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Glafkos Kontemeniotis

Glafkos Kontemeniotis was born on the island of Cyprus in 1969. He showed musical interest at an early age and began studying classical piano at the age of 9. He came to New York in 1988 and studied classical piano with Paul Sheftel and jazz piano privately with Lee Evans ,and later with Harold Danko at the Manhattan School Of Music. He received his MA in composition in 1998 from Hunter College. During his MA Studies he studied jazz piano with Mike Longo and composition with Anthony Branker. He has been working professionally as a musician since he first came to new York in 1988 and has been performing extensively within the greek and jazz communities. Performances include “Greek Musical Journey” at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and a musical tribute to the late jazz great Lionel Hampton at the Schomburg Center. He has performed in many clubs and venues including the Blue Note,Birdland,The Jazz Standard,Cape Cod Jazz Festival,92nd Street Y,Cornelia Street Cafe,Lycavitos Theatre in Greece,Antigua Jazz Festival as well in various universities throughout the country, such as Yale,Cornell,Princeton and the St Louis University . Glafkos has performed and recorded with a number of well known jazz singers and musicians in New York, including Mable Lee, Mercedes Hall,Priscilla Owens,Claudio Roditi ,Jerry Dodgion as well as the very popular Greek singer Gregory Maninakis, mostly known for his renditions of rembetika songs

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”No ordinary trio recording, Progress documents an especially sensitive performance from an exceptional pianist in Glafkos Kontemeniotis who—with this first effort as leader—succeeds in making an elegant musical statement. Glafkos and crew deliver a set of light contemporary jazz with a modern touch, well done.”

- Edward Blanco

“Glafkos plays with an unpretentious directness and clarity. Rhythmically crisp and articulate arrangements, performed with ease and swing make this a debut CD that distinguishes itself beautifully.”

-Arturo O'Farill

“The CD Progress by pianist/composer Glafkos Kontemeniotis is a wonderful project filled with writing that truly reflects his unique voice as a composer

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Yugen

Self Produced
2019

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Progress

Self Produced
2010

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