Besides his musical education, Aris Garoufalis is a Law school graduate of the University of Athens. He has been awarded with First Prize and Excellence Proficiency from the National Conservatory (1958), First Prize in the Panhellenic Competition for Young Pianists for the Year Chopin (1961) and First Prize in the Panhellenic Competition for Young Musicians organized in 1963 by the Salonica State Orchestra in collaboration with "Techne". In 1973 the Athens Academy awarded him the "Spyros Motsenigos" Prize for his whole musical activity.
As a soloist he has cooperated with all the symphonic and chamber orchestras of Greece, the Orchestra Kamerata Academica of Salzburg, the Orchestra Pro Musica of Oxford, the Singapore Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sofia Radio - Television Orchestra, the Frankfurt Philarmonic Orchestra (Oder), the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, etc.
He has given numerous recitals both in Greece and abroad (Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Yugoslavia, Cyprus, Egypt, and Syria). He is Director and Piano Professor of the Athens Conservatory, Director of the Athens State Orchestra, President of the Board of Directors of the "Gina Bachauer" Music Society, General Secretary of the Board of Directors of the "Maria Callas" Scholarship Foundation, Honorary President of the Greek branch of the International organization E.U.P.P. (European Union of Piano Professors), President or member of jury in many Panhellenic and international piano competitions.