George Georgiou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, in 1984. He began his clarinet lessons at the age of 9 with Dusko Zarkovic and later on with Kleanthis Zambakides and Rocco Sbartella. He holds degrees from City University London (BMus and MA in Performance)
|As soloist he has appeared with CUSO and Moscow Virtuosi and performed many recitals in Cyprus, UK, Ireland, Greece and USA. He has been a member of Skolia Ensemble, Smithfield Symphonia, CUSO, City University Middle East Ensemble and appeared in venues such as St. John’s, Smith Square, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Warehouse Waterloo and the LSO St. Lukes to name a few.
Georgiou has collaborated with several musicians around the globe including cellist Rohan de Saram, Movses Pogossian and Vladimir Spivakov. He was artist in residence during the 2010 Apple Hill Summer Festival (USA) and worked very closely with both the Apple Hill String Quartet and the upcoming Semplice String Quartet.
He has also been involved and worked with the biggest cultural organisations in Cyprus including the Pharos Arts Foundation. Since 2008, he has been living in Cyprus, where he teaches clarinet and chamber music at the Cyprus National Music School and is the conductor’s assistant at the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Georgiou is also musician in residence at the Avaton Contemporary Music Festival in Limassol. His interest at contemporary music has led him to give many world premieres in Cyprus and abroad. He is the dedicatee of several compositions by Cypriot composers for clarinet and bass clarinet which have been performed locally and internationally. In 2012, he released a CD dedicated to clarinet music of Cypriot Composers.
Georgiou was appointed Director of the Pallas Theatre, Nicosia in January 2014.