Thanks to his numerous tours all over the world and his recognition by the audience as well as by the musical critics, Costas Cotsiolis is nowadays considered as one of the greatest guitarists of our time. Costas Cotsiolis has been the art director of the Volos International Guitar Festival since 1978, where more than 9000 students appeared as well as about 400 professors and soloist from all over the world. Many fabulous guitarists started their international career as young talents at this festival.
He’s been professor of the Conservatory of Athens since 1977 and of the New Conservatory in Thessaloniki since 1981, creating an exemplary school of excellent guitarists who have been awarded all over the world and have international career. For his activities, Costas Cotsiolis was awarded by the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Greece in 1979. In 2017 Costas Cotsiolis was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Ionian University.
“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 or sensibility, all in one.”