Panagiotis Kessaris was born in Corfu in 1971. He began studying music at the Mantzaros Philharmonic Society, under Y. Kourkoulos.
He continued in Athens under Gerassimos Ioannidis and completed his studies at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory under Sokratis Anthis, receiving his diploma.
He has also attended trumpet seminars by Bo Nilsson (1998-2001).
As a soloist, he has performed with the Athens State Orchestra, the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the State Orchestra of Cyprus, the National Radio-Symphony Orchestra Greece, the Athens Municipality Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Colours, the Patras Orchestra, the Marsyas Chamber Orchestra and the Intrarti Orchestra.
He is a member of the Brass Ensemble of the Athens State Orchestra and the Melos Brass quintet, with which he has also made several recordings (Legend Classics).
Since 1991 he has been principal trumpetist in the Athens State Orchestra. He also teaches at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory.