Lefteris Kordis

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.”

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
from Jazz Masters

“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

“In these times, when there is great need of fresh examples of intercultural dialogue, Lefteris Kordis's music is an abundant source of inspiration.” ~ Danilo Perez

from the Media

“Kordis made his miracle! [...] He carries multi-genre and multi-cultural musical influences, all of which are essential to be a creative, complete and multi- dimensional musician.” ~ Dimitris Trikas ( - December 14, 2014)

”Pianist Kordis is a masterful musician whose nimble mind can perform the most amazing spontaneous improvisations on any given theme, lightning fast in his fingering and always in precise coordination with the singer and others

Read more

Primary Instrument


Willing to teach



Areas Jazz Improvisation (all instruments) Composition Music Theory Eastern Mediterranean Styles (Theory & Practice) Teaching Philosophy Holistic and individualized are two terms that sum up Lefteris Kordis’ teaching approach. He emphasizes on guiding students to experience and learn music first on an instinctual, and later on an intellectual level. He provides various tools that can assist students to develop improvisation skills; transcribe music (aurally, notated, or both); learn a variety of musical languages with emphasis on jazz and folk music; compose new music; strengthen the musical ear; and physically experience rhythm

Read more

6 Photos View in Slideshow



Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY IT!  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.