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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Gift of Gods: Music in Ancient Greece

Nikolaos Koumartzis, IHU’s MSc Strategic Product Design alumni, is the founder of Luthieros Music Instruments (, a start-up business that in the midst of the Greek financial crisis managed to start selling prototypes of ancient Greek instruments to musicians all over the globe! So far, Luthieros’ ‘ancient’ instruments were sent to many countries such as the USA, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, Great Britain, Germany, China, Australia, Spain etc..

The ongoing R&D project behind “Luthieros Music Instruments” was partially developed in IHU’s 3D Labs. Using 3D scanning and 3D digital modelling techniques, Nikolaos Koumartzis coordinated the production of the first working prototypes of the ancient Greek lyre. Following his graduation from IHU, he managed to evolve this novel product design project, with the help of his father Anastasios (a well-experienced luthier), in a renown niche brand that exports these ancient Greek instruments all over the world, with receiving great reviews by well-known musicians.

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More specifically, the most world renown musician of ancient lyres, Michael Levy, has used Luthieros lyres for the last 2 years and on his last 4 music albums. He will soon visit Greece (for the first time) for a live performance!

Mark the day: 4th of October, Sunday, at 20:00, at the Tabya Artspace (Melenikou 14) in Thessaloniki’s city centre. Michael Levy’s live performance will be the high point of the 3rd day of the festival “The Gift of Gods: Music in Ancient Greece”, which will take place, between Friday the 2nd and Sunday the 4th of October and will include an “Ancient Greek Instruments” Exhibition, lectures & discussions, live performances by top musicians, workshops on how to construct ancient Greek lyres, and music workshops on playing ancient drums and lyres.

Check out the full events list at:

Check the programme (in Greek)



Additional Info

  • Event date: Sunday, 04 October 2015
  • Event time: 20:00
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