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Costas Cotsiolis

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Costas Cotsiolis has established himself as one of the greatest of our time, thanks to his tours all over the world. In 1972, at the age of 15 he started his career, playing the "Concierto de Aranjuez" with the Athens State orchestra. Since 1977, he has been a professor at the Athens Conservatory, and since 2009, at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki as well.

In 1978, he founded the "Volos International Guitar Festival" in Greece, to which he still serves as director. For his activities, he was awarded by the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Greece in 1979.

In 1998, Costas became an Honorary Citizen of Dallas, Texas. Since 2012, he has been Artistic director of the Guitar Art Festival of Belgrade. Also, he became an honorary member of the EGTA-Germany and D'Addario artist. In 2017, he was awarded the degree of "Doctor Honoris Causa" by the Ionian University (Greece).

Costas has played in concert halls like the Grand Auditorium Radio France, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Concert hall BBC, Palais de Beaux Arts Bruxelles, Palais de Congres de Paris, Philarmonie St. Petersburg, and more. He has collaborated with many orchestras such as RTBF Bruxelles, BBC Concert Orchestra, and Radio Symphony Frankfurt. He collaborated in concerts with artists like Astor Piazzolla, Mikis Theodorakis, John Williams, Jean-Jaques Kantorow, Stanley Jordan, and others.

Cotsiolis plays in the "Volos Guitar Trio" with Aniello Desiderio and Zoran Dukic. He has published music via Sony, EMI Classics, and GHA (Echo Classic award).




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