Nikos Katsarakis was born in Heraklion, Crete in 1974. He started his studies at the age of 16. Four years later of studies, awarded with his degree in Classical Guitar and afterwards his Diploma in Soloist Guitar. During his studies in Guitar, he also studied Harmony and Counterpoint with the Composer  Spyros Mazis.

In June 2001, he was granted the Performance Diploma LLCM from London College of Music and the following year he got the Performance Diploma FLCM out of the London College of Music and also the FTCL from Trinity College of Music. At the same time, he was successfully accepted from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg - Austria where he attended the classes of Eliot Fisk. He also attended classes of Agustin Wiedeman, Wolfang Gutmann  and Maria Isabel Siewers, as well as the Contemporary Music with Simone Fontanelli, Baroque Music with Jorgen Huebscher, Renaissance Lute with Johann Bruederl and other reknowned artists. In June 2005 he graduated with "Bakauloreat Artium" (Bachelor of Arts) and in January 2009 with "Magister Artium" (Master of Arts) in Solo Guitar Performance.

Along with his studies he also worked on varius thesis titled:       " The Composer Mikis Theodorakis", " Manuel Ponce and his contribution to the Classical Guitar"  and "Pedagogical ideas  of Adamantios Korais" with Michaela Schwarzbauer. He has participated in many masterclasses with many well known soloists such as Marco Socias, Annielo Desiderio, Jesus Castro Balbi, Hubert Kappel, Thomas Muller Pering, Zoran Dukic and others.

 

Nikos Katsarakis has performed in many diffirent cities of Greece and Austria. He has collaborated with the Soprano Myrsini Margariti at the "Jehudi Menuhin live music now" in Austria for the concert organisation. In the past, he had performed as Soloist with the Blasphilarmonisches Orchester Sadhausen - Heidelberg.

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