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A composer is invited through his work to show his intentions clearly to the public.

A project may include not only 'polite' feelings but also other, completely opposite ones, since in the creator's inner world in there are contrasting aspects.

This parallel course of introspection and the daily friction of the creator with his work, led Maria Gouvali, a graduate of the School of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (composition class of Christos Samaras), to the need of creating a significant personal style.

Another candidate to conquer the tip of our music. Watch out for Maria Gouvali
(by the music critic George Leotsakos of the electronic magazine of music and theater criticism- critics' point.)


Maria Gouvali was born in Lamia in 1990. She took saxophone and theory classes in 1996 at the Municipal Conservatory of her city. She received her degree in Harmony and Counterpoint and excelled (class of Vasilis Kitsos). Then, she received her Saxophone Diploma in 2011 and excelled once more (class of Thanos Fisekis). She an excellent graduate of the School of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (composition class of Christos Samaras). She has attended master classes by distinguished Greek and foreign soloists of the saxophone: Jean-Marie Londeix, Theodore Kerkezos, Athanasios Zervas, Leo Saguiguit, Eric Honour, seminars of higher theory and composition by George Hadjinikos, Theodore Antoniou, Giannis Gkouranis, Nikos Kypourgos and others, choral conducting courses with Athanasia Kiriakidou and orchestra conducting courses with Michalis Economou.

Since 2007, she is a member of the «European Centre for Saxophone study» of Bordeaux, France. She has appeared as a soloist in major concert venues such as the Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki, University of Piraeus, Eugenides Foundation, the Art Theatre "Karolos Koun" etc.

She has received many awards, with the most recently being the one the Young Composer’s Workshop, in February 2015, with the project ''Constructions for a picture''. The project was written for the competition and was awarded by a committee of leading Greek composers while the concert held in with the performance of Maria Gouvali's work in the Athens Concert Hall was dedicated to the 80th birthday of Theodore Antoniou, and was conducted by the composer himself.


- 2015 - Project Award "Constructions for a picture'' from the Greek Composers Union.

- 2013 - 2nd prize in the "National Composition Competition of Choral Projects" in Kavala.

- 2012 - 3rd prize in the "1st PanHellenic and PanCypriot Saxophone Competition" in the soloist category.

- 2007 - 3rd prize in the "First International Saxophone Competition" in the category of young people to 19 years.

- 2007 - 1st prize in the "2nd National Wind Instruments Competition" by the Choir & Youth Orchestra.

- 2007 - 1st prize in the National competition of musical composition schools.

- 2005 - 1st prize in the "Pan-Hellenic Student Music Contest" in category of wind instruments.


Maria Gouvali, (1990), Degree in Composition, School of Music Studies, School of Fine Arts AUTH.

Christos Samaras, Professor of School of Music Studies, School of Fine Arts AUTH.