Semsis, Dimitrios (Dimitris)
- Dafni Tragaki
(b Strumitsa [now in Macedonia], c. 1883; d Athens, 1950). Violinist, composer, and orchestrator mostly associated with the café-aman repertoire. He was brought up in a family of parasol and violin manufacturers, who used to occasionally play the violin in the local festivals. In 1896 Semsis joined a touring circus and travelled throughout the Balkans reaching Belgrade and later Constantinople, where he was appointed by the Sultan to play at the palace. He further toured in Asia Minor, Egypt, Abyssinia, Palestine, and Persia, developing a broad cosmopolitan repertoire. From 1919 to 1926 he was settled in Thessaloniki, where he became a famous musician, while touring throughout Greece. He collaborated with the smyrneiko singer Antonis Dalgas and he recorded for the major companies represented in Greece. As a highly esteemed violinist and prolific composer, who was also musically literate, he was appointed by Columbia and HMV as recordings supervisor. In ...