Artist Profiles: Petroloukas Halkias

Petroloukas Halkias (left) with Vasilis Kostas – Photo by George Spanos

Petroloukas Halkias is a living legend of the clarinet and one of the most important representatives of Greek traditional music at the present time. He was born in the village Delvinaki in Pogoni, Epirus where he began learning music from a young age next to the maestros of the Epirotic clarinet; Phillipas Rountas and Kitsos Harisiadis.

His father, Periklis, went to the United States of America before World War II and gained great popularity as a clarinetist. In 1960, Petroloukas Halkias emigrated to the United States where he lived for 20 years, disseminatign the musical heritage of Epirus and performing with numerous different groups.

One of the highpoints of his stay in the United States was the invitation to perform a concert at the White House.

He returned to Greece in the 1980s when he started recording albums that achieved great success in Greece and abroad.

Petroloukas Halkias remains a basis of inspiration for the young generation of musicians.

Discography:

The Soul of Epirus, with Vasilis Kostas (Technotropon, 2019)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.
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