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Stavros Lantsias

The journey continues on 7/8 with the quintet of the exceptional composer, arranger and pianist Stavros Lantsias, who serves a wide range of music, including influences from classical, soundtrack and jazz music. Through his personal albums and live performances, Stavros Lantsias composes a special melodic mixture and proposes a new audio path that manages to travel the listener in such a way as to lose none of the melodic landscapes he will encounter on this trip.
Stavros Lantsias' quintet is made up of the musicians:
Stavros Lantsias, piano
Dimitris Hountis, soprano saxophone
Dionyssis Vervitsiotis, violin
Giorgos Kaloudis, cello - Cretan lyra - mandolin - percussion
Petros Varthakouris, double bass - vocals
Photos from the concert΄s evening (7/8/2014)
HD videos from the concert's evening (7/8/2014)    

Stavros Lantsias, composer - arranger - pianist

Stavros Lantsias was born in Nicosia-Cyprus in 1966. He studied classical piano and music theory. Then, he continued his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston-USA, where he graduated in 1990. He there received the “Count Basie Jazz Masters Award for pianists 1989” and the “Quincy Jones Jazz Masters Award for arrangers 1990”. After Berklee he continued his jazz piano studies with jazz “guru” Charlie Banacos.

Stavros Lantsias is an eclectic musician in high demand as a pianist and arranger, always active performing with some of Greece’s most respected and acclaimed artists.

One of his most important projects is the “Human Touch”, a jazz group he has formed with long time collaborators David Lynch (sax) and Yiotis Kiourtsoglou (bass). In their two studio recordings, “Human Touch” (LYRA 1998) and "Movin’ " (LIBRA 2004), apart from composing and playing the piano Stavros expanded his playing with drums, percussion and acoustic guitar. Together they have played in several international jazz and ethnic festivals in Europe, Turkey and the Balkans.

Throughout the years Stavros has developed a unique multi-instrumental approach playing keyboards and drums simultaneously!

In 1999 Stavros Lantsias signed a recording contract with Warner Music Greece and since then he has released two personal albums “Return” (WEA 1999) and “The Journey of a Note” (WEA 2002). In these albums he demonstrates his composition and orchestration skills performing with both jazz and classical ensembles.

His latest recording release “Diary of Dreams” (December 2011) features the Athens Kamerata String Orchestra and world renowned musicians Peter Erskine on drums and Lars Danielsson on Bass. This compositional work was originally a commission by “Patra Cultural Capital of Europe 2006”.

Dimitris Hountis, soprano saxophone





Dionysis Vervitsiotis, violin


Giorgos Kaloudis, cello - Cretan lyra - mandolin - percussion



Petros Varthakouris, double bass - vocals