CHRISTOS HATZIS (b 1953 )
With two Juno awards, several other national and international prizes to his credit and a slew of recent commissions by internationally recognised touring artists such as violinist Hilary Hahn, percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, the Pacifica Quartet and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra among others, Christos Hatzis is widely recognised as “one of the most important composers writing today” (CBC). An extensive discography for major and independent labels and wide internet distribution of his audio playlist (over 1,700,000 hits since 2008) have garnered a loyal international following for his music. Hatzis’ music is influenced by early Christian spirituality, Pythagorean and Hermetic ideas, his own Byzantine music heritage, world cultures and religions, and various classical, jazz and pop music idioms from the past and present. A professor of composition at the University of Toronto, Hatzis is published by Promethean Editions.