Born in Athens, Greece in 1962. Prior to moving to the U.S. in 1985, performed in small jazz groups while pursuing a degree in Economics. Earned BM and MM degrees in music from Boston's New England Conservatory while studying with Paul Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Dave Holland and Joe Maneri (composition) among others. Studied and performed extensively the music of Thelonious Monk and Lennie Tristano and in 1991 compiled a collection of all of Monk's compositions.
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Over the course of nearly 20 years and approximately that
many recordings, Karayorgis has established himself as one of
the singular, and significant, pianists of his generation.
... by this stage, Karayorgis has developed a powerful piano
language of his own and this is its definitive statement to date.
The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings, (8th Edition) in
reference to solo piano CD Seventeen Pieces (2004).