Born: December 3, 1977
Pianist, composer, and Inner Circle Music and Creative Nation Music recording artist Lefteris Kordis was born in Athens, Greece. Since age four, and with the support and encouragement by his parents George and Peggy, he has studied, performed, and composed based on a spectrum of genres including Jazz, Western Classical, Modernist/Avant-Garde, Greek Folk, Byzantine chant (his grandfather was a cantor, whose brother directed a school of cantors), and Argentinean Tangos. His musical experiences include stints with Steve Lacy, Sheila Jordan, Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Robin Eubanks, George Garzone, Dimos Dimitriadis, Joe Hunt, Takis Paterelis, Dimitri Vassilakis, as well as Greek composers Mikis Theodorakis and Dionysis Savvopoulos, Greek pop singers Fivos Delivorias, Aggelos and Stelios Dionysiou, Greek folk clarinet players Vasilis Saleas and Panayotis Haliyannis, pontian kemence players Matthaios Tsahouridis, Mihalis Kaliontzidis, Japanese shō player Ko Ishikawa, dancer Li Chiao Ping, textile design artist Sonya Clark, and numerous theater directors, actors and poets. Lefteris has premiered compositions by Yusef Lateef, John Mallia, Gene Coleman, Johannes Berauer, Greg Bullen, Ayn Inserto, and James Grant. These works involve free and structured improvisation, prepared piano, and pre- recorded and live electronics. From 1997 to 2002, Lefteris served as a pianist and transcriber/arranger for the Greek-based “Mi bemol Quintet” performing exclusively the music of Astor Piazzolla. He has also worked as a transcriber/arranger for the Dutch “Metropole Orchestra.”...
A pianist with skill, touch, musicality and a gift for making songs from songs. Plus, he can swing! Give a listen ~ Bob Brookmeyer
A young pianist & composer who has demonstrated an exceptional creativity, in both his playing & his writing, as well as showing us all, his very strong commitment & motivation to aim for high musical goals. Talent like his is rare. ~ Steve Lacy
“Lefteris has the ability to improvise within the jazz tradition adapting to the unique needs of each musical situation, and to freely and eagerly dive into unknown musical territories, not afraid of taking risks.” ~ Danilo Perez
“A Musical Chameleon...
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundAreas Jazz Improvisation (all instruments) Composition Piano Ear Training Music Theory Eastern Mediterranean Styles (Theory & Practice) Teaching Philosophy Holistic and individualized teaching are two words that sum up Lefteris Kordis’ teaching approach. He emphasizes on helping students experience various musical styles first on an instinctual, spiritual, emotional, and physical level, and later on an intellectual level...