CHRISTOS SAMARAS was born in 1956 in Doxato, near Drama. He embarked his music studies at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (1969-76) studying Music Theory - Harmony with Ioannis Damianos and Counterpoint with Kostas Nikitas - as well as Flute with Emmanuel Ekaterinis and piano with Mary Papadopoulou. In the autumn of 1976 he continued his studies at the University of Music and Fine Arts in Vienna, studying Composition with Friedrich Cerha and Erich Urbanner, and Flute with Louis Riviere and Robert Wolf. In 1981, he graduated with the Diploma of Composition and in 1982 with the Pedagogical Degree of Flute. Between 1982 and 1984 he pursued post-graduate studies in Composition at the University of Fine Arts of Berlin with Isang Yun. He also attended Composition Classes presented by Klaus Huber, Luigi Nono, Hans-Werner Henze, Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, Witold Lutoslawski and Diether Schnebel. Since 1984 he lives and works in Thessaloniki.
In 1984, he was granted the Second Prize in the Competition of Composition in Hammeln of Germany with the work “Askitiki” (1982) for small orchestra, and in 1985 the Second Prize for composition in the competition Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden, Germany with the “Fourth String Quartet” (1984). In 1987, he took the First Prize in the Competition of Composition of the Foundation for Literature and Arts under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture in Athens with the work “Paradromes” (1986) for eleven instruments. In 1989, he took the First Prize in the Competition of Composition ALEA III of the University of Boston, USA with the work “Apologia II” (1988) for small orchestra. In 1990, he received the First Prize in the Competition of Composition of the Foundation for Literature and Arts under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture in Athens with the work “Monogramma” (1989) for solo violin. In 1993, he received Distinction in the Competition of Composition of the Arts Foundation “Techni” in Thessaloniki for his work “Thrinos” (1993) for mixed chorus. In 1993, he obtained the Third Prize in the Competition of Composition of the Foundation for Literature and Arts in Athens with the work “Sonatine” (1993) for flute and piano. In 1995, he received the Second Prize in the competition of composition of the Union of Greek Composers in the memory of Y.A. Papaioannou with the work “Concerto for violin and chamber orchestra” (1994). Finally, in 1996 he received the First Prize from the Macedonian Arts Company for his work “Macedonian Rhapsody” (1996) for orchestra.
At present, he is Professor of Composition in the Department of Music Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has taught Music Theory and Composition in various conservatories of Thessaloniki and other cities. For many years he has been appointed Artistic Director in many of these conservatories. He has also taught composition in various seminars and workshops.