Michail Cholevas

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Michalis Cholevas is a Greek multi-instrumentalist musician playing Ney, Saz, Yayli Tanbur and its descendant, the Tarhu.

His path started in Athens, Greece where he studied Byzantine, Western Classical, Jazz and Eastern Mediterranean music traditions.

Michalis studied with great masters such as Kudsi Ergüner, Ömer Erdoğdular, Erdal Erzincan, Dhruba Ghosh and Erkan Oğur. He has collaborated with several artists including Kudsi Ergüner, Ahmad Al Khatib Rima Khcheich, Angelo Badalamenti, Apollo Musagette Quartet, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, the George Kontrafouris Jazz trio, Louisiana Red and Arifa.

He graduated from the Master program of Codarts in 2009 under the Dutch HSP excellence scholarship and he is currently a PhD candidate.

Since 2009, Michalis is teaching at Codarts, where he held the position of the Head of the Turkish Department from 2011-2014. He has taught various modules, ranging from main subject lessons on Ney, Yayli Tanbur and Şelpe techniques on saz, to Makam Theory, improvisation and the coaching of Master students.

In 2013, along with Michalis Kouloumis and Giannis Koutis, Michalis formed the Lingua Franca Ensemble which he considers the most inspiring ensemble he has been part of.

Career highlights
Arifa - London Jazz Festival, Soloist for Angelo Bandalamenti at the World Soundtrack Awards, World Tour with the Kudsi Erguner Ensemble

Lingua Franca Ensemble, Soul of devotees special award, Sharq Taronalari International Festival, Uzbekistan 2015

Michail Cholevas

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