About Zach Tarpagos
Zach Tarpagos was born in Greece in 1983, he studied Music at the Aristoteles' University of Thessaloniki and Flute Performance at the Greek Conservatory of Athens with Nikos Nikopoulos, before furthering his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he gained a Masters of Music in Performance with Michael Cox, and at the Strasbourg Conservatory, where he studied with Mario Caroli.
As a soloist, Tarpagos has appeared in important venues around the world including the Tchaikonsky Hall in Moscow, the Boston Symphony Hall, the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Cadogan Hall and Duke’s Hall in London, the Athens and Thessaloniki Megaron Concert Hall, the Stegi Onassis Cultural Foundation and the SNFCC Opera Hall
He is permanent member of the National Opera House in Greece and a permanent collaborator with the fast rising period instrument orchestra Armonia Atenea, with which he has repeatedly appeared as a soloist under the baton of George Petrou. Tarpagos has also collaborated with renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy and Theodore Kourentzis.
With Armonia Atenea, Zach Tarpagos has been the principal flutist for the orchestra’s recent recordings with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics, and for its European performances in Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Chateau de Versailles, Metz, Monte Carlo, Bordeaux, Brussels, Karlsruhe, and Istanbul, with the highlight orchestra’s debut performance at the BBC Proms in London. "... He brought an otherworldliness to the Dance of the Blessed Spirits…" Nahoko Gotoh, Bachtrack for BBC Proms.
Future plans include solo performances with with Armonia Atenea in Athens and in Salzburg Festival and a solo recital in Ohrid Summer Festival 2021.
Tarpagos’ chamber music activity expands all across Europe and the Far East with recent highlights his recitals at Blue Rose Hall at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He is also a keen advocate of contemporary music and has collaborated with distinguished ensembles such the Lutoslawski Quartet, presenting music by T. Hosokawa in Poland and Athens. Among the very interesting collaborations was the International Computer Music Conference, the Stockhausen Open Day in Athens and the world premiere of Andreas Tsiartas’ Taqsimi for an Armenian Lamento with Ergon Ensemble for the Pharos Arts Foundation in Cyprus.
Zach Tarpagos deeply believes that through music experience, music education and music communities humanity can discover, create and establish the tools for making this world a better place. He is participating in projects that offer stable free access to music education in different communities in challenge around the world hopping to improve the lives of children and youth, to build bridges for peace and to make a positive social impact.