Panayiotis Kokoras studied composition with Yannis Ioannides and Henri Kergomard, and classical guitar in Athens, Greece. In 1999 he moved to England for postgraduate study at the University of York where he completed his MA and PhD in composition with Tony Myatt. His works have been commissioned by institutes and festivals such as the Fromm Music Foundation (Harvard), IRCAM (France), MATA (New York), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), IMEB (France), and have been performed in over 400 concerts in 150 cities around the world. His compositions have received 48 distinctions and prizes in international competitions, and have been selected by juries in more than 120 international calls for scores. His sound compositions explore significant influences of the electroacoustic studio upon acoustic instrumental compositions and vice-versa. As an educator, Kokoras has taught at the Technological and Educational Institute of Crete, and since October 2005, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).