Charis Dimaras was born in Athens, Greece. After studies in England’s Royal College of Music and in New York’s Juilliard School and
Manhattan’s School of Music, he settled permanently in New York City with his wife, mezzo-soprano, Leah Summers.
Dr. Dimaras has frequently performed in solo and chamber music concerts, as well as a soloist with orchestras throughout Greece,
Turkey, Italy, Austria, Germany, Holland, England, Scotland, Brazil and the USA and in such venues as the Italian Gubbio Festival, the
Holland Music Sessions, the British Norwich & Brighton Festivals and Juilliard's Focus Festival of contemporary music. He has been
the recipient of numerous awards and prizes (the British Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Award, the Alexandros S.
Onasis Beneficiary Foundation Scholarship, the International Richard-Wagner-Foundation Scholarship), he has been repeatedly
featured on NY’s WQXR radio station, on several Dutch, Italian and Greek radio stations and on Greek national TV, and he has
recorded works by Bach, Franck, Bartok, Prokofiev & Stravinsky. His latest CD, featuring piano works by contemporary Greek
composers D. Mitropoulos and Y. Sicilianos, is due for release in the spring of 2001.
Dr. Dimaras is Assistant Professor of Piano and Collaborative Studies at Ithaca College, NY.