COLLABORATIVE PIANIST / VOCAL COACH / MUSIC RESEARCHER
Greek pianist and vocal coach Christos Marinos has appeared in collaborative piano recitals and in concerts as a member of the piano duo Duo Vivo in London, Vienna, Innsbruck, New York, Athens, Thessaloniki and other european cities. His repertoire includes works from the baroque era up until the 21st century, and he aims in presenting lesser-known works for voice and piano. He has premiered works by Greek and foreign composers in Europe and the United States. Christos’s passion for music is not limited to performing. He plays for the studios of Metropolitan Opera singers and has played for coachings at the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He loves working with singers, writing articles, translating books on music, exploring and performing lesser-known art songs, performing and teaching at summer festivals, music directing, giving lecture-recitals, and working as a music researcher. He is passionate about Greek Art Music, and his goal and current research project is to present the vast and undiscovered world of Greek Art Song to singers and pianists, as well as to audiences, in the United States.
In 2002, he was appointed curator of the Jani Christou Archive, position he held for ten years. Since 2003, he collaborates with the Horto Festival in Greece, where he plays for masterclasses, appears in piano duo recitals with Nikos Adraskelas, and coaches singers. In 2017, together with dramaturg Antigoni Gaitana, they founded the workshop Colla Voce, the first of its kind in Greece, for classical singers and collaborative pianists, which takes place at the Horto Festival in the summer and in Athens in the winter. The workshop's first project was the Greek premiere of the opera "Riders to the Sea" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, which took place at the 33rd Horto Festival, and this winter Christos is teaching the class "Analysis, Repertoire and Interpretation of Song". Also in 2017, he became a basic contributor to the Archive of Greek Classical Composers. He has worked as adjunct instructor in piano studies at New York University, and is currently staff accompanist at the same school.
Christos was born in Athens, and was raised in Athens and New York. He holds diplomas in Piano Performance, Tonal Harmony, and Baroque and Renaissance Counterpoint from Conservatories in Greece. He received the Recital Certificate in Piano Performance with honors from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Master of Music (M.Mus.) Degree in Collaborative Piano from New York University (studio of Grant Wenaus). Very significant to his development was his association with pianist, conductor, pedagogue and author George Hadjinikos (1923-2015), with whom he studied privately for ten years. In addition, he has taken cello, voice and conducting lessons in Greece, and has participated in masterclasses by Eteri Andjaparidje, Evgeny Kolmanovich, Diane Birr, Zouzou Nikoloudi a.o.