Born in Montreal, soprano Maria Diamantis holds a degree in Voice Performance from McGill University where she studied with Lucile Evans and coached with Dr. Robert Evans. Participating in Master Classes, Maria had the opportunity to sing for soprano Sena Jurinac and Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester. Her other studies have included summer programs with the University of Miami in Salzburg, Austria and at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. Maria has appeared in various solo performances with numerous renowned symphonic orchestras.
Tenor Dimitris Ilias, also born in Montreal, and educated both in Canada and Greece, holds a Bachelor in voice performance and a graduate Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies from Concordia University for which he received an award from the Hellenic Board of Trade. He has successfully interpreted many operatic and operetta roles while as a soloist he has sung with numerous orchestras and ensembles in Canada, Greece, and the US. Dimitris Ilias is a full member of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ) and has been an announcer and music producer for CFMB 1280 AM Radio Montreal. As a lead vocalist, he can be heard in all the Ancient Greek chants in the recent videogame megahit Assassin’s Creed Origins by Ubisoft. He is also a BOD member of the Alliance Chorales du Québec.
Hailed as “big names of the Hellenic community of Montreal” by the Journal de Montreal Maria
Diamantis and Dimitris Ilias were awarded the Medaille de l’ Assemblee Nationale du Quebec, the Canada 150 year Sesquicentennial Citizenship Award, the NEPMCC award for Culture & Living Arts by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David C. Onley and the DEKA 2010 award. They have an extensive discography which includes 5 CDs and 7 children’s musicals in collaboration with top Greek and Canadian labels and publishing houses working alongside actors like Terry Jones (Monty Python), Guy Nadon and Governor General Award-winning authors and illustrators.
Via their music organizations Chroma Musika and Panarmonia Atelier Musical, Maria and Dimitris, organize a plethora of concerts, seminars and recordings. For many years they have developed a specialized vocal workshop for children leading them to positions as the musical directors of 2 Socrates, 8 EMSB and one SWLSB Choirs. Through their Children’s book/CDs operatic productions they have exposed thousands of children from over 60 ethnic backgrounds to symphonic music while giving unique opportunities to those young choristers to
sing with renowned Montreal symphonic orchestras and learn how professional CDs are recorded in venues like Oscar Peterson Concert Hall and Église St-Jean Baptiste to name a few.
They are full members of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and have been invited to
give seminars in Canada and Greece. In 2010 they were chosen by the Greek Embassy in Washington
DC to represent Greece at the Euro Kids Festival creating a musical interactive adventure commemorating the 2500 years since the Battle of Marathon. Their most recent production “The Golden Touch” was chosen among 192 applicants to be part of the Laval 50year celebrations.