Yiorgos Psihoyios

Yiorgos Psihoyios was born in Athens. He started accordion at the age of 14 and graduated with distinction in three years. Afterwards, He began to study the piano, acquiring his diploma within only four years with the best grade – First Prize and Distinction of Genius. He continued his studies in higher musical theory and has attended seminars in orchestra conducting, modern musical analysis and semiography. Furthermore, he has also participated masterclasses on piano and chamber music by renowned pianists Oxana Yablonskaya, Ellen Traganas, Lev Vlanskeko, Duo Ganev and Vovka Ashkenazy.

Yiorgos Psihoyios is, along with Mikis Theodorakis, one of only two composers who have represented their country with a composition (“Medusa”, Venice Biennale 2006). He has composed several pieces of classical music covering pieces for solo piano, small ensembles for wind instruments, string instruments, and symphonic orchestra. In 1994 he was awarded a second distinction among 130 candidates in the world competition “Ensemble Modern du Montreal”.

During the last few years, Psihoyios has been recognized as an inspired jazz musician. Since 2006 he has recorded three personal albums, he has participated in many more and he has performed in numerous jazz concerts and festivals, including the Baku Jazz Festival and the Jazzycolors Festival in Paris. He is the creator and artistic director of “Super Jazz Marathon/ unplugged”, which debuted with success in 2011 at the Parnassos concert hall, in Athens, Greece under the organization of spec ‘n’ arts.

Regarding Psihoyios as a musician, Keith Jarrett said the following “A great pianist and composer! Yiorgos’ improvisation is an incredible gift of God! An absolute surprise to me”.