Chara Sira

Chara Sira, born in Athens-Greece, studied at the Hellenic Conservatory under Sofia Pimenides and Stelios Kafandaris and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris under Jean Sulem and Bruno Pasquier.  She was awarded a unanimous First Prize with a special distinction in viola in 1994, and went on to complete her training at the Bordeaux Conservatory under Tasso Adamopoulos.
During her studies, she was awarded scholarships by the greek and the french governement and the A.S. Onassis Foundation.
Member of the New Hellenic Quartet from 2001 to 2007, she has recorded works from Skalkotas, Respighi, Nielsen and Koshkin  for BIS and has appeared in several chamber music festivals in Europe, the US and Asia.
As a soloist she has performed with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Athens Camerata, the National Radio Orchestra and the "Orchestra of Colours".
A former principal violist of the National Radio Orchestra and the ‘Orchestra of Colours’ in Athens, she now holds the same position in the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki.
She is a member of the “DissonArt Ensemble”.
She teaches at the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki, the "Lefkada Music" summer course and the International MusikTage Brache, in Germany.