Myrsini PONTIKOPOULOU-VENIERI

Violin

Age: 22 years old

Country: Greece

Born in Athens, Myrsini is a traditional Greek violin player who initiated her relation with music from the early age of 4 years old, when she had her first piano lessons. As a student of the Music High School of Pallini, she started playing the classical violin at the age of 12, while continuing playing the piano. After graduating, she has been working as a professional traditional violin player in several live music venues of Athens participating in different bands. Recently she has obtained her Piano Diploma (“Excellent” 10/10) from the Greek Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the International Conservatory of Athens.
As a traditional violin player, Myrsini has been exploring the sounds and idioms of old urban popular songs (rebetiko etc) and traditional music of different regions of Greece. She has attended several musical workshops on folk music of the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, including “Labyrinth”, where she attended Ross Daly’s class of structure and phrasing of makam and “Musical Yards”, where she had traditional violin classes with Kyriakos Gouventas.
In addition, Myrsini also wishes to engage in other kinds of music in her life. In 2015-2016 she played twice at the famous among Greek students “Schoolwave Festival” in a “pirate-punk” band as a (self-taught) accordion player. Later, in 2017 she took part in the “Mediterranean Peace Symphony” participating in concerts in many Mediterranean cities playing classical violin.
At the same time, Myrsini studies Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and is also a football player at the Second National League.

Photo credit: Angeliki Digeni