Achilles Liarmakopoulos is the trombonist of the legendary Canadian Brass. He holds degrees from the Yale University of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in his hometown of Athens, Greece. Achilles has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, performing and educating in the world’s most important venues and institutions. Upon completion of his studies, he won the position of principal trombone of the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra. Achilles has also performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and the European Union Youth Orchestra, among many others.
As a recitalist, Achilles has performed in China, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Greece, Panama, Colombia, and the U.S., having been awarded honors at competitions around the globe. At the age of 18 he gave two solo performances at Walt Disney Hall as the Grand Prize winner of the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition.
He has gone on to win prizes at the Christian Lindberg International Competition, the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, and the International Trombone Festivals, Robert Marsteller/Conn-Selmer and Larry Wiehe solo competitions, to name a few. Achilles was also awarded the Alexandros S. Onassis Foundation and Greek State Scholarship Foundation educational scholarships.
His discography consists of three solo albums: Trombone Atrevido, Discoveries, and Astor Piazzolla: Tango Distinto; five albums with the Canadian Brass, including the JUNO Award-winning Takes Flight; and numerous appearances on classical, pop, Latin, and other albums.
He also tours with the world renowned Pink Martini, and he is also an adjunct trombone professor at Brooklyn College at CUNY University in New York.
Be sure to hear Achilles’s 2017 Festival performances listed below
Monday, August 14, 6pm
Thursday, August 17, 6pm
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