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George Tossikian

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 eminent guitarists Manuel Barrueco, Roland Dyens, Oscar Ghiglia, Evangelos Αssimakopoulos and Liza Zoe.

He distinguished himself in Greek competitions (Hermoupolis Guitar Festival, Patras Guitar Festival), winning first prizes and an honorary award from the Guitar Friends Association ‘Dimitris Fampas’.

Since 2005 he has given recitals in Athens and other Greek cities. He has participated in such festivals as Patras Guitar Festival, Symi festival, The Young for the Young, European Music Day. In 2008, during the cultural events of the Athens Cervantes Institute, he collaborated with award-winning Spanish poet Αntonio Gamoneda, and a year later he gave his first recitals in London as a participant in the 2009 Ekon Festival. In 2012 he took part in the International Renaissance Music Festival in Armenia where he was awarded the First Prize.

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

In 2010 his first discographic work has been released by MOTIVO company, under the title ''Guitar Music by Greek Composers''. Three years later, George Tossikian is bringing out his second album, entitled "Mosaic".

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