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Danai Loukidi

Instruments:

Violin

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Danai Loukidi was born in Athens and started taking classical violin lessons at the early age of six. After high school, she turned her focus to the musical heritage of the Eastern Mediterranean region. She studied the violin in the Department of Traditional Music at the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, focusing on the musical traditions of Greece and the Balkans.
She continued her education at the Istanbul Technical University (ΙΤU) on an Erasmus scholarship. She participated in numerous seminars in classical Ottoman music and instrumental improvisation (taksim).
Later on, she studied in Rotterdam of Netherlands at CODARTS - University of the Arts, where she obtained a master's degree in Violin Performance, focusing in World Music and the development of phrasing and ornamentation in taksim, under Michalis Kouloumis and Kudsi Erguner.
During the last six years, she has performed in the music scene in Greece and abroad, playing and singing traditional and original compositions. She participated in the Violin Festival (Dünyanın Kemanları) at the Cemal Reşit Rey (CRR) Concert Hall in Istanbul, representing Greece, for two consecutive years. She teaches violin and coordinates music ensembles and seminars on the theory and practice of Eastern Mediterranean music.
In 2019, she was selected by Ross Daly to participate in Mitos Orchestra, of Labyrinth Musical Workshop, where she performed with several distinguished musicians, such as Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma, Zohar Fresco, Evgenios Voulgaris, Charis Lambrakis, Efren Lopez, Derya Turkan, Yurdal Tokcan and Göksel Baktagir.
She is a founding member of the Mosaic Duet with jazz piano player, Yiannis Karygiannis, and the DaMa Duet with Marina Liontou-Mohamed on the oud and lavta, performing original compositions.