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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)

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