Stavros Lantsias was born in Nicosia-Cyprus in 1966. He studied classical piano and music theory continuing his studies in Boston-United States at Berklee College Of Music where he graduated in 1990. He there received the “Count Basie Jazz Masters Award for pianists 1989” and the “Quincy Jones Jazz Masters Award for arrangers 1990”. After Berklee he continued his jazz piano studies with jazz “guru” Charlie Banacos.
Stavros Lantsias is in high demand as a pianist and arranger, always active performing with some of Greece’s most respected and acclaimed artists.
One of his most important projects is “Human Touch”, a group he has formed with long time collaborators David Lynch and Yiotis Kiourtsoglou. In their two studio recordings, “Human Touch” (LYRA1998) and «Movin’» (LIBRA 2004), apart from composing and playing the piano Stavros expands his playing with Drums, Percussion and Acoustic Guitar. Together they have played in several international jazz and ethnic festivals in Europe, Turkey and the Balkans and their unique multi-instrumental approach has influenced whole generations of instrumentalists in Greece.
In 1999 Stavros Lantsias signed a recording contract with Warner Music Greece and since has released two personal albums “Return” (WEA 1999) and “The Journey of a Note” (WEA 2002). In these albums he demonstrates his compositional and orchestrationskills performing with both jazz and classical ensembles. His latest recording release “Diary Of Dreams” (ARGOMUSIC 2011) features the Athens Kamerata String Orchestra and world renowned musicians Peter Erskine on drums and Lars Danielsson on Bass. This compositional work was originally a commission by “Patra Cultural Capital of Europe 2006”.
Stavros Lantsias apart from performing his music in various venues in Greece and Europe is also active as an educator through private lessons and seminars-master classes.