Biography

Ilias Zoutsos was born in Athens and he is descended from Crete and Evia. His first contact with music starts at an early age with the Cretan lyra and lute. A few years later he takes up learning the violin and studying classical music in Greece and abroad. Then comes the guitar, the vocal lessons and the elaboration of his doctoral dissertation ("The compositions for violin and piano of G. Platonas. Critical analysis"). Today he is a graduate in modern vocal and he has had a diploma in violin (gaining the highest grade of First Prize Unanimously and High Distinction for Exceptional Performance) and theory of music from the National Conservatory of Athens. Furthermore, he has graduated as a distinguished student and first of his fellow-students, now being also a Ph.D. of the department of Music Studies in the School of Philosophy in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Moreover, he works as a violinist in the Athens Symphony Orchestra and he is a permanent member of it (First Violins). Since 2009 he has had a period of great personal creativity, concerning composing music or songs and writing lyrics. A part of this work are his CDs entitled "Simio" [Point] (2012) and "Riza" [Root] (2013), which are released by ANTart Productions, "Time" (2014) by Bandcamp and "Kritidiki epohi" [Cretaceous era] (2016) by Ahos.
He has performed in some of the most important concert halls of the world: Teatro Real-Madrid, Thailand Cultural Centre-Thailand, Ancient Theatre of Ephesus, Town Hall-New York, Megaron Concert Halls (Athens and Thessaloniki). He has also performed at Acropolis for the International Music Day, playing Beethoven and Saint-Saens as a soloist, accompanied by the Athens Symphony Orchestra. He co-operates with the Austrian violinist Lukas David, G. Markopoulos, Th. Papakonstantinou, Ross Daly, G. Haroulis and Psarogiorgis. He has also co-operated with the American TV network PBS, giving his music for a series of broadcasts-documentaries.