich (Michalis Kontaxakis & Dejan Ivanovic) was founded in March 2004, a few years after their decisive meeting in Spain. The contact remained since then, despite the distance (Athens - Lisbon) and their solo careers. As soloists, Michalis and Dejan have studied with professors Darko Petrinjak, Joaquín Clerch and Costas Cotsiolis. They have given extensive recital tours on all four continents, having won prizes at the most important guitar competitions (Andrés Segovia, Havana-Cuba, Doña Infanta Cristina, Printemps de la Guitare, Sinaia, Volos... ).

Their first public appearance took place in April 2004 in Athens, having received surprisingly strong, positive reaction and acceptance of their work, together with the invitations for recitals and performances with orchestra. In Portugal, they took part of the national premiere of the famous Concierto Madrigal by Joaquín Rodrigo, with Filarmonia das Beiras (Aveiro, Portugal) under the baton of maestro António Vassalo Lourenço. They have been invited to perform at important festivals, concert halls and concert series such as the Gevelsberg Festival (Germany), Sernanselle Festival (Portugal), the Thessaloniki Megaron, the Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbon-Portugal), the Guitarra Viva concert series in Zagreb and others.

 Their repertory covers approximately 300 years of music creation: from Baroque to Avant-garde music, with works by Rameau, Händel, Scarlatti, Bach, Giuliani, Sor, Françaix, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Tomasi, Salvador, Jolivet, Rodrigo, Stevenson and Piazzolla among others.

In 2010 their CD with the title Les deux amis, including works by Bach, Sor, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Rodrigo, was released by the German company KSGEXAudio.


“...the playing on this disc is some of the best duo ensembles I have listened to...”

Steve Marsh, CD review, Classical Guitar Magazine February 2012





The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia / The Belgrade City assembly – Secretariat of Culture / The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia – Department of international, cultural, educational, scientifically, technological and sports cooperation / Tourist organization of Belgrade / Tourist organization of Serbia / SOKOJ

Embassy of the United States of America / Embassy of Spain / Embassy of Portugal / Embassy of Brazil / Embassy of Australia / Embassy of Poland / Embassy of Slovenia / Embassy of Sweden

The Italian Cultural Centre / Institute Cervantes / French Institute / Goethe Institute / Hellenic Cultural Centre

Societe Generale Bank / Erste Bank / Audi – Porsche SCG / Hotel Park / Slavija Hotels / Hotel In / TNT

Garden Centre / Veolia / Hominid Studio / Belmedik / Zbigniew Gnatek / Vasileios Sygletos / Lyra Music / Savarez / D’Addario Music Foundation / Accord Case

RTS, B92, Studio B, Blic, 24 sata, Naxi radio, City magazine, Mondo, Muzika Klasika, BG Info / Sava Centar / Dom omladine Beograda / “Dositej” privatna srednja škola, Beograd