Dimitris Kalantzis was born in Athens and studied piano and theory at the Music School of Athens and the Athenian School of Music, graduating with a piano and fugue degree (High Distinction). In 1990 he continued his studies at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music ( Jazz department) and graduated in 1994 attaining his Diploma with Distinction. Later on, he was awarded a music scholarship from Berklee College of Music as a result of an audition held at the F.Nakas School of Music.
He worked as a teacher at various Schools such as the Music High School of Piraeus, Athenaeum School of Music, and the Ionian University (Jazz- Department ). He has collaborated with prominent musicians of the Greek and international jazz scene such as: Andy Sheppard, Alex Foster, Ralph Peterson, Rex Richardson, Dennis Baptiste, Abram Wilson, Marcelo Peliteri, Ron Afif, Tony Remy, Amik Guerra and Takis Paterelis, Takis Barberis, Giorgos Fakanas, Dimos Dimitriadis, Dimitris Vassilakis, Alex Ktistakis,Yiannis Lukatos,Yiorgos Georgiadis, Serafim Bellos …
He has played on the following recordings : “Let the blues talk”- T.Paterelis, “Secret Path”- D. Vassilakis, “Blink ” – G.Polyhronakos, “Echos ” – G.Fakanas, and live at the “Jazz Upstairs” – Rex Richardson and other. He was a member of the National Orchestra of Greek Music under the direction of Stavros Xarhakos for few years. Within the framework of the Orchestra (K.O.E.M) he had the chance to collaborate with artists such as: Dionyssis Savvopoulos, Loukianos Kilaidonis, Notis Mavroudis, Vasilis Dimitriou, Ilias Andriopoulos, Marios Tokas, Manolis Mitsias, Dimitra Galani, Maria Farantouri
Manos 2011 – Dimitris Kalantzis Quintet & Athens Camerata – Jazz tribute to Manos Hadjidakis – Manos Hadjidakis Meets Jazz.
Modes & Moods- 2013 – Music by Mikis Theodorakis – Dimitris Kalantzis Quintet & The Patras Orchestra under the direction of Miltos Logiadis