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As soon as Marios Argiros and Dimitris Dekavallas started playing together in 2007 they found that they had a natural chemistry and musical understanding and decided to work regularly as a duo. Since then, they have performed widely in both the UK and Greece and in 2009 released their debut CD.

Marios Argiros is one of the most exciting and expressive players of his generation, highly respected by fellow musicians and audiences alike, whose career combines chamber music and solo and orchestral playing.

At the Royal Academy of Music he was a student of Michael Dobson and Janet Craxton and studied for two further years with Ingo Goritzki in Germany. He collaborates in chamber music with many of today's finest players and has played at major festivals both in the UK and abroad including Aldeburgh, City of London, Cheltenham, Prague, Athens and Hong Kong with artists such as Murray Perahia, Melvyn Tan, Andrew Manze and the Lindsay and Brindisi Quartets. Solo recitals have included the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, and broadcasts for the BBC range from Bach to Schumann to Berio.

As soloist Marios has performed all the major oboe concertos with orchestras including Northern Sinfonia, BBC Philharmonic, Philharmonia and New Mozart Ensemble, with conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Jiri Belohlavek, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Thomas Zehetmair and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (a live broadcast of his own Oboe Concerto).

He has held principal oboe positions in the BBC Philharmonic and Northern Sinfonia and is much sought after as a guest principal in many major UK orchestras. He has played regularly over many years with leading conductors including Sir Georg Solti, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Sir Colin Davis and Sir Charles Mackerras, and also on Baroque and Classical oboe with many leading musicians in the period instrument field, including Sir Roger Norrington, Trevor Pinnock, Christopher Hogwood, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Andrew Manze. He plays a Howarth S3 XL oboe.

Multiple award winner Dimitris Dekavallas has already won a significant number of prizes in major competitions and is considered to be one of the most talented guitarists of his age.

Dimitris was born in Athens and began learning the guitar at the age of six. He was first taught at the National Conservatory of Athens and continued his studies at the Hellenic Conservatory, where he studied with Angelos Nikolopoulos. He graduated from the conservatory in 2002 with 1st Prize and was honoured with the Haralambos Ekmetzoglou music award at his graduation. From 2003-2004 Dimitris studied privately with guitarist Alexis Froudarakis. He won 1st Prize in the IKY National Scholarship Foundation in Greece in 2004, which enabled him to come to London to the Royal Academy of Music. He studied under Micheal Lewin, Timothy Walker and John Mills. While there he won the Tebutt ExhibitionScholarship and in 2007 he received his Diploma of Postgraduate Performance (Distinction) and was given the Blyth Watson Award at his graduation. More recently, Dimitris was selected for the Barry Holmes Award by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

From the age of nine Dimitris has given solo performances all over Greece, including in the National Concert Hall in Athens. Since graduating from the Academy he has given recitals throughout the UK and has been invited to perform as a soloist in international festivals such as Ripon International Music Festival, Bolivar Hall International Festival, Hermoupolis International Guitar festival, Volos International Guitar festival, Veria Guitar Festival, Tirgu Mures International Guitar Festival and many others. He has appeared as soloist with the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Orchestra in Germany, the Mures Philharmonia in Romania and in the UK the HCMC orchestra in Oxford and the Hertfordshire Philharmonia. He gave an acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut recital in June 2012.

He has taken part in many international competitions and has won more than 12 international and national prizes.

Dimitris has played in masterclasses with John Williams, Pepe Romero, David Russell, Eliot Fisk, Hubert Kappel, George Hatzinikos, Carlos Marchione, Fabio Zanon, Kostas Kotsiolis and Carlo Domeniconi. He has also played in workshops with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Dimitris plays a Greg Smallman guitar and lives in London. His website is www.dimitrisdekavallas.com

last updated 17/08/12