Coordinator of Chamber Music in Strings
Christos Galileas is string coordinator for the Georgia State University School of Music. Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, he took his first violin lessons at the age of four with his father Kosmas Galileas, the distinguished Greek violinist and conductor, and continued studying with Professor Stelios Kafantaris.
Dr. Galileas was awarded first prize and the gold metal for his outstanding musical abilities upon graduating from the Conservatory of Athens in 1994. While still a student he began an active career with international solo appearances, and individual recitals. His first public appearance at age 16 was with the Symphony Orchestra of Thessaloniki with an impressive performance of the Paganini violin concerto No 1.
From 1993 to 1995, Dr. Galileas studied with Zachar Bron in Lubeck Germany. He continued his studies with the renowned professors Roland and Almita Vamos at the Oberlin Conservatory where he received the Dean’s Talent Award and his Bachelor of Music degree. In 1995, he won the first prize at the National Competition for Scholarships of Greece, and two years later he was awarded the Alexandra Triandi scholarship of the Megaron of Athens.
Since then, he has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the State Orchestra of Athens, National Radio Orchestra of Greece, Prague Symphony, State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia, Canadian Chamber Orchestra of Toronto, Symphony of the Americas (Fort Lauderdale Florida), Ploesti and Baccau Symphony Orchestras (Romania), Prague Virtuosi, Orchestra Citta di Grosseto (Italy), Symphony Orchestra of Sofia (Bulgaria), Lisbon Chamber Orchestra (Portugal), Latvian National Orchestra, Camerata Stuttgart (Germany) and Gustav Mahler Orchestra (Prague). He has made appearances at the International Festivals of Nayplio (1993, 2001), Dimitria (1994, 1998, 2003, 2004), Music Festival of Armenia (1994), Festival Kypria of Cyprus (1995), Festival of Patra (1998), Heraclion Summer Art Festival(1999), Festival of Classical Music of Larnaca, Cyprus (2001), Festival of Catania in Sicily (2001), and Festival Lago di Como (Italy).
He has also appeared as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Music Academy of Vienna, as well as the Camerata Orchestra of Megaron of Athens for the opening of the international Festival of Patra. In 1997, Dr. Galileas won first prize at the Greek National Competition for violin, held by the Cultural Association TECHNI, in collaboration with the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki and the Cultural Capital of Europe Thessaloniki 1997.
In May 2001 he received the master’s degree at The Juilliard School where he studied with the distinguished professors of violin Dorothy Delay and Naoko Tanaka. In March 2001 he had the honor of receiving the first prize in the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship competition of the University of Illinois.
In 2002, Dr. Galileas founded the Hellenic Camerata, a chamber orchestra with 22 members, and had an extensive tour of North, Central and South America in many countries, including the U.S., El-Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Uruguay, and gave more than 35 concerts in seven weeks.
In December 2005, he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Dr. Galileas has taught violin and chamber music in many masterclasses in various venues, including the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, City Conservatory of Thessaloniki and the Athens Conservatory, as well as masterclass series held at the Music Society of Macedonia, Brasov Symphony orchestra in Romania and Symphony of the Americas in Ft.Lauderdale. He has also taught as an assistant of Almita Vamos and Naoko Tanaka.
Since 2003, Dr. Galileas has served as the artistic director of the Chamber Music Series at the Dimitria International Festival of Thessaloniki. His most recent appearances included the performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with Misha Maisky, and the collaboration with the Borodin Quartet and the George Enescu Philharmonic of Bucharest. Christos plays on a 1705 Joseph Guarneri violin.