Pianist, composer, and Inner Circle Music recording artist Lefteris Kordis has established himself as a unique voice in the Mediterranean jazz idiom. He grew up in a multicultural environment in Elefsis, an ancient town near Athens, Greece. Since the age of 4, he studied, performed, and composed based on a wide spectrum of genres including Greek folk, Byzantine chant, classical, jazz, and modernist/avant garde. He graduated from the Music Gymnasium and Lyceum of Pallini, the National Conservatory of Athens, and the Ionian University, and pursued a doctorate at the New England Conservatory on a Fulbright grant. He has performed at major international venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Panama Jazz Festival, Corfu Jazz World, and the Toronto Jazz Festival with such music legends as Steve Lacy, Sheila Jordan, Joe Lovano, and Robin Eubanks, among others. Kordis is currently an associate professor at Berklee and in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, teaching alongside John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Joe Lovano. He has recorded six albums and performs his music around the world.
- Career Highlights
- Recordings as a leader/coleader: Mediterrana (2016) by Inner Circle Music, Beehive Spirit (2014) (unreleased), Oh Raven, If You Only Had Brains - Songs for Aesop's Fables (2012) by Inner Circle Music, Standards (2011), Bebop Trio (2007) by Creative Nation Music, and Oneirographia (2005)
- Performances with Steve Lacy, Sheila Jordan, Mikis Theodorakis, Greg Osby, Vasilis Saleas, and Robin Eubanks
- Leader/member of Lefteris Kordis Trio featuring John Lockwood (bass), Karen Kocharyan (drums), and Lefteris Kordis Mediterrana project
- Studies with Charlie Banacos, Danilo Pérez, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Lacy, Michael Gandolfi, Ran Blake, Allan Chase, Jerry Leake, Frank Carlberg, Jerry Bergonzi, Mike Cain, Dimos Dimitriadis, and Takis Paterelis
- Classical piano studies with Eva Stange (lifelong student of Paul Badura Skoda) at National Conservatory of Athens
- Trumpet studies with Socrates Anthis and Darren Barrett
- Byzantine music studies with Grammenos Karanos and Yannis Arvanitis
- Oud studies with Malcom Barsamian
- D.M.A., New England Conservatory, jazz performance, minor in music theory
- M.M., New England Conservatory, jazz performance
- B.M., Ionian University, Corfu, Greece
In Their Own Words
"My goal is to share with students the tools and concepts which will help them build a solid foundation with respect to ear and rhythm in connection with notation and the instrument. It is my hope to see students become great listeners, not only in music, but also in every aspect of life."