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Michalis Cholevas Portrait by Elise Doremi


Michalis Cholevas is a Greek musician, composer, and educator. He is performing on the Yayli Tanbur, Tarhu, Ney and the Saz

Born in Athens in 1977 he studied Byzantine music, the music of eastern Mediterranean cultures, classical and Jazz piano as a teenager.

Michalis had privilege to study with the great masters Ömer Erdoğdular, Kudsi Ergüner, Erdal Erzincan and Dhruba GhoshHe has collaborated with several artists including Kudsi Ergüner, the composers Angelo Badalamenti and Bear McCreary, Apollon Musagete Quartett, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jazz trio of George Kontrafouris, Rima Khcheich and Louisiana Red.

In 2013, along with Michalis Kouloumis and Giannis Koutis, Michalis formed Lingua Franca Ensemble. Their album Ephemera was selected at no.8 for the World Music Charts 2017.

He holds a BA Natural Sciences, an MA in Turkish Music, he followed advanced studies in Theoretical Physics and he is currently on a Ph.D. trajectory with a subject on  Taksim Analysis.

Since 2008 he teaches various modules for the BA and MA programs at Codarts, University for the Arts, Rotterdam.

Upcoming Performances


11 December 2019 • Tarmonica

Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht