Greek saxophonist and composer Dimitri Vassilakis was born in Athens 21 October 1961 and studied Chemical Engineering at the Athens University obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree (1986). Until 1985 has leaded with brother Pantelis Vassilakis the avant gard new wave band Art of Parties on bass/vocals. He then moved to London and studied saxophone, piano and composition at the London College of Music with the aid of the Onassis Foundation. He graduated with Honors with an additional Diploma in Classical Saxophone (1990) and won national UK competitions and the LCM Society prize.
He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music (Advanced Studies in Jazz Saxophone and Composition) gaining a scholarship from the British Council and was awarded the LRAM diploma in jazz teaching (1991). Being one of the key members of the International Association of Schools of Jazz and representative for Greece, he has traveled extensively playing at many Festivals and conducting workshops in the US, England, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland and the Balkans.
He has taught at Ph. Nakas conservatory (1991-2000) directing the big Band and presenting a series of educational programs at the Athens Concert Hall. Has taught at the music departments of the Athens, Aristotle and Macedonia Universities (2000-2007) as a lecturer, while completing a Ph.D. and is the author of awarded educational books for saxophone and jazz.