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Eleftheria Kotzia

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Described by USA Review as doing for the Greek soul what flamenco does for the Spanish, Eleftheria Kotzia has toured regularly in Europe, Canada, the United States, South America, North Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East. She has performed both as a soloist and with orchestras at many of the great International Guitar and Music Festivals, including the 10th Anniversary Series of the D' Addario Foundation in the USA, the Festival Estival in Paris, the Tavener Festival in Athens, the Segovia Celebrations in Spain, the Guitar Foundation of America in the USA (three times), the 10th Anniversary Series of the Festival ‘Guitarras Del Mundo’ in Argentina, the City of London Festival and various other festivals around the world. Born in northern Greece, in Alexandroupolis, Eleftheria Kotzia studied guitar at the National Conservatory in Athens, the Conservatoire National Supérieure in Paris, and finally at the Guildhall School of Music in London. Among her teachers have been Julian Bream, Alexandre Lagoya, Dimitri Fampas, David Russell, and Timothy Walker. She was the winner of the first prize in the 6th International Guitar Competition in Milan. Eleftheria Kotzia has performed for a number of radio and TV stations, given recitals at some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and has an impressive list of recordings to her credit. Kotzia represented Greece in London’s Millenium Celebrations: String of Pearls. Kotzia has encouraged non-Greek composers such as Dusan Bogdanovic, Stephen Dodgson, and many others to write Greek-influenced music, and has presented numerous works by renowned Greek composers such as Theodorakis, Hadjidakis, Haliasas, and more. Eleftheria Kotzia has been on the cover of major guitar magazines (Classical Guitar, Guitar International) and given interviews for more. She was a lecturer at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from 2000-2015, and still gives masterclasses around the world. She is a frequent judge in international guitar competitions. Within the Catalogue of Lathkill Music Publishers she directs the Eleftheria Kotzia Series which features new, contemporary music for guitar. She is the writer of the guitar method ‘le cahier de ma guitare/guitarobics’, in two volumes. Since 2007, Eleftheria Kotzia is the director of the International Guitar Course and Festival in Ligoure, France.