Primary Instrument: Guitar
Guitarist , Composer , Music Professor , Head of the Modern and Jazz Music Department at Ph. Nakas Conservatory, Athens Greece
Studies: Berklee College of Music (Jazz Performance Diploma '89 and Professional Music Diploma '88 ) , Hellenic Conservatory ( Classical Guitar Diploma '82 )
Performance: During his stay in the USA (1983-'89) he played with jazz and pop-rock groups at some of Boston's best-known clubs. He took part in several recordings in Berklee, the most important involving compositions by Rafael Reina and Jessica Lange along with the Boston Symphony Orchestra/String section. He returned to Athens, Greece in 1990 and he played with the most celebrated musicians in the local jazz scene. In 1991 he was a guest musician to perform with the Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra at a special international tribute to the memory of Maria Callas at the Herod Atticus Theatre in Athens, an event that was given live coverage by 150 television stations worldwide. Since then, Costas Baltazanis is an active jazz player performing in Greece, Spain, Finland, Israel, Luxemburg, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Germany. Some of the people he has played with are Arturo Sandoval, Kenwood Dennard, Ron Savage, Ray Santisi, Greg Badolato, Larry Monroe, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Jim Kelly, Rick Pekham....