Vassilis Kanaras was born in the village of Karpochori, Karditsa in 1959. He studied guitar under Vangelis Boudounis, Gerassimos Miliaressis, Giannis Hliopoulos, Vangelis Assimakopoulos, Costas Cotsiolis (Guitar Diploma) theory under Giorgos Sioras (Harmony Diploma). He has participated in numerous seminars with such teachers as Jesus Castro-Balbi, Hubert Kappel, Leo Brouwer, Wolfgang Lendle, Roberto Aussel, Abel Carlevaro, Thomas Muller Pering. Kanaras has performed solo recitals and has participated in various chamber rmusic groups in many concerts in Greece and abroad. He has played with the ERT Symphonic Orchestra (Herodion theatre, Megaron) as well as with the Symphonic Orchestra “Nikolaos Mantzaros” where he
performed the Heitor Villa Lobos guitar and Joaquin Rodrigo’s Andaluz concerts. In 2001 he represented Greece with his students at the International Youth Festival of 16 Southeast European Countries in Sochi, Russia. In 2006 Kanaras has recorded with the ‘Epsilon’ quintet in Christos Nikolopoulos’s “The angels guitars’’. In 2011 participated in the recording of the CD ”Ta diafana tou defteroleptou” by the traditional clarinet player Thanassis Vassilopoulos. In 2013, released his album “Cosmos Guitar”, a musical tour around the world, beginning and ending in Greece.This album won praise reviews from magazines such as ”Classical Guitar Magazine”. He has been a member of a 20-year period of the Mandolin Band and Choir “Dionysios Lavragas”, with which he has given hundreds of concerts all over Greece and has released 5 live recorded CDs. Kanaras is a guitar teacher in the Petroupolis Music School and the Panharmonic Music School. He was a professor at the Athens Conservatory in the period 1991-1999. He has been teaching consecutively from 1987-2005 in the International Guitar Festival in Volos. He has also taught at the Karditsa, Veria, Loutraki and Ermoupolis festivals (Greece). From his class they have graduated of 30 students (Diplomas and Degrees) and have distinguished themselves in Panhellenic and International Guitar Competitions and festivals having won over 130 awards. Cosmos Guitar vol.2 is a sequel to Cosmos Guitar (1) with the same musical theme but with the participation of other musical organs and other musicians.