Stavros Lantsias (Σταύρος Λάντσιας)
Born: 1966, Nicosia (Cyprus)
Stavros Lantsias studied classical piano and music theory at the Greek Conservatory in Nicosia, before he went to the Berklee School of Music in 1986. In Boston, he graduated with a bachelor degree in commercial arranging in 1990, meanwhile winning the Count Basie Jazz Masters Award for pianists (1989) and the Quincy Jones Jazz Masters Award for arrangers (1990). In 1992, he moved to Athens, where he has worked as a pianist, composer and arranger for pop singers (e.g. George Dalaras, Alcinoos Ioannidis), television programmes, and stage shows since; in 1995, he was the musical director of a Greek version of ‘West side story’. While releasing albums himself with his interpretations of jazz and pop compositions, he also is a member of the jazz trio Human Touch.
Stavros Lantsias conducted two back-to-back Cypriot Eurovision entries: ‘Mono gia mas’ for Constantinos in 1996 and ‘Mana mou’ for Chara & Andreas Constantinou in 1997. Both of these efforts finished amongst the first then, the latter one equalling Cyprus’ best result, a fifth place.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Stavros Lantsias will be published on this website
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