Pericles Kanaris was born in Athens, Greece. He studied music and philosophy in Europe and the United States winning multiple distinctions and awards. He has composed music for various international media. Among other distinguished credits, his composition “Project Innocence”, originally written for film, was given its world-premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall in May 2007. Greek music, however, has equally been a great source of passion and inspiration since the beginning of his career. In 2000 he formed the Contemporary Greek Music Ensemble which he led with memorable success to major concert venues in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the composer and lyricist of the song “Stin Ygia Mas” that became the title theme for the acclaimed Greek music television program. He is the producer of “Music of Greece”, the first compilation of Greek music ever released by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in conjunction with the reopening of its world-renowned Greek and Roman galleries in April 2007. In 2008, building on his Boston experience of presenting Greek music to audiences in America, he formed SYNOLON, a New York-based ensemble which consistently sold out the world music venue DROM in the East Village for consecutive seasons and was credited with changing the presentation of Greek music in the city. In October 2014 he released his debut album AORATOS, seven original songs that he has composed on the verses of acclaimed Greek poet Manos Eleftheriou, sang by a distinct list of prominent Greek vocalists such as Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Kostas Makedonas, Rita Antonopoulou and Lamprini Karakosta. The album was premiered at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York and sold out the historic Pallas theater in Athens, garnering great reviews from the Greek and International press. The International New York Times recognized his music “a Greek Identity with Global Sounds”. He is the featured “Newsmaker of the Month” for June 2015 in the official newsletter of the Greek Embassy’s Press and Communication Office in Washington DC. Pericles Kanaris lives between Athens and New York.