About


©Matthew Murray

Christos Farmakis grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece where he had his first music lessons by Miltos Tsivdaris at Bolero music school. He holds a degree in harmony, counterpoint & fugue from the National Conservatory in Athens and a BA & Master in Composition from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he studied with Hans Abrahamsen, Bent Sørensen & Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg.

Has composed for various ensembles and orchestras with performances in all of Europe, USA, South America and China. He is a field recording enthusiast, appreciates nature & local food and enjoys exploring the psychedelic element in all forms of art and in everyday life.

TIMELINE • HIGHLIGHTS

1981
Born in Larissa, Greece
1995
First music job as a folk guitarist, Thessaloniki
1996
Started playing the 4-string bouzouki
1995-1999
Music theory and harmony studies at Bolero Music School, Thessaloniki
2000-2006
Counterpoint and fuge studies at National Conservatory, Athens
2005
Switched from 4-string to 3-string bouzouki
2007-2012
Composition studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen
2010
Composed the original music for the short film Open Secret by Adamos & Asikelis. Screenings in Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival & Dialog Short Film Festival in Turkey
2011
Static Spheres selected and performed at Druskomanija Festival in Lithuania
2012
Zvon premiered at Festival Neue Musik Lunebürg

Jinx – Double concerto for 2 accordions & orchestra commissioned by the Royal Danish Academy of Music and premiered at the RDAM annual commemoration concert conducted by Michael Schønwandt

US premiere of raptus performed by University of Utah New Music Ensemble in Salt Lake City, Utah
2013
Started (also) playing a 5-string Irish bouzouki

World premiere of director’s cut in Helsinki Music Centre, Finland

Founding member of Kottos quartet in Copenhagen
2015
World premiere of swamp at Pittsfield’s 10 X 10 Upstreet Arts Festival, Massachusetts, USA
2016
Co-composer of Kottos debut album that won the Danish Radio’s P2 Listeners Award

World premiere of “Plasma” at a full moon concert at the National Observatory of Athens

Arranged and performed a chamber version of Händel’s Messiah on tour in Denmark with Kottos & Musica Ficta, conducted by Bo Holten
2017
Danish Radio’s Musikariet commissioned a 60 min work for sinfonietta based on Homer’s Odyssey. The stories of Nobody premiered at DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen

Performed the bouzouki part in the world premiere of John Frandsen’s opera Martyriet in the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen

Concert tour in Norway & Greece with Kottos
2018
Argentinian premiere of 4 miniatures by Jutlandia Saxophone Quartet in Buenos Aires

Concert tour in England, Scotland, Iceland with Kottos

EP release: den feje konge
2019
Concert tour in Argentina with Kottos, accompanying the official state visit of HM The Queen and HRH The Crown Prince of Denmark

Concert tour in China with Kottos, including performances in Beijing, Changsha, Foshan, Yangzhou and a masterclass in Shanghai

Arrangements of works by Nikos Skalkottas, Edvard Grieg & Béla Bartók released by Orchid Classics on the album Songs and Dances

Concert collaboration of Kottos with viola virtuoso Tatjana Masurenko in Copenhagen and live transmission from the Danish Radio P2
2020
World premiere of like dreams of the dawn and scarecrows of the night by KIMI trio in Iceland. The concert is nominated for “concert of the year” in the Icelandic Music Awards 2021.