Lived in Stockholm from 1981-1990 and studied with Alvaro Is Rojas (formerly with Josephine Baker, Grady Tate, Joe Farrell) and Ola Bengtson (head of Jazz Department, Stockholm Royal Academy).
Through 1990-1994 attended Berklee College of Music having partial scholarship (Magna Cum Laude, Professional Performance Achievement Division Award) and studied guitar with Jon Damian (tutor for Bill Frisell, Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel), and attended classes under the direction of Rick Peckham, Hal Crook, Fred Lipsius (Blood Sweat and Tears) as well as having external private lessons with Jerry Bergonzi.
Started working professionally in 1983. Since then has performed across all genres (Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Greek folk music) in Sweden, USA, Serbia, Greece, Cyprus and England, with numerous appearances in live music venues, on Greek national TV and international festivals.
Since 2003 he holds a MMus (Masters in Music Performance) through Leeds University.
Currently teaching as a principal lecturer on BA Jazz, BA Pop (principal studies, ensembles) at Leeds College of Music (2003-present).
He has frequently performed all over England and Greece for the last 10 years, participating in tours and recordings as a leader and with world renowned artists, such as David Liebman (2005, 2010), Adam Nussbaum (2007, 2010, 2011) and Greg Hutchinson (2015).
Latest projects are with George Kontrafouris & Adam Nussbaum released on FMR records and a duo recording with Matt Anderson on New Jazz Records.
Jiannis Pavlidis - Guitar
Garry Jackson - Bass
Luke Flowers - Drums