Age: 20 years old

Country: Greece

Athina Siskaki was born in Lafayet,Indiana, U.S.A. on 03/08/1998. She started classical violin at the age of 7, but now she is playing traditional/ folk and she is interested in different kind of violin playing and world music. She graduated from the Music High School of Thessaloniki.

As a member of the Music School Choir, she took part in many festivals and workshops .She was, also, a member of the “Youth Symphony Orchestra of Greece”. In addition, she had many workshops and master classes about traditional violin and taksim (improvisation form) with Michalis Kouloumis. She participated in the Festival d’ Aix en Provence in 2018 at the “Intercultural Creation Session” with Fabrizio Cassol. There she did workshops with Stephane Galland, for polyrhythm, and with Jorge Pardo, for flamenco music, too.

She plays cretan lyra and mandolin, as well, and she dances flamenco since 2014.

Now she is doing her bachelor degree at the Department of Music, Science and Art, at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. Her specialization is “Traditional Instruments Interpretation and Performance”, especially the traditional violin. At the academic year 2018-2019 she will study at the Conservatorio Superior “Victoria Eugenia” in Granada, Spain.

Photo credit: Theodoros Chliapas