Dounis, Demetrios [Demetrius] Constantine
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(b Athens, ?Dec 21, 1893; d Los Angeles, Aug 11, 1954). Greek violinist, violist, mandolinist, and violin pedagogue. From his early childhood he showed an impressive talent on violin and gave concerts. However his early career and music studies remain confused. Since his father opposed his musical vocation, Dounis studied medicine (neurology/psychiatry) in Athens, Vienna, and Paris. While staying in Vienna and Paris he continued his violin studies with František Ondříček and César Thomson and finally dedicated himself to a music performance career as an orchestra musician and as a soloist mainly on the violin and the mandolin. He made concert tours in Europe, Egypt, and the USA until the mid-1930s. He served in the Greek Army during World War I and he was a member of the teaching staff of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki from ...