A native of Athens, Greece, Kostas Tiliakos has been principal oboist in the Greek National Opera Orchestra in Athens since 1997. Previous to this, he held the position of Solo English Horn for eight years. An avid lover of contemporary music, he has been a member of the Hellenic Ensemble for Contemporary Music since 1990 and has premiered and recorded works by contemporary composers, many written for him. He has also recorded solo and chamber music works on Wandelweiser (Germany), Lyra and Irida Classics (Greece) and has been broadcast on radio and television throughout Europe. Internationally, he has appeared as soloist throughout Europe, Africa, Canada and the U.S. During his time in Greece, Kostas was a sought-after music journalist and editing consultant with Lambrakis Press SA and 4pi Special Editions, the two largest publishing organizations in Greece.
Kostas studied Biology at Athens University and holds a BA in European Cultural Studies. He received his Masters of Music from UW-Madison under Marc Fink where he was a Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellow. His principal teachers have included Marc Fink, Claude Chieulet, Didier Pateau. He has also studied with Paul Dombrecht and Hansjörg Schellenberger. Most recently, Kostas was selected for the position of Adjunct Professor of Oboe at UW-Madison.