Athens Quintet "D. Dounis" on tour
Spring & Summer tour 2014

Athens Quintet "Dimitrios Dounis" was founded in honor of one of the greatest mandolin virtuosos.

In 2010, the quintet performed at Bergamo (sala Locatelli) and Cremona (teatro filodramatici) in Italy, honoring "Athenian Mandolinata" and its conductor on the occasion of the centenary of its award-winning performance in the same town. In 2013 they participated in the recording of an album entitled "Greek Rhapsody" (to be released) with selected works of Greek composers, in a co-production with Orchestra di mandolini e chitarre "Citta di Brescia", Athenian Mandolinata "N. Lavdas" and orchestra leaders Claudio Mandonico and Ugo Orlandi. Beyond an authentic classical repertoire, Athens Quintet "D. Dounis" aspires to contribute to the promotion of the history of plucked string instruments (mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar), by encouraging and promoting the creation of contemporary works.

Ioanna Forti was born in Athens. She studied piano, music theory and singing and has been as a member of the Greek Radio Choir. As a soloist, she debuted in 2000 at Carnegie Hall, New York. She has collaborated with many important composers, conductors, singers and directors, both in Greece and abroad, as well as with most Greek cultural institutions, such as the Greek National Opera, Greek Radio and Television Orchestra and Choir, Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls, Athens Festival, “Dimitria” Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre, Orchestra of Colours, “Mikis Theodorakis” Orchestra, “Latinitas Nostra” Early Music Ensemble, “vasistas” theatre group, BIOS Cultural Centre among others.Recently, she has been collaborating with “The Beggars’ Operas” music theatre company and the Neuköllner Oper, Berlin. She has recorded works by Greek composers, such as Mikis Theodorakis’s Zorbas Ballet, Adagio, Carnaval with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Charles Dutoit (DECCA), which was voted Best Classical Record of 2004 by the New York Times.

Spring concerts 

Organised and sponsored by Peloponissos Festival 

29 March | Astros, Peloponissos

13 April | Nafplion, Peloponissos (in collaboration with the Athens Mandolinata "N. Lavdas")

31 May | Korinth, Peloponissos


Summer concerts

17 July | Athens, Museum of Greek folk instruments, Plaka 

In collaboration with the Athens Mandolinata "N. Lavdas" and mandolinist Ugo Orlandi

Organised by specs 'n' arts

27 July | Kalamata, Peloponissos

Organised and sponsored by Peloponissos Festival

2 August | Tsoklis open air Theatre, Koumaros, Tinos, Cyclades

Organised and sponsored by the Friends of Tinos Association

4 August | Megaro Gyzi, Fira, Santorini, Cyclades

Organised and sponsored by Megaro Gyzi Festival

9 August | Apollo Theatre, Hermoupolis, Syros, Cyclades

Organised and sponsored by the International Festival of Classical Music of Cyclades


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Dates:Spring & Summer tour 2014

Co-organised with:specs 'n' arts