Michael Paouris is a Virtuoso Soloist of the Bouzouki and Guitar, Composer, Arranger and Producer.
He was born in Tavros, a suburb of Athens, Greece.
He began learning the bouzouki when he was 8.
He began playing professionally when he was 10. His next teacher Manolis Michalakis recommends him in the composer G. Katsaros with whom he collaborated for a limited number of concerts when he was 12.
Simultaneously, he participates in the team of Nikos Danikas in “Stavros tou Notou” and in “Chamam” (2 of the most well known concert halls in Athens).
He participates in competitions of technique and interpretation and he wins the first place at Pan-Hellenic Awards.
In his 15 Th. Polykandriotis selects him and he collaborates with him in a lot of concerts for 8 years.
He also performed at the “Megaron, The Athens concert hall”, in his 18, with a symphony orchestra, M.Theodoraki’s pieces. In his 16, he performed live in M. Theodoraki’s play “ A life, Greece.” His teacher Manolis Michalakis, broadened his musical horizons, teaching him moral lessons, the essential love to the music, the way that the natural development comes to the instrument and the essential development of spirit through the music as well.
Special moment is considered to be his attendance in the opening ceremony of Olympic Games “Athens 2004” in the piece of Stavros Xarchakos.
He has been teaching students, professionals etc. from all over Greece, aiming at the even approach of music and the correct bases on technique issues based on material that results from his personal research since 2005.
He has been working as a teacher in the CONSERVATOIRE of ART G.B. FAKANAS since 2010.
Nowadays, he performs with the Michael Paouris’ band in music and concert halls all over the world.
In November of 2011 he performed live in Greece with the world wide known guitarist Al Di Meola, receiving great reviews by the media and the audience. A common performance with the two of them had already taken place in France in July of 2011.
At the same day his 1st cd single ̈enarxis ̈ and his 1st book ̈my notes… ̈ were released.
He is a part of the documentary “Greece, an economic Odyssey” for the CNBC Africa for which he was presented as the brilliant future of Greece.
In December of 2012, he performed Live on stage with The Rosenberg Trio, after his invitation.
In December of 2012 he performs with Al Di Meola and Gonzalo Rubalcaba in Athens, Greece for the 3rd time.
At the same day his 2nd double album ̈Disharmony ̈ with famous guests was released.
Guests: Mimis Plessas and Panos Mouzourakis.
He currently cooperates with Fide Koksal, a well known Turkish singer – performer in Greece and Turkey as well. (Jazz Fusion Concert)
He currently cooperates with Eleni Dimou, a well known Greek singer – performer in Greece. (Jazz Fusion Concert)
In September of 2013 he released his third album but the first with Guitar, “The Guitar Project: VIRTUOSO”.
In December of 2014 he released his fourth album but the first with Greek folk music (Laika), “ΣΑΝ ΤΟ ΜΠΟΥΖΟΥΚΙ ΜΟΥ” (“Like my Bouzouki”).
Guests: Gerasimos Andreatos, Zacharias Karounis, George Christodoulou & Nick Kerkenis.
In 2015 he started a project called REMPETIKO PANTHEON open to the audience with many solos for the folk Bouzouki. This idea is like an unlimited public album. That is his way to honour his culture that comes from the folk-laiko-rempetiko music. His goal is to share his compositions about the folk Bouzouki with the audience via YouTube. You will find the two
first solos “REMPETIKO PANTHEON” and “KATO PANO PENA”.
In May 2017 he created a unique idea. Called FREE MUSIC 2017. His album “SHARP
FLOWERS” with some of the most well known great musicians of the world like Gumbi Ortiz percussions Franck Wolf saxophone and Vaggelis Katsarelis trumpet was released free for all! It was a big idea, a huge project that Inspir@l Studio with Nikos Kritselis helped to become true.
Michael Paouris Team sent the album in many emails receiving great comments for his innovative idea and his performing.
All the albums that came after were for FREE:
1) “Kata Tropon Laikon” dedicated to Mikis Theodorakis,
2) “The Dance Of the 3 Winds”,
3) “Ta Laika mou”,
5) “Laika Neas Yennias”
6) “The Rage of the Nations”
7) Classical pieces “Message for Mozart No. 1 & 2”, Classical Etudes for the Bouzouki
no. 1,2,3,4, etc.
8) “Blue Rose” a production from the well known producer Akis Golfidis at the legendary Sierra Studios.
Also for free were the other 100+ pieces that uploaded on the YouTube channel Michael Paouris Official.
At the same period he was awarded with two other top musicians Petroloukas Chalkias and Stefanos Korkolis as the most inspired artists of their generations by the greatest greek producer Akis Golfidis.
In 2018 one of the most incredible album with huge production by the BLB RECORDS George Avramidis and Nikos Papadakis came true. The album BANDABILITY with the participations of the most well-known artists like David Lynch, James McCoy, Zoe Tiganouria, Thanasis Vasilopoulos, Petros Kourtis, Dimitris Keramidakis, Nikos Papadakis,
Panagiotis Zafeiropoulos, George Politis, Nikos Tsachtsiris, Michalis Katachanas, Porfyris
Michalis, Provadouroi band and John Andrakakos.
Two weeks after he received “HONORABLE MENTION” for his piece DJANGO’S RAINY
HEART in one of the most important competitions of the world the International Songwriting Competition in USA among 16.000 artists from 137 countries.
He received also many 1st Prizes Awards for his pieces “MANOS”, “YEMEN”, “FOR
PIAZZOLLA” & “ARCHANGEL” in the categories: Jazz Fusion & World.
He received the 1st International Award in Classical Music at Megaron in Athens of the eMuse International Classical Music Competition and he reached the highest score of all time of the competition.
Also he received the 1st International Award in Classical Music at the University of Salzburg in Austria at the Wiener Saal from the huge competition Grand Prize Virtuoso.
One of the most important moments in his career is on 4th of November 2018 when he received the 1st International Award in Classical Music at the legendary Carnegie Hall in
New York City from the Classical Golden Awards.
He received also the 1st Prize International Award again from the London Grand Prize Virtuoso in 2019.
Michael Paouris won the 1st Prize International award in Classical Music for the 2020 and the concert – award ceremony is on April 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall. The award ceremony postponed twice because of the COVID-19 situation.
On June of the 2021 he won two 1st Prizes International PLATINUM AWARDS in Classical Music for his legendary composition “SYMPHONY 1821 -2021” and for his performance on the same classical work.
Later on June he won the 1st Prize International Award for the Beethoven’s 250 years from his birth in Germany.
On July of 2021 Michael Paouris won the Gold Medal in one of the biggest competitions of the North America for his concerto for Solo Bouzouki, Big Bouzouki ensemble and full string orchestra “THEOSIS”.
Michael Paouris brought in Greece the 1st International Award which he received at the legendary Mozart's House in Vienna on October 10th 2021.
The most historical moment in 100 years history of the Bouzouki and one of the most important moments in Greek Culture.