Modern fingerstyle acoustic guitarist & composer
Eva Atmatzidou is the first modern fingerstyle acoustic guitarist and composer from Greece that has been signed with the leading American record label Candyrat Records.
On May 2016 she released her debut solo acoustic guitar album "TRENOVA" with her original compositions reaching over 1.000.000 hits on Facebook and Youtube.
Fresh ideas, astonishing and virtuoso hybrid and extended guitar techniques, imaginative and creative use of effects (no loops, no overdubbing) are combined in her compositions within a very personal sound and feeling.
Her music has been characterized "cinematic" and travels the audience from East to West, from rhythmic and percussive grooves to sensitive e-bow melodic lines, from pure acoustic to more effected guitar sound -- all in a way that makes it hard to believe that whatever is heard, it is just played by a single guitar.
"It is very rare that an artist is so unique that they occupy their own musical space. (...)Greek guitarist Eva Atmatzidou just happens to be one of these very special artists who defy description."
Fingerstyle Guitar Journal
"She has her own unique musical writing style that is at times beautiful, at other times whimsical, but always serving the music."
"Walking the line between "composition" and "improvisation" she manages to offer us a considerably imaginative and voluptuous musical result."
Kostas Grigoreas, for TAR
Eva Atmatzidou was born and raised in Giannitsa, a small town in the North of Greece.
She has studied Music & Psychology.
Eva started composing for solo guitar in 2013. Her debut solo fingerstyle guitar album was released in 2016 by the American record label Candyrat Records.
She is also a song writer and in 2019 her first poetry book was published.
Since 2006 she lives in Athens.
Eva has studied Classical Guitar, Classical and Modern Harmony and Counterpoint.
She has attended various classical guitar masterclasses with R. Dyens, R. Aussel and others. She has also attended Jazz guitar improvisation lessons and modern singing classes, as well as Old Μusic and Jypsy Jazz masterclasses.
The last few years she has a special interest in studying History of Art and she has also studied Composing Music At Theatre, at the National Theatre of Greece, focused on more experimental and avant garde ways of composing.
In her fingerstyle acoustic guitar playing and composing this knowledge gets in dialogue with the "real music life" and experience of an on stage performing musician, as Eva has also been involved with other musical instruments through the years, such as bouzouki, mandolin and the piano.
Eva has also studied Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her special interest is in Educational and Developmental Psychology.
After receiving her Degree, she attended specialized education on Diagnosis and Rehabilitation of Specific Learning Disabilities and on Counseling Children, Parents and Teachers.
As a Songwriter
Besides her solo guitar compositions, Eva composes her own songs, both music and Greek lyrics.
In 2010 her first comprehensive work was released, a CD named “Mateo Roz”, including eleven of her songs.
These songs, as well as new and unreleased at the moment songs, have been presented on stage through the last years, either on her own concerts or collaborating with many other artists.
Eva started performing as a classical and acoustic guitarist at the age of 17, participating in various bands that were mainly playing Greek music .
Since 2006, when she moved permanently in Athens, she has met and collaborated with many Greek artists (O. Peridis, L. Kalimeri), touring around Greece and abroad in live concerts, playing the guitar, the bouzouki, the mandolin and singing. She has also been recording as a musician for other artists' cds (H. Alexiou, M. Lidakis and others).
As a Musician
Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar
In February 2013 Eva presents her first composition for solo guitar, named Rondat, combining the philosophy of fingerstyle playing and classical guitar with the technique of picking and the sound of acoustic guitar. "Rondat" was included in the list for VCE examinations on Contemporary Fingerstyle Guitar for 2020 in Australia.
In September 2014 her second composition for solo acoustic guitar, named “Tsouka Rossa”, was released on her youtube channel. It is a composition based on a Greek traditional mode named "nikriz‟, dissected through different styles, rhythms and techniques. “Tsouka Rossa” was featured at the American record label Candyrat Records youtube channel, as a guest artist's video.
Her first complete solo guitar album, "TRENOVA" has been released 2 years later, on May 2016 through Candyrat Records, including 8 compositions for solo fingerstyle acoustic and 12string guitar.
Since 2017 she has started organizing "Fingerstyle Invitations to Greece", inviting great Fingerstyle guitarists and composers from all over the world in Greece, sharing concerts and workshops on Fingerstyle Guitar way of thinking and techniques .
On January 2020 her new composition "Message to Tommy Emmanuel" was released by Candyrat Records as a single, sharing an idea of what she is working on. "Message to Tommy Emmanuel" is dedicated to the guitar legend and will be one of the compositions included in her new album, expected to be released soon.