Costas Cotsiolis


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Costas Cotsiolis is nowdays considered as one of the greatest of our time.

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. He has been a founder and director of the "Volos international Guitar Festival"(Greece) since 1978. For his activities, he was awarded by the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Greece in 1979. In 1998 he became an Honorary Citizen of Dallas (Texas, USA). Since 2012 he has been artistic director of the Guitar Art Festival of Belgrade (Serbia). 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). He played in concert halls like Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Concert hall BBC, Palais de Congres de Paris etc. And collaborated with many orchestras such as BBC concert orchestra, the "Toscanini "Pomeriggi musicali etc etc. He collaborated in concerts with artists like Astor Piazzolla, Mikis Theodorakis, John Williams, and others. Composers like Leo Brouwer, Sergio Assad, Ernesto Cordero and many others dedicated works to him. He has played almost in all guitar festivals and gives masterclasses in numerous prestigious Universities and music schools like "Mozarteum","Ferenc Liszt" in Budapest and Weimar, Manhattan school of music etc.

He has published CD's in SONY, EMI Classics, and GHA (Echo Classic award).