The construction and use of bouzouki constitutes a representation of the paths that tradition unfolds in the neighborhoods of the present. In such a path lies the beginning of our story in 1997, in Kapadokias street in Thessaloniki. Driven by his passion for music and craftsmanship, Alexis Rotskos opened the first workshop. As is the case with all ‘first of the kind’ things, this instrument making workshop became a kind of school, fostering continuous training and experimentation. Six years later, the talented craftsman, already an accomplished musical instrument maker, met Yiannis Tsiligiris, a young pianist, who, attracted by the smell of inspiration, decided to use his musical instinct and his European experience at the service of making traditional stringed musical instruments. That’s how Xiloihos was born.
Xiloihos has been in operation for more than twenty years. It remains focused on the ritual of selecting materials and acquiring the most advanced machinery, which is coupled with that deferential human touch that gives them meaning, attesting to the unique quality and innovative character of our work.
photography. Dimitris Avramidis