Costas Karpasitis

Costas Karpasitis was born in the village of Mammari in 1965. He has a Diploma in Violin Performance and in Advanced Theory of Music, but is also versed in a number of other instruments. He is, furthermore, a qualified piano tuner and repair specialist, as well as a music educator for the blind. 

In 1991, he began playing Cypriot traditional music as a violinist for the refugee folk group Adoulotoi – Shakallis. It was then that his close collaboration with traditional Cypriot singer Michalis Terlikkas also began. Terlikkas brought Karpasitis into contact with older folk instrumentalists as well as with older recordings, both of which formed the model for the latter’s own interpretations. Within the scope of this collaboration, Karpasitis has taken part in international festivals, radio and television programmes, and many concerts both in Cyprus and abroad. As a violin player, he has appeared on Michalis Terlikkas’s CD Ton Gennon tzai tis Lambris (Christmas and Easter Songs; 1998), Kypraia Foni – St’ Agnarka ton Tzairon (Cypriot Voice – Tracing Back Through the Years; 2002), and Kypraia Foni – Kalos Irtan Oi Xenoi Mas (Cypriot Voice – A Welcome to Our Guests; 2008). He has been a member of the Mousa music troupe since 1991.