Costas Chizaris was born in Kavala-Greece in 1974. At the age of 16 he graduated as guitar soloist with honours. He has attented numerous guitar seminars of both Greek and foreign teachers as: C.Cotsiolis, L.Brouwer, D.Russel, M.Barrueco, A.Desiderio, H.Kappel, T.Muller-Pering, D.Kreidler, G.Morel, M.Socias and others. He has reached the final stage ten times in guitar competitions and awarded the First Prize four times.
He obtained the Diplomas of harmony, counterpoint, instrumentation and fugue (all excellent with distinction). In June 1998 he graduated with honours and Second Prize in composition under the supervision of Prof. Christos Samaras, while in March 1999 graduated from the Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Musicology and Music Pedagogics.
He has been working as a classical guitarist and advanced theory teacher since 1992 in Municipal Conservatories of Kavala, Drama, Edessa and in Music High School of Kavala. Today he teaches music in State Education and is the artistic director of conservatory “Neapolis” (Kavala – Greece).
Since 1999 he has been a member of the Greek and the International Union for the Musical Education. He is also member of the Greek Composers’ Union, the Living Composers’ Project and the Society for Music Theory.
As a composer, Mr. Chizaris has some significant distinctions; In March 2003 he received the First Prize at the young composers workshops held by the Athens Concert Hall (President of jury: Lucas Foss, USA), while in December 2006 he received the First Prize in the 4th composition competition for chamber music held by the Greek Union of the Literati. Also, in August 2007 he received the First Prize in the 8th international composition competition for solo instrument held in Povoletto (Udine) – Italy, while in March 2008 he received the Second Prize in the 2nd international composition competition for string orchestra held in Valetta – Malta.
Music of Costas Chizaris covers a wide range of musical styles, including solo and chamber works, orchestral works, works for choir, music for the theater and electronic music. His music is being performed by many Greek artists whereas works of him have been published in Greece and Europe.
Costas Chizaris is also the author of two books that were published in 2004. In the first one is treating the tonal aspects of harmonic style (Editions Music Leader, Drama-Greece), while in the second one the Music of Cuba and the figure of Leo Brouwe(Editions Contemporary Music, Athens-Greece).
Currently he is working on his PhD in composition under the supervision of Professor Dr.Michalis Lapidakis at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-Greece.

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