Alexandros Pirillis is a violinist and composer who found his love of music at an early age, being particularly inspired by the popular light classical piece, the Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms. Pirillis received support for his musical journey from his mother who was a classical pianist in Romania, and from his father who introduced him to the traditional music of Greece.
What makes Pirillis' music unique is that his compositions don't follow any set of rules, and each piece is layered to form a mosaic of melodies that compels listeners to imagine different scenes of life while touching the emotions of the listener. Which is not surprising as his motivation in developing his musical skills came by learning to play Moldavian, Hungarian and Romanian gypsy and folk music, which later led him to composing his own music, and eventually releasing several of his compositions through his own ensemble, Viocello.
Pirillis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.
"I would like to express with full heart my undying gratefulness to my lovely and supportive wife, Beti, who's personal adoration of my compositions has given me the energy and motivation to continue composing music since writing "Your Song,' my first piece that I wrote and dedicated to her so many years ago, Also, I would like to give special thanks to my mentors, Joe Marino, for introducing me to musical canon, and John McRae, for giving me the best music to learn."