Composer

After receiving his Classical Harmony, Fugue, and Counterpoint degrees with honours, Kostis began studying contemporary composition, supervised by the composer Stathis Oulkeroglou in Athens. He became familiar with the 12-note system, and composed several solo pieces for flute & piano. In 2009 he was offered a place in the Masters course in Film & TV composition at the University of Bristol. Under the supervision of William Goodchild and Martin Kiszko he completed his Masters with distinction, studying Film Analysis, Media Composition, Electronic/Studio Composition, Orchestration and Instrumentation, along with Advanced Acoustic Composing Techniques taught by one of the leading contemporary composers in Europe, John Pickard. After successfully completing his Master’s degree, Kostis was accepted as a PhD candidate in Acoustic Composition at the University of Bristol, under the supervision of Neal Farwell. During his masters and PhD years Kostis has been commissioned to compose for over 20 films, promotion videos, documentaries and computer games.

As a concert-music composer, Kostis has completed many solo and ensemble works, including String Quartets, Full Orchestral Pieces and smaller scale works.

Recently he finished a new piece for chamber orchestra, under the supervision of Bruce Broughton, an established American film composer known from many films scores in Hollywood.

Percussionist

Kostis became familiar with percussion instruments relatively early in his life, while listening to his father playing the drums day and night in his childhood home in Athens. He started playing drums at the age of 7 “playing along” with CDs of Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, TOTO and Chris Rea. Although mainly a pianist, his early jobs as a session musician required him to perform drums and other percussion around Greece. This fact played a major role in Kostis’s compositional character, employing a variety of rhythmic and polyrhythmic elements in his concert and film music, dominated by percussive sounds and patterns.

At the age of 20 he came across the Peruvian percussive instrument cajon, and after collaborating with the German flamenco guitarist Roland Hoffmann, Kostis started preforming cajon intensively in world-music groups around Greece.

Kostis’s first appearance in discography was as a drummer and founding member of the group Mat Se Dyo Ifesis (Checkmate in Two Flats) from Athens, with whom he now counts 4 CDs and quite a few collaborations with established Greek singers and instrumentalists.

As a drummer, he has performed with blues and trip-hop bands around Greece and world-ethnic bands around Europe.

Pianist

Kostis started classical piano lessons at the age of 5, under the supervision of Despina Stefanidou, an established piano teacher in Athens. He received both his Piano Degree and Piano Virtuosity Diploma with Honours. Whilst Kostis was studying classical piano, he started becoming involved with contemporary and jazz music and, at the age of 13, started jazz piano and contemporary harmony lessons with Petros Chatzigeorgiou, an established soloist, composer and musical director in Greece. While continuing his piano studies, Kostis had lessons of baroque (fugue & counterpoint), classical and contemporary harmony, all resulting in degrees with Honors.

As a pianist, Kostis has performed in a plethora of concert halls and festivals around Europe, including the Epidaurus Theatre accompanied by the “Athens Camerata” string orchestra, and Colston Hall, Bristol, co-performing with Bristol Ensemble and Martin Kiszko (worldwide established film composer). He has also performed as an accompanist alongside several choirs in the UK.

As a composer, Kostis has scored quite a few piano solo/ensemble pieces, performed by him and other pianists. Most of his film compositions include piano pieces or piano-based themes that contribute to his personal compositional character, blended with rich orchestral and electronic sounds.