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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.
"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."