Giannis Paleodimopoulos was born in 1947 in Karpenissi - Greece and studied Economics at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. He lived for thirteen years in Sweden, and in 1980 he met Mr. Karl Eric Gummesson, a Swedish maker of renaissance lutes and classical guitars. Under his guidance Mr Paleodimopoulos began to experiment with stringed musical instruments.

After his return to Greece in 1983, he established his first workshop in the Old Upper Town of Thessaloniki in northern Greece, and in 1999 transferred it to a small village, Kato Sholari, near Thessaloniki, where he began making classic guitars, and various Greek traditional stringed instruments, on a professional basis.

Since 1988 he has devoted himself to building classical guitars, using high quality materials, and his long-term experience on the subject, and achieving successful results.

For five years he was the master teacher at the school of traditional instruments at Kastoria.

Mr. Paleodimopoulos has now participated for many years in the greatest guitar festivals and guitar exhibitions around the world.

His famous guitars are played in Germany, Switzerland, Cyprus, Portugal, Korea, Sweden, USA, Croatia, Serbia, Mexico, Turkey and Greece.

In 2007 he won the bronze medal (3d Prize, in the 1st Classical Guitar Making Competition “Cremona Mondomusica”– Italy, where the 1st Prize was not assigned). Dominique Field, Matthias Dammann and Vincenzo De Bonis were but a few of the members of the jury of the competition, under the artistic direction of the maestro Giovanni Puddu.

“The main quality of this jury – stated Mr. Puddu proudly – is its variety. It consists of great Masters of Classical Guitar Schools and researchers such as Mr. Dammann. With such a jury the winning instruments will be certainly exceptional”.

Musicians who play Paleodimopoulos guitar

Gérard Abiton

Srdjan Bulat

Recent album
Guitar Recital, Laureate Series, 2012, Naxos
Listen here
"During his career he has won prizes in almost all of the most prestigious international guitar competitions, including second and third prizes in the Michele Pittaluga in Alessandria, second prize in the Alhambra, Valencia and Gredos San Diego, Madrid, and first prize in the Fernando Sor in Rome and the Julián Arcas in Almeria. He has also won numerous special awards for the best interpretation of Spanish music, a prominent feature in all of his solo recitals and recordings. In September 2011 Srdjan Bulat won the first prize and special prize for the best interpretation of works by Tárrega in the Francisco Tárrega competition in Benecasim, Spain, for which he was given the opportunity to record for Naxos."

Francisco Tárrega competition in Benecasim, Spain 2011:

Aran Choi
A 15 year old genius player from Korea.
On Youtube:

Mauro Lombardo