Professional Guitarist, Oud Player and Composer based in London.
Born in Larisa, Greece, he has been playing music from the age of 10. He took his first lessons on the greek Lute by Yiorgos Deligiannis. Later he studied the Oud with Kuriakos Kalaitzides and guitar with Kostas Maginas in Thessaloniki. At the age of 17 he started performing professionally as a Guitarist and Oud player in local clubs, theatres and festivals across Greece. In 2005 he moved to London and studied at The London Guitar Institute/ Guitar X. He was taught and inspired by great guitarists such as Shaun Baxter, Mike Outram and John Wheatcroft, and was awarded the prestigious title of ‘Best Guitarist of the Year’ in 2008.
During this time Stefanos performed as a guitarist with Andy Thunderclap Newman, and collaborated with London based musicians such as Rom D Collective, Andrew Mckinney, Vasilis Xenopoulos and Duncan Eagles among others. He also lead the world music group Anosis and his own Jazz Fusion Trio.
As a Blues guitarist, Stefanos has performed with Joshua Blue, Sam Kelly, Alix Antony and Robin Bibi, and he also played Jazz Funk as a member of The Groove Warriors with Dave Clayton and Vic Bynoe. He has also performed and recorded on Oud for Noraay Means Light, the Iota Group and currently Melange Collective.
Stefanos is well known for his versatility and ability to move across styles and genres on both the Guitar and Oud, and his musical style incorporates Blues, Rock, Jazz and Mediterranean sounds. His main influences are: Jim Hendrix, SRV, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Jeff Beck, Wes Montgomery and many more.
At present, Stefanos is part of three exciting projects:
- Acoustic trio with bassist Dave Jones and drummer Eric Ford
- Modern Jazz trio with bassist Kevin Glasgow and drummer Emiliano Caroselli
- Guitar Duo with guitarist Benjamin Gasiglia Katz
In 2017 he is about to release his first album, “Native Speaker”with Dave Jones on bass and Eric Ford on drums.
He frequently performs with fine musicians such as Maurizio Minardi, Demi Garcia Sabat, Shirley Smart and Peter Michaels at venues such as: Barbican free stage, Pizza Express Soho, The Vortex, Wiltons Theatre, 100 Club, The Bulls Head (Barnes) and Half Moon (Putney). In 2016 Melange released their album ‘Via Maris’ and they performed live on World on 3 Sessions on BBC Radio 3.