Described as one of “Canada’s finest flutists” by the CBC, Louis Papachristos has had the pleasure to perform for audiences internationally. He was named principal flute of Orchestra Toronto at the age of 16 and has held that position on three different occasions over the last three decades. Louis has also served as principal flute with The Sarasota Summer Festival Orchestra, The Focus Festival Orchestra in New York City, The Banff Centre Summer Festival Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, The Hart House Orchestra, The University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and for performances and recordings with professional freelance orchestras in Toronto.
As a solo recitalist and chamber musician Louis has been invited to perform at The National Flute Convention, Alice Tully Hall, The Royal Hall in England, Roy Thomson Hall, The Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, Place Des Arts, The National Arts Centre, The Glenn Gould Studio and at other concert series venues. He has had the privilege to collaborate and perform with some of the finest conductors and musicians including Sir Andrew Davis, James De Preist, Otto-Werner Mueller, Richard Bradshaw, Jose Luis Garcia, David Zafer, William Aide, The St. Lawrence String Quartet and The Amici Ensemble. Louis is frequently heard on standard and satellite radio broadcasts as a result of live performances and diverse musical CD projects that have reached gold record certification status within Canada. At the age of 17, Louis was The President’s Award Winner at The Kiwanis National Music Festival and a prize winner at the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Concerto Competitions.
Following his studies at the University of Toronto with Douglas Stewart, Louis was awarded The Chalmers Foundation Arts Grant to study with Julius Baker at the renowned Juilliard School in New York City. In addition to playing the flute he has also enjoyed teaching for the Toronto District School Board. Louis currently lives in Toronto with his wife Venessa and their two children Marina and Daniel.