Melbourne’s Greek community pays tribute to composer Stelios Tsiolas after sudden death

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Melbourne’s Greek community have paid tribute to renowned composer and musician Stelios Tsiolas after his sudden death this week.

Mr Tsiolas is well known across Greece, Cyprus and Australia for his work. He made a name for himself by performing well-known compositions from music greats such as Mikis Theodorakis.

In a statement issued today, the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) paid tribute to Mr Tsiolas and said they are deeply saddened by his sudden death.

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Melbourne’s Greek community pays tribute to composer Stelios Tsiolas after sudden death.

“His last performance at the 50th anniversary event of the Polytechnic Uprising in Melbourne, co-organised by our Community, is vividly imprinted in our hearts,” the statement reads.

“We also honour Mr Tsiolas’ long-term collaboration and invaluable contribution to our organisation. His musical creations are a valuable part of our cultural wealth, while his dedication to the promotion of Greek culture in Australia leaves an indelible mark.”

Mr Tsiolas was also a former music teacher at St John’s College in Preston.

At the school, Mr Tsiolas not only wrote and composed the St John’s College school song, ‘St John’s in our heart’ alongside his students, but he also performed with the St John’s College Drumming Band.

In a statement, the school expressed its condolences to Mr Tsiolas’ family.

“A much-loved and respected teacher and colleague, Stelios was supportive, optimistic, resourceful, funny and creative,” the statement reads.

“He embodied philotimo. Stelios’ legacy at St John’s College will forever be valued.”

Mr Tsiolas is survived by his wife Roula and their children.

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