b. 1953, Volos, Greece

Christos Hatzis is a Greek-Canadian composer who has composed music for voice and various instrumental and vocal combinations using electronic sounds, accordion, and small and large orchestras. 

His compositions have received international exposure through performances at venues such as St. Paul's Cathedral, The Barbican Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, UK, The Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Lively Arts Center in Palo Alto, California, the Megaron in Athens, Greece, The Winspear Centre in Edmonton, UNESCO's Songbridge Project in Newfoundland and the Banff Centre.

His works have been commissioned by Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Richard Eaton Singers of Edmonton, the Ottawa Choral Society, the St. Laurence Choir of Montreal and City Opera Vancouver. His early musical education was at the Hellenic Conservatory in Volos, where he studied harmony and accordion with Charalambos Kehaides, along with theory and instrumentation. Hatzis then studied music at Eastman School of Music and the State University of New York at Buffalo with Joseph Schwantner, Warren Benson, Samuel Adler and Russell Peck. 

Hatzis is a professor of composition at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

Artist Compositions


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04/04/1995 Heirmos Listen Close

In composing Heirmos, Hatzis sought to evoke his experience of visiting Greek orthodox monasteries and hearing the monks and nuns sing their Sunday services. Certain aspects of this experience, such as the cantors’ philosophical approach to time and the way the ambient space affected the timbre of their voices, made him aware of unexplored potential in his own work and prompted him to consider alternative ways of thinking about musical continuity.