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Biography


George Tossikian was born in Piraeus in 1981. He studied guitar under Iakovos Kolanian (Contemporary Conservatory of Athens), graduating in 2004 with a unanimous First Class Diploma.

At the same time, he attended seminars by internationally acclaimed guitarists, and distinguished himself in Greek competitions, and also at the International Renaissance Music Contest-Festival of Armenia, where he was awarded First Prize.

Since 2005, he has given recitals and participated in festivals in Greece and abroad.

In recent years, he has been a permanent collaborator and member of the orchestra of composer George Varsamakis, while, since 2011, he has been appearing as part of a duet with guitarist and composer Notis Mavroudis.

In 2010, his first discographic work was released, under the title Guitar Music by Greek Composers, with works for guitar by established, as well as young, Greek composers, many of them premiere recordings.

Three years later, he brought out his second album, entitled Mosaic, consisting of compositions influenced by the musical traditions of countries of the Near East and the Balkans.

In 2015, a CD entitled Aurora was released, in which George Tossikian plays pieces for guitar, and the Suite for Guitar and String Ensemble by George Varsamakis.

He teaches classical guitar at the Contemporary Music Education Conservatory, and at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory.