I feel strongly that with my music, I am trying to force a tiny opening in the clouds that will allow His Light to shine through. At best, I am a follower, not a master, and my MASTER holds the patterns and patents of my being and work. So, in the best of circumstances, I can only think of myself as an imitator.Christos HatzisWith two earlier Juno awards, two 2017 Juno nominations and a 2017 Juno award for his double CD Going Home Star: Truth and Reconciliation, several national and international awards and a slew of recent commissions by internationally recognized touring artists and orchestras, University of Toronto professor Christos Hatzis is constantly active on the international music scene. Hatzis’s music is continuously presented in performance and broadcast (approx. 100 performances worldwide each of the past three pre-Covid years,) an online audio playlist with over 1,700,000 hits, and a stream of CD recordings on Naxos, Deutsche Grammophon, Centrediscs, EMI, Analekta, Sony, CBC and other major and independent labels, several of them all-Hatzis albums. The Hilary Hahn’s Deutsche Grammophon recording In 27 Pieces, which includes Hatzis’s Coming To won a Grammy Award in 2015 and topped many international top 10 lists that year. Christos Hatzis is widely recognized as "one of the most important composers writing today" (CBC) and "a contemporary Canadian master" (New Yorker). He is pioneering a distinct breed of 21st Century music which combines intellectual complexity and clarity, emotional/psychological directness and technical mastery of various media and musical idioms. His recent work focuses on climate change, geopolitical diversity, indigenous issues, migration, environmental consciousness and human rights. Recent premieres include Vernal Equinox, a marimba concerto commissioned by marimbist Theodor Milkov on the theme of the of the Greek independence war and its recent Bicentennial. Hatzis often writes about contemporary music and its relationship to today’s society and has recently completed the writing of a book on Pythagorean harmonic and metaphysical philosophy titled Resonance: A Journey of Connections Made by Intuition and an esoteric memoir titled Searching for the Right Key: The First Forty Years.
2003 — present. FACULTY OF MUSIC, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO.Professor.
1999. FACULTY OF MUSIC, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO.Tenure.
1995 — 2003. FACULTY OF MUSIC, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO.Associate Professor.
1982. STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BUFFALO. Ph.D. Studied composition with Morton Feldman, Lejaren Hiller and Wlodzimierz Kotonski.
1977. EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC, ROCHESTER, N.Y. Master of Music. Studied composition with Samuel Adler and Russell Peck.
1976. EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC. Bachelor of Music. Studied composition with Joseph Schwantner and Warren Benson.
1974. HELLENIC CONSERVATORY, VOLOS, GREECE. Diploma in Orchestration.
1973. HELLENIC CONSERVATORY. Diploma in Theory/Education.
1972. WILLIAM HALL HIGH SCHOOL, WEST HARTFORD, CT. American High School Diploma (AFS Student.)
1971. HELLENIC CONSERVATORY. Diploma in Accordion. Studied Accordion and Harmony with Charalambos Kehaides.
1971. 2nd GYMNASION ARRENON, VOLOS, GREECE. Greek High School Diploma.