Born in Larissa, Greece in 1987, Dimitris Karakantas took his ﬁrst violin lessons at the age of 8. At 13, he continued his studies in the Thessaloniki State Conservatory with Prof. Dimitris Handrakis until his Diploma with special prize for excellent performance. At the age of 15 he moved to Vienna to continue his studies, ﬁrst with Regina Brandstätterin the young talent’s class of the Graz Music University and the Vienna Music University, in the Master Class of the famous Primarius of the legendary Alban Berg Quartett, Prof Günter Pichler and with the internationally acclaimed soloist Joanna Madroszkiewicz.
He also studied Baroque Violin with Midori Seiler at the“Franz List” Music University of Weimar and Prof. Ulrike Engel at the Vienna Konservatorium. He has won the First Prize and Audience’s Prize in the World Festival of Young Musicians in Moldavia and as a soloist he has performed with many orchestras and has given recitals in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, England, Czech Republic, Denmark, Iceland, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and Moldavia, in important concert halls as the Musikvereinin Vienna, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Harpain Reykjavik and the “Megaron” Concert Hall in Athens. Dimitris Karakantas plays on a violin by Paolo Antonio Testore, made in Milan in 1757.