Christopher Bolte is a young and uprising bass player from Germany who defies any genre categorizations. He has played with dozens of projects of the most diverse musical genres from Jazz to Indie Rock to DrumÌ¢‰âÂ‰ã¢n Bass and is currently playing with a newly signed ACT Music artist - the Polish jazz singer Natalia Mateo (PL). When heÌ¢‰âÂ‰ã¢s not playing live he is producing other artists in his own studio "Timbre Recording StudiosÌ¢‰âÂÒ and working on his solo projects. With only 23 years of age he has already played close to 500 concerts and has been working as a producer on over 40 albums.
Recently he received a generous Berklee College Of Music scholarship and he will be attending said college from August 2015 till May 2016.
Yiannis Papadopoulos was born on 5th April 1984 in Athens, Greece. Growing up in a family of musicians, guitar was the toy that caught his attention and became eventually his passion in life. At the early age of 4 he started taking guitar lessons from his father and at the age of 7 he enrolled in a conservatory and started his “official” practice. After a few years he got his Degree in classical guitar and classical harmony Ì¢‰âÂ‰ÛÏ with honors in both, while at the same time he finished his studies at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB - degree in Accounting and Finance).
His rock/metal influences led him soon to dig deep into the rock/fusion territory-which is his main area of interest and expertise-and after many years of self-tuition, lessons and clinics he developed his style of playing, based on rock/fusion concepts.
Having in mind that the only limitation in art is imagination, he constantly strives to broaden his musical style and sound, always searching for new musical paths and ways of approaching guitar playing. His passion and hard work grew his reputation as a guitar teacher and since 2002, he has been teaching guitar in many conservatories, having students from Greece and all over the world.
Throughout the years Yiannis has worked as a session musician in several bands, playing at the most famous clubs in Greece and making TV appearances in various Greek shows and events. Moreover, he has participated in many recordings by Greek and International artists as a guest musician.
In April 2012 he became a member of Goin Through The Band, a very famous mainstream Greek band, with which he is touring Greece, participating in huge events.
He frequently joins worldwide guitar contests and he has won quite a few of them, i.e. the Ibanez Guitar Solo Competition 2013 where he won the 1st place - (Winner out of 311 contestants): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMT29p3BSw8
Yiannis is endorsing some of the best musical equipment manufacturers in the world: PRS Guitars, Mesa Boogie Amps, Wampler Pedals, Spectraflex Cables,Ernie Ball strings Intune Guitar Picks, Gruv Gear and Tsakalis Audiotubeworks, with whom I produced my all tube signature amp and preamp models.
Within the next couple of years his first cd with instrumental music is about to be released and 2 books regarding guitar tuition are going be published.
At present he divides his time between recording my personal instrumental cd, rehearsing/ playing live with Goin Through The Band, and teaching students from Greece and all over the world via Skype.
Instagram profile: http://instagram.com/yiannis_papadopoulos
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