Dimitri Gribizis

Dimitri Gribizis

Dimitri is a classically trained musician and has been teaching violin for 25 years. His students range from kindergarten age through high school, and beyond, and come from throughout the Greater Portland area.  Dimitri’s students  participate in youth symphony orchestras throughout Greater Portland area; Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra and Portland Youth Junior Orchestra in Gorham, Youth Orchestra in Yarmouth are included.  Many of his students audition and are accepted to play in the District II festival held in early January each year.  Dimitri’s high school students compete successfully in the All State Orchestra auditions with the most talented students from throughout the state to to perform with guest conductors from other parts of the country.

Dimitri’s performance background includes a wide range of styles.  He was principal violinist of the symphony orchestra in Gjirokaster,  Albania where is is originally from, and he performed chamber music in a string quartet.  In addition, he participated in folk group performances in different venues of  Gjirokaster’s cultural life.

Eleven years ago he founded the Maine Greek band, “Opa, Opa”,  here in Portand and has performed at different festivals, fund raisers and other events playing violin and singing. He is well known in the Greek community of Maine for his music. Since 2000, he has been performing with “The Hellenic and Near Eastern Musical Society Orchestra” which performs throughout New England.

Performances in diverse venues and festivals have included the Yarmouth Clam Festival, Greek Festival and the University Of New England. He has traveled to perform in New Hamshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida.

Playing an instrument is not merely learning technique or faithful reproduction of pieces, it is a spring board for a deeper and exciting journey into the world of the arts: composers, musicians, dance, theater, visual art and literature.  Over the past years, Dimitri has been delighted to help people make violin a part of their lives, and welcomes you today to make it a part of yours.

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