Stavros Lantsias: Piano
Yiannis Papagiannis: Oboe
Nikos Sidirokastritis: Tympans
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Alfredo Shtuni: Violin
Monica Dhamo: Violin
Altin Thanasi: Viola
Granit Camperi: Violoncello
Haig Yazdjian: Oud, Voice
Stavros Lantsias was born in Nicosia-Cyprus in 1966. He studied classical piano and music theory, continuing his studies in Boston, MA at Berklee College of Music where he graduated in 1990 with a bachelor of music degree in arranging. He also received the Count Basie Jazz Masters Award for pianists in 1989 and the Quincy Jones Jazz Masters Award for arrangers in 1990.
After Berklee, he continued his jazz piano studies with highly respected educator Charlie Banacos. Lantsias is in high demand as a pianist and arranger, actively performing with some of Greece’s most respected and acclaimed artists. One of his most important projects is Human Touch, a group he has formed with long-time collaborators David Lynch and Yiotis Kiourtsoglou. In their first studio recording, apart from composing and playing the piano, Stavros expands his playing with drums, percussion and acoustic guitar.
In 1999, Stavros Lantsias signed a recording contract with Warner Music Greece and since has released two solo albums: Return (November 1999) and The Journey of a Note (April 2002). In these albums he demonstrates his compositional and orchestration skills performing with both jazz and classical ensembles.
His last album Diary of Dreams was released in 2011.
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