Biographies

 

The Duo

The Greek guitarist Ptolemaios Armaos and the Iranian percussionist Syavash Rastani have started their musical collaboration since 2016. In their music are combined the sounds of the Persian tonbak and the classical guitar, instruments of very different musical cultures. The two young artists play their own compositions and interpret famous pieces by contemporary classical composers, like R.Dyens, C. Moscardini etc. Their repertoire includes as well songs from various music traditions. The goal of the duo is, by assimilating the variety of musical incentives, with which the modern human comes in contact, to create a homogeneous musical mixture, a dynamic, artistic expression of multiculturalism. In their concerts musical quality and technical virtuosity are combined with the warm communication with the public.

Photo by Stefan Zimmermann

Photo by Stefan Zimmermann

Ptolemaios Armaos

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Photo by Edwin Reinhardt

Ptolemaios was born in Athens in 1993. He began learning the guitar at the age of 6 in Greece, where he received his diploma with the perfect note in 2010 as a student of Elena Papandreou. In 2011 he was accepted into the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne in the class of Prof. Roberto Aussel and he completed his bachelor studies in 2015 with the perfect note. In the years 2015-17 he did his master's degree with Roberto Aussel for guitar and Hans-Werner Huppertz for chamber music. As a student he has received scholarships from the Achelopoulion foundation and the prestigious Onassis Foundation.He has participated as an active member in masterclasses given by Roland Dyens, Oscar Ghiglia, Marcin Dylla and Hubert Käppel, among others. In addition, he has attended the summer music academy of Chigiana with Oscar Ghiglia in Siena.He has won prizes in international competitions (Volos, Lesvos, Essen, Thessaloniki etc.) and has been a finalist in the World Guitar Competition in Serbia. He performs extensively in various countries in and out of Europe with solo and ensemble works from numerous cultures and styles, using classical and electric guitar, bouzouki, baglama and vocals. Additionally, he is a member of the Cologne Guitar Quartet, winners of the 1st prize of the Competition for the interpretation of modern music in Karlsruhe(2015). Most recently he has been collaborating as a duo with the Iranian percussionist Syavash Rastani; a blend of diverse musical styles that has already met with great success.Besides his instrumental activity he has shown great interest for composition and arranging. Most of his works are written for guitar or ensembles.

Syavash Rastani

Photo by Evgenia

Photo by Evgenia

Syavash Rastani was born in Teheran, Iran. At the age of 7 he started learning the tombak, a Persian percussion instrument under Mohammad Hashemi in Cologne. After studying the traditional techniques, also with master Behnam Samani he started experimenting with various instruments from diverse music styles developing a modern way of playing the tombak. 
Syavash Rastani has been performing in prestigious halls and festivals like in “Musica Sacra International”, “Gaude Mater Festival” and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He is a member of  the traditional Persian “Ensemble Barbad” as well as in “Maryam Akhondy’s Paaz”, where he uses the tombak in unconventional ways. This musical approach has offered him the possibility to tour as a percussionist in Europe and West Africa and find new ways of performing. 
In 2015 he recorded a Live-CD with the WDR, which was live broadcasted on the radio. In 2016 he recorded a second Live-CD, this time during the annual concert series “Sya Live” that he organizes himself. In these concerts he presents new fusions of the tombak with other instruments. This CD also includes the Duo with the classical guitarist Ptolemaios Armaos. The Duo performs in festivals, presenting a mix of traditional and classical musical cultures.