«We are a niche music brand, with a declared love for ancient-inspired musical instruments, and we yearn to keep it this way.»
> On the right column, from top to bottom: Anastasios (Master Luthier), Jordan (Senior Luthier), Nikolaos (R&D), and Theodore Koumartzis (Communication Manager).
Koumartzis familia is a musician’s family, nurtured to respect and promote the musical heritage of Greece (both ancient and modern). With many professionals and amateur musicians among their members, we have decided to focus on producing top-quality musical instruments from our tradition and reintroduce them to the global market.
With R&D projects such as «The Lyre 2.0 Project», we have managed to produce and make available top-quality stringed instruments and drums, which can be used by both wanna-be and professional musicians.We use almost exclusively natural materials such as wood (maple etc.), natural glues, animal bones, and leather to handcraft our instruments.
Our workshop has been set up near Ancient Europos (Greece), where our ancestors used to live and evolve in a full cultural environment. It is not an exaggeration when we say that the first humans ever called Europeans, were the ancient citizens of Europos (based on archaeological evidence found in the area). This unique heritage is present along our whole musical instrument product line.
The «heart» of LUTHIEROS Musical Instruments is the father of the family, Anastasios, an amateur musician (for more than 40 years), a best-selling author of DIY (do-it-yourself) luthier guides in Greek and a luthier for almost two decades now. Along with his three sons and his wife, Eleni, have managed to create a product line of top quality musical instruments such as Ancient Greek Lyres, complicated ancient musical instruments (Kithara, Lyre of Ur etc.), Ancient Egyptian Drums (Bendir) etc.
Even if our musical instruments travel literally around the globe (LUTHIEROS is a niche brand with a great reputation worldwide), our family-based company’s vision is to provide employment to our small community, especially during the harsh years of Greek financial recession.
Without compromising quality, the time needed or aesthetics, we keep our business profits as low as possible (only for being able to proceed with the necessary investments in research and development) in order to achieve a fair price for our premium musical instruments.
This is our heartfelt pledge to the global music community all these years, and this is why dozens of musicians around the world give us each year the opportunity to manufacture more premium musical instruments.
We strongly believe that music is the intermediate for people to communicate, and so we focus on providing the right “tools” to make that happen (i.e. musical instruments that can be seen as unique artifacts).
Meet the people behind the brand
Anastasios is a self-taught musician and a modern-day Daedalus. For many decades the art of lutherie is his primary passion, where he combines his inner talent for everyday inventions with his love for music.
Along with his wife, Helen, he founded the Musical Cultural Society EUROPOS giving the chance to the regional community to participate in musical events, such as music learning, singing, traditional dancing, etc.
He is also a celebrated author of Do-It-Yourself books about the art of lutherie, both published in Greek.
Jordan, the oldest brother of the Koumartzis family, is a professional musician and contrabass player. He studied at the Middlesex University (Great Britain), and he has traveled a lot to perform live in Greece, Germany, UK, Singapore, Cyprus, etc.
What’s more, he is constantly sharing his musical knowledge with young and older people, by teaching contrabass and lyre playing.
In LUTHIEROS team he is the next generation of our luthiers, learning from the best and constantly elevating our musical instruments to a higher level.
Research & Development
Nikolaos, the second son of the family, has extensive studies in computer science, publishing, product design, etc. with a Ph.D. degree in Journalism at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
What’s more, he is the author of seven personal books on various topics and scientific papers on the field of journalism and ancient music research.
He has a strong business background, as he is the co-founder of three publishing houses (in which he served as an Art Director for a decade), SEIKILO Museum of Ancient Musical Instruments in Thessaloniki, LUTHIEROS Musical Instruments, The Lyre Academy, etc.
In LUTHIEROS team he is responsible for the product range development, our brand identity, our web presence, and our YouTube Channel content.
Curator & Communication
Theodore is the youngest brother of the Koumartzis family. He is a well-traveled musician with live performances all over Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Singapore, etc.
He is also the founder of two music bands, “Reggetiko Project” and “The Pausis Project”.
He holds a Ba in Computer Science and an MSc in Online Education.
In LUTHIEROS team he has the role of our communication manager, traveling all over the world, promoting our work and performing live with our ancient Greek lyres and other ancient musical instruments.