Christos Tzifakis was born in Athens, Greece in a musical family. His uncles were folk musicians from Crete and his grandmother was a classical piano soloist. He chose the guitar as an instrument of musical creation since he believes that it unites these two musical worlds.
In 1988 he was accepted at the Dutch Royal Academy – Conservatorium Maastricht as an exceptional talent and studied with Kees Dirkx. He finished his studies as a classical guitar soloist in 1994 with distinction and honors “cum laude”.
During his studies in the Netherlands, he participated in prestigious guitar festivals of Europe Cologne, Amsterdam, Volos, and Cordoba, where he had the chance to interact with masters of the classical guitar such as Hubert Käppel, Thomas Müller-Pehring, Abel Carlevaro, Pepe Romero, Leo Brouwer, and Costas Cotsiolis.
In 1991 he was awarded a scholarship by the Conservatorium Maastricht and traveled to Cordoba (Spain) where he studied the flamenco guitar with Manolo Sanlucar. Returning back to Athens, he continues his formal education with Michalis Travlos (theory and composition) and Markos Alexiou (Jazz).
In 1994 he performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Limburg – the Netherlands with the Cuban composer-conductor Leo Brouwer at the podium of the maestro. This cooperation influenced him deeply and he started composing his first pieces for solo guitar soon after that. In 2003 the Greek composer Michalis Travlos composes and dedicates his “Duo Concerti” for guitar and orchestra to C. Tzifakis, who performed it with the Orchestra of the Colours- Athens under Miltos Logiades and recorded it with the Symphony Orchestra of Sofia – Bulgaria under Nick Ivaylov.
In 2000 together with the dancer Melina Ioannidou Ivanisheva he founded the flamenco-jazz group “flamenco aire” with which he performed his music at jazz-ethnic festivals, where he had the chance to cooperate with many jazz and folk musicians and dancers (Georgios Xylouris, Jim White, Megalakakis brothers), as well as with flamenco artists (Gerardo Nunez, Carmen Cortez, Oscar de Los Reyes).