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Stathis Mavrommatis: “Baroque Music Has a Very Positive Influence on Improving Learning Efficiency”

Abstract:

This interview with Stathis Mavrommatis, a distinguished saxophonist and educator, provides insights into his musical journey, influences, and teaching philosophy. Born in 1974, Mavrommatis pursued studies in Mathematics and Saxophone at the University of Patras and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, as well as the London College of Music. He has received accolades for his proficiency in Wind Orchestra Conducting and Composition, garnering praise and prizes throughout his career. Mavrommatis currently serves as the principal saxophonist for the Athens Wind Orchestra, collaborates with the Athens State Orchestra, and imparts his knowledge at the Apollonion Conservatory in Athens, along with conducting masterclasses globally.

The interview delves into Mavrommatis’s teaching philosophy, emphasizing the spiritual importance of transmitting knowledge and fostering continuous improvement. Notably, he discusses his preference for methodological exercises, citing influential saxophonists such as Jean-Marie Londeix, Marcel Mule, Eugene Rousseau, and others. Mavrommatis also incorporates Baroque music transcriptions into his teaching, highlighting their positive impact on learning efficiency.

The saxophonist reveals his daily practice routine, including scales, arpeggios, Bach transcriptions, and classical and contemporary pieces. Mavrommatis elaborates on his choice of instruments, using Yamaha saxophones for their enhanced functionality and Selmer mouthpieces for their warm classical sound.

Prospective students can connect with Mavrommatis at the Apollonion Conservatory in Athens, through his website (stathismavro.gr), and via the Greek Saxophone Association. Mavrommatis emphasizes the importance of students’ love for music and saxophone, diligence, and skill, while he commits to providing good training, transmissibility, experience, and talent. Lastly, he identifies embouchure position as a common challenge among young players, reflecting his dedication to addressing fundamental aspects of saxophone technique in his teaching.

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