“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 and sensibility, all in one.” High praise indeed from Cuban composer and classical guitarist Leo Brouwer about this Greek musician.
With a celebrated career spanning over 40 years of highly-acclaimed concerts and tours all over the world, Cotsiolis is now recognised as one of the greatest guitarists of our time. The classical guitarist is coming to Cyprus to perform at the Shoe Factory on May 4.
Cotsiolis’ career took off at the age of 15 when he performed Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Athens State orchestra. Since then he has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Grand Auditorium of Radio France, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, BBC Concert Hall, Brussels’ Palais de Beaux Arts, Palais de Congrès de Paris and Philarmonie St Petersburg.
He has also appeared as a soloist with numerous renowned orchestras including the Belgian Radio Symphony Orchestra (RTBF), BBC Concert Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, and has collaborated with legendary artists such as Astor Piazzolla, John Williams, Jean-Jaques Kantorow, Stanley Jordan and Mikis Theodorakis.
During those years Cotsiolis has also performed in the majority of the guitar festivals around the world, including Esztergom, Liege, Havana, Cordoba, Koblenz, Iserlohn, Guitar Foundation of America, to name but a few. Composers like Leo Brouwer, Sérgio Assad, Ernesto Cordero and many others have dedicated works to him.
An esteemed educator, Cotsiolis has given masterclasses in Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He is a Professor at the Athens Conservatory (since 1977) and at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (since 2009). In 1978, he founded the Volos International Guitar Festival, of which he is also the Artistic Director. Since 2012, he is the Artistic Director of the GuitarArt Festival of Belgrade.
His recital in Cyprus is presented as part of and in collaboration with the 14th International Guitar Festival EGTA – Cyprus, and will include works by Leo Brouwer, Isaak Albeniz, Carlo Domeniconi and Mikis Theodorakis.
Guitar recital with renowned Greek classical guitarist. May 4. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15/€10. Tel: 22-663871