The teaching provided by Sofia Lambropoulou stems from her dual culture based on oral transmission, as well as on her academic and musical studies. The repertoires of the different regions of Greece are very varied. To these, we add the different styles of Greek urban popular music (Rebetika) on which Ourania Lampropoulou devoted a large part of her research. An important element of this training is the theoretical aspect of Greek music, as it is formed and transmitted by Greek musicians (concept of dhromi laiki), as well as its relationship with the Turkish-Ottoman Makam system. Teaching is done by both, oral transmission and scores.


  • Musical culture and analysis
  • Listening to music from reference recordings
  • Modal theory (dhromi laiki and Makam) and melodic analysis
  • Modal improvisation
  • Harmonic, rhythmic and metric aspect
  • Individual practice according to the repertoire chosen by the trainee
  • Collective practice (song and instrument)
  • Arrangement


The learning is intended for instrumentalists who master their instrument and professional singers or alternately who practice an instrument. Reading of music is required.



Sofia Labropoulou is a Greek musician. Kanun player and composer, she developed her own «sound», situated at the crossroads of Greek and Mediterranean popular music, Ottoman classical music, medieval repertoire, experimental research and contemporary music.

Coming from a classical education, she studied piano and theory from the age of 8. About ten years later, she fell in love at first sight when she discovered the Kanun. With her diploma in Byzantine musical studies in hand, she moved to Istanbul in 2003 to deepen her love of Kanun and to study there the Ottoman classical music.

As a soloist, she frequently collaborates with internationally renowned musicians from various musical traditions (Africa, Europe, Middle-East). When she isn’t travelling, she composes music.

She also leads master classes in Kanun and Greek popular music. After several years of work in common, her collaboration with guitarist Vassilis Ketentzoglou gave birth to Butterfly, the duo’s first album, released by Odradek Records in 2019. Her first personal album “Sisyphus” was released in December 2020 (also by Odradek Records). She currently shares her time between Vienna and Athens and has been teaching since September 2021 at the International Institute of World Music.