Giorgos Kontrafouris was born in Athens, Greece in 1967. He studied classical piano at the National Conservatory in Athens. At the age of 16, he turned his interest to jazz music and he followed up jazz improvised lessons with Markos Alexiou. He studied also with Jim Beard and Jarmo Savolainen. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from Sibelius Academy in Finland.
He has performed as piano or organ player with many famous and outstanding musicians such as: Mark Johnson, Arild Andersen, Marcus Stockhausen, Louisiana Red, Keith Copeland, Andy Sheppard, Ralph Peterson Jr., Bob Brozman, Carla Cook, Alvester Garnett, Stepko Gut, Olivier Gatto, David Liebman, Houston Pearson, Eric Alexander, David Sills, Lou Donaldson, Sam Newsome, Jamie Hadad, Deborah Davies, Benny Golson, Tim Hagans, Bob Shepard, Carmen Lundy, Sheila Jordan, Jukkis Uotila, Wade Mikkola, Takis Paterelis, Stratos Vougas, Dimos Dimitriadis, Lydia Fylipovic, T. Spasov, A. Pacatius.
He has been teaching jazz piano and organ for several years in Ionian University and in Athenaeum Conservatory in Greece and in Sibelius Academy in Finland.
He has already given Master Classes in various schools in Greece, Ireland, Indonesia, and Estonia so far.
o Little Daddy’s Blues, (Chicken Coup Records, 2007) with George Kontrafouris: hammond organ; Manuel Dunkel: tenor sax; Sami Linna: guitar; Jussi Lehtonen: Drums
o My only way, (Europe Records, 2002), solo piano.
o Too Close, (Legend, 2000), George Kontrafouris: piano; featuring Ralph Peterson Jr. on drums; John Papatriantafillou: bass;
o Don’t Be shy, (Lyra, 1997) George Kontrafouris: piano; John Papatriantafillou: bass; Christos Andrianos: drums.
Discography (as a sideman)
o Manuel Dunkel, Darn that Dream, (KS Jazz Records, 2007)
o Dalindeo, Open Scenes, (Ricky-Tick Records, 2007)
o Eero Koivistoinen Music Society, (Wolfgang Records, 2006)
o Dimos Dimitriadis, The Game, (A&N Records, 2006)
o Mandy Gaines & the Wade Mikkola Quintet, Taking a Chance, (AMK, 2006)
o Timo Lassy Quartet, (Ricky-Tick Records, 2005)
o Ionian Jazz Ensemble, Ionian University, (JAZZ & ΤΖΑΖ magazine, issue 120, March 2003)
o Lydia Fylipovic, Nekada (2002)
o Dimitris Vasilakis, Labyrinth, (Candid, 2001)
o Sofia Noiti, Agios Hronos, (Legend, 2000)
o Benny Golson, The Athens Sessions, (Legend 2000)
o Giorgos Polichronakos, Blink, (Legend, 2000)
o Stratos Vougas, A tribute to Hank Mobley, (Legend, 1999)
o Balkan Voices, (FM Records, 1999)
o Dimitris Vasilakis, Secret Path, (Candid, 1998)
o Takis Barberis, Naiva, (Lyra, 1998)
o Stratos Vougas, Breakin’Loose, (MBI, 1997)
o Makis Ablianitis, Flame Keeper (Thesis, 1997)
o Vangelis Katsoulis, Through the Dark, (Lyra, 1997)
o Page One, Beyond the Blue, (FM Records, 1995)
o Page One, Page One, (Utopia, 1994)
o East Vision, East Vision, (Utopia, 1994)
o Giorgos Trantalidis, AM PM (Akti, 1992)
o Takis Barberis, Are you happy, (Lyra, 1992)
o Takis Paterelis, Funky People (duet),(Europe Records, 1990)
o Takis Barberis, Something from July, (Lyra, 1989)