Tolis Zavaliaris is a guitarist, composer, and tutor living in London. Born in Orestiada a small town in Northern Greece, he started playing guitar at the age of 14, and by the age of 16 was performing in Greek clubs with many bands and famous artists.
Tolis relocated from Greece to London in 2001 where he studied a three-year degree course at the world famous Guitar Institute. After his graduation he was invited to join the Institute as a guitar teacher and tutor. Since then he has collaborated, performed, and toured with many artists such as Vanessa Mae, Livan, Anna Savege, The Duvets, The Locals, Me’sha Bryan, Killiopi, and many more. He has also worked with producers Peter Greenwell (Flop-Star), Benny D (Depeche Mode), John Robertson (Morcheeba), David Crefield (Kaiser Chiefs). He has recorded two CDs as a leader Sounds from the Past (2007) and II (2009) and is regular contributor to Guitar Techniques magazine and All Out Guitar.
In May 2004, Tolis won the prestigious ‘London Guitar Hero’ competition, which took place at the Wembley Conference Centre. He endorses Musicman guitars and Line 6 products and also holds regular clinics in the UK and Greece.