Hailed by many critics as a genuine virtuoso, an incredible mixture of dazzling virtuosity and immaculate musicianship, an artist of rare originality and utmost integrity, Christos Galilaias has enjoyed an international career as a concert violinist, chamber musician, and teacher.
Christos Galilaias was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and studied with his father Kosmas Galilaias, the distinguished Greek violinist and conductor. He was awarded first prize and the gold metal for his outstanding musical abilities upon graduating from the Conservatory of Athens in 1994. His first public appearance at age sixteen was with the Symphony Orchestra of Thessaloniki with an impressive performance of the Paganini violin concerto no.1. He received the Dean’s Talent Award and got his B.M. degree from Oberlin Conservatory. He won the first prize at the National Competition for Scholarships of Greece and was awarded the Alexandra Triandi scholarship of the Megaron of Athens.
Since then, he has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the Berlin Symphony, the Bohuslav Martinu Orchestra, the State Orchestra of Athens, the National Radio Orchestra of Greece, the Prague Symphony, the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia, the Canadian Chamber Orchestra of Toronto, the Symphony of the Americas (Fort Lauderdale Florida), the Ploesti and Baccau Symphony Orchestras (Romania), the Prague Virtuosi, the Orchestra Citta di Grosseto (Italy), the Symphony Orchestra of Sofia (Bulgaria), the Lisbon Chamber Orchestra (Portugal), the Latvian National Orchestra, the Camerata Stuttgart (Germany), and the Gustav Mahler Orchestra (Prague). He has made appearances at the International Festivals of Nafplio, Dimitria, the Music Festival of Armenia, the Festival Kypria of Cyprus, The Festival of Patra, Heraklion Summer Art Festival, the Festival of Classical Music of Larnaca, Cyprus, the festival of Catania in Sicily, and the Festival Lago di Como, Italy. He has also appeared as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Music Academy of Vienna, as well as the Camerata Orchestra of Megaron of Athens for the opening of the Internatinal Festival in Patra.
In 1997, Christos Galilaias won the first prize at the Greek National Competition for violin, held by the Cultural Association TECHNI, in collaboration with the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki and the Cultural Capital of Europe Thessaloniki. In 1999 he was admitted in the studio of the legendary violin pedagogue Dorothy Delay at the Julliard School where he received the Master’s degree. In March 2001 he had the honor of receiving the first prize in the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial fellowship competition of the University of Illinois. In 2002, he founded the Hellenic Camerata, a chamber orchestra with 22 members, and had an extensive tour in North, Central and South America. In 2005, he received his Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Violin Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Dr. Galilaias has been invited to teach violin and chamber music extensively in renowned institutions such as: The Julliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Illinois, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina, New York University, Penn State University, University of Houston, State Conservatory of Thessaloniki and the thens Conservatory. Dr. Galilaias has held important administrative positions which include: Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Series at the Dimitria International Festival of Thessaloniki. Board of Directors of the State Conservatory of Greece and State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, Artistic Director of the Summer Music Academy in Athytos Halkidiki, and Executive Director of the Summer Anatolia Music program.
Highlighted appearances included the performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with Misha Maisky, and the collaboration with the Borodin Quartet and the George Enescu Philharmonic of Bucharest (Romania). Dr. Galilaias has appeared as a soloist at some of the world’s most prestigious concert venues such as the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Carnegie Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Gasteig (Munich), Smetana Hall (Prague), Athenaeum (Bucharest). In 2007 Christos Galilaias joined the faculty at Georgia State University where he serves as Associate Professor of Violin. In 2015 Dr. Galilaias founded the Anatolia Summer Music Program in Thessaloniki Greece and also serves as Executive Director. Dr. Galilaias plays on a 1705 Joseph Guarneri violin.
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