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Christos Hatzis: Biography

Christos Hatzis
1953 -
Region: Ontario

Christos Hatzis

Born in Greece, educated in the United States, a Canadian citizen since 1985 and a Professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto since 1995, Christos Hatzis is one of Canada’s most important composers. Christos’ eclectic and powerful music is captivating audiences internationally and has been awarded several coveted Canadian and international awards, like the Jean A. Chalmers National Music Award, the Jules Legér Prize, the Prix Italia and the Prix Bohemia, in addition to two Juno Awards. Recently he has been receiving commissions from some of Canada’s and the world’s best-known soloists and ensembles, such as violinist Hilary Hahn, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, the Afiara Quartet, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. His major 2014 project is a full length ballet score for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on the subject of the residential schools, a commission by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. A growing number of new recordings of Hatzis’s music are fast spreading awareness and appreciation of the composer’s work well beyond his home base. Recent releases include a Deutsche Grammophon recording by violinist Hilary Hahn, an all-Hatzis Naxos CD of his two flute concerti with flutist Patrick Gallois and the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and three Hatzis works on two new Centrediscs CDs by percussionist Beverley Johnston and soprano Suzie LeBlanc. Hatzis is the 2014 recipient of the HHF Life Achievement Award (The previous recipient was Mike Lazarides, founder and CEO of Blackberry.)