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Costas Cotsiolis

Volos Guitar Trio


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Considered as one of the greatest guitarists of our time, Costas Cotsiolis, has gained international fame thanks to his numerous tours all over the world. Since his first performance in 1972, at the age of 15, performing J. Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" with the Athens State Orchestra, he has established himself as one of the most sought-after soloists and concert performers. Besides his performing career, he has a long lasting course as a teacher and educator- he is a professor the Athens Conservatoire since 1977 and a prof. at the State Conservatoire of Thessaloniki since 2009- teaching masterclasses in universities such as "Mozarteum," Austria, "Ferenc Liszt"- Hungary and Germany, Central Conservatory- Beijing/China, Manhattan School of Music N.Y./USA and in various guitar festivals worldwide. In 1978 he founded the "Volos International Guitar Festival"(Greece). In 1979, he was awarded by the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Greece for his artistic accomplishments. Since 2012, he is the artistic director of the GuitarArt Festival of Belgrade (Serbia).

He is an honorary member of the EGTA (European Guitar Teachers' Association)-Germany and president of EGTA- Greece. He is an Honorary Citizen of Dallas, Texas/USA (1998)and a D'Addario featured artist. In 2017 he was awarded a "Doctor Honoris Causa" degree by the Ionian University (Greece). He has performed in concert halls- Grand Auditorium Radio France, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Concert Hall BBC, Palais de Beaux Arts Bruxelles, Palais de Congres de Paris, Philarmonie St. Petersburg and others. He has collaborated with various orchestras such as RTBF Bruxelles, BBC Concert Orchestra, Radio Symphony Frankfurt, the "Toscanini"- Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra and others. He has performed in concerts with artists like Astor Piazzolla, Mikis Theodorakis, John Williams, Jean-Jaques Kantorow, John Mc Laughlin, Stanley Jordan and many more. He is a member of the "Volos Guitar Trio" with guitarists Aniello Desiderio and Zoran Dukic. Composers like Leo Brouwer, Sergio Assad, Dusan Bogdanovic, Ernesto Cordero and many others have dedicated works to him. He has performed in the majority of guitar festivals worldwide including the GFA, Esztergom, Liege, Havana, Cordoba, Koblenz, Iserlohn, Budapest. He has published CD's at Sony, EMI classics and GHA (Echo Classic award).

"Costas Cotsiolis is one of the best performers of my music, probably the best. But also hear him in Mangore, Falla, or Ginastera. Virtuoso playing or sensibility, all in one" Leo Brouwer "Costas Cotsiolis is one of the greatest guitarists of our time. Besides being highly acclaimed as a top performer he has established major artistic achievements over the course of three decades of international career" - Sergio & Odair Assad