Galan Trio was formed on December 2012, when 3 Greek soloists decided to play music together. Their common vision was to approach important pieces of the worldwide musical literature in a fresh and energetic way.
Respecting the scores but reforming the academic way of performing, Galan Trio tries to express the substance of these pieces through their personal perspective and subsidiary by using different forms of art, such as video-art, lighting and dancing.
In less than a year from its foundation, Galan Trio has performed in two Greek festivals (“Festival of Eastern Mani” and “Cultural September 2013”) earning positive criticism. In 2014 it made its debut at the “B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music” (Athens, GR), Kalamata’s Conservatory and the National Technical University of Athens. In December 2014, the famous concert hall “Gazarte” organized the first concert of Galan Trio’s project “The Magic of Film Music” containing masterpieces of the global cinematic music. More concerts took place in Athens with collaborations with artists such as Vassia Zacharopoulou (Soprano), Roxani Papadimitriou (Soprano), Alexandra Gravas (Mezzo-Soprano) and the great American flutist Jessica Quinones.
In June 2015, Galan Trio has recorded C. Schumann’s piano trio and the superb “Tango Tout Court” by D. Brossé (first world-premiere broadcast) for the Third Radio Programme, a project combined with the reopening of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT).
In July 2016, they travelled to Gulangyu (China) the so-called “Piano Island” for a series of concerts of the “Greek Inspirations in China”; the first festival ever in China targeted in Greek music.
In November 2016, they recorded their debut album “Switch”; a mix of cultures, with compositions by Thomas Bramel (U.S.A.), David Haladjian (Armenia), Vincent Kennedy (Ireland), Vasco Perreira (Portugal), Harald Weiss (Germany) and Nikos Xanthoulis (Greece) who are some of the greatest composers worldwide of our time. These compositions have been created and dedicated to Galan Trio. Editions Schott has recently published “Secret Dancing” by Harald Weiss with a dedication to the Galan Trio. The album released in autumn 2017 and the world premiere took place in Megaron Music Hall, Athens in December 2017.
During 2018, Galan Trio has performed in various Greek festivities and festivals, such as the “Athens & Epidaurus Festival”. At the same time, the trio presented “Switch” in Greece, Spain (Mallorca), Armenia (Vanazdor & Yerevan), and the Netherlands.
Babis Karasavvidis is a violinist whose musicianship was evident from an early age. He studied violin in Athens, Greece, and he graduated from V. Halapsis’ class, receiving his diploma with the highest distinction. He continued his studies at the University of Indianapolis-Athens Campus, where he obtained the Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance in 2010.
His passion for learning led him to attend masterclasses with great pedagogues such as S. Kravtchenko and E. Grach. Among his most important achievements are prizes in international violin competitions in Cremona, Paris and Moscow.
Karasavvidis’ orchestral career started at a young age. He has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Davos Festival Camerata and the Greek-Turkish Youth Orchestra. The world-class youth orchestras under the baton of world leading conductors such as V. Ashkenazy, G. Noseda and K. Urbanski provided him with valuable experience. By now, Karasavvidis has cooperated with some of the most important Greek Orchestras (National Opera of Greece, Athens State Orchestra, Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra, Armonia Atenea etc.).
Chamber music plays an important role in his musical life as well. Ionian Festival Ensemble, Aurora Quartet and Yannis Papadopoulos Trio are some of the ensembles that Karasavvidis has collaborated with. His musical activity also includes projects with Greek contemporary composers; “At-tonal” and “Inside Me” are recent examples of him recording Greek composers’ works. Since September 2018 he is a member of Galan Trio.
Marina Kolovou, following her family tradition began her cello studies at the age of six. She studied next to great teachers and soloists in the Conservatory of Athens (N. Kotzias and D. Gouzios) and in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (M. Mostert) until 2008 where she started her professional career. Her love for music took her close to M. Strauss, D. Ferschtman, V.Despalj, E.Rijseger (jazz improvisation) and other great cellists of our time, from whom she took lessons.
Marina’s distinctions in panhellenic competitions such as “Techni’s National Cello Concours”, lead her to a soloistic career in Greece, Germany and Canada. She has played under the baton of conductors such as V. Petrenko, V. Ashkenazy, C. Kolovos, C. Trikolidis, C. Escher. She has travelled to Japan, China, Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Canada for concerts and has represented Greece in two of the major youth orchestras of the world (EUYO, GMJO).
At the time she returned from her studies in Holland, financed with a scholarship of the National Institute of Scholarships, to her motherland, she became guest solo cellist of the Greek National Opera (2009-2015) and cooperated with the "Athens State Orchestra”. She still works at the G.N.O. She is member of the “Ionian Festival Ensemble” which is specialized in contemporary music. She has given chamber music concerts in Greece and Holland with C. Kolovos, T. Gouvelis, F. Mortzos and L. Ramou.
J. Svolos wrote for Marina Kolovou on Eleftherotypia newspaper: […] “Congenially fluid and light for the weightless, dramatically conventional stigma of the piece, her playing was characterized by precision, sinewy but never too sharp articulation, tone purity and proper singing coherence”.
Petros Bouras was born in Athens, Greece. At the age of seven he began his piano studies and in 2006 he received his diploma from the Musical Horizons Conservatory with exceptional grade. On July 2006 he attended classes in the International Summer Musical Academy of Alsace (Musicalta), while on November of the same year, after audition, he was accepted by Trinity College of Music for a Master on Performing in the class of Professor Yonty Solomon. Since then, he has attended various seminars by great piano soloists such as France Clidat, Ivo Pogorelich and Bernard Ringeissen.
He has given plenty of concerts, including piano concerto with the Greek National Orchestra in Megaron, Athens Music Hall, and personal recitals in various halls, such as Palais de Beaux Arts (Brussels), Halles de Schaerbeek (Brussels), Salle Philarmonique de Liege (Liege), Kopleff Hall (Atlanta), St Mary’s Church (Cornwall), Parnassos Music Hall and Goethe Institut (Athens). On July 2016, he became the first Greek pianist who performed on Gulangyu, the piano island of China, giving four concerts of different repertoire.
In 2014 he met the well-known Mezzo Soprano Alexandra Gravas in Brussels and they started giving concerts together all round the world.
He has been always interested in expressing himself through different kinds of music. Therefore, he became a member of the Oticons Orchestra and Ensemble, whereby he has performed with musicians as the composer Shigeru Umebayashi and the conductor Dirk Brosse. Moreover, since 2015 he works with the famous American Tango Flutist Jessica Quiñones and they have performed as a duet in various places, mainly in England. He is a member of StarWound, one of the most well-known Anglophone Greek bands, which introduced the music genre of ‘rock cabaret’ in Greece. StarWound are about to have their first European Tour in March 2017.
He has collaborated to deliver performances with production such as Lorca's Blood Wedding and The Sin of My Motherin venues such as the Athens Karolos Koun Art Theatre. He has worked as an accompanist of the Ballet Company of the Greek National Opera.