Christos

Christos Yerolatsitis

Christos Yerolatsitis is a jazz pianist from Cyprus. He started to play piano at the age of seven. After several years of classical training he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2007 with a distinction.

Afterwards he did his service in the army, where he served in the music band. That was the point when he started playing with many important figures of the Cypriot jazz scene, like Charis Ioannou, Ioannis Vafeas, Irenaeos Koulouras and Gabriel Karapatakis. Soon enough, he joined the “Cyprus Jazz Big Band”, where he was the main pianist. At the same time, Christos was also having jazz theory and improvisation lessons with his teacher and mentor Ioannis Savidis.

From 2009-2013 he followed a bachelor program at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where he studied with pianists Juraj Stanic, Jasper Soffers and Eric Gieben, and classical piano with Bert Mooiman.

From 2013 until 2015 he continued his studies in the jazz master program of the Conservatory of Amsterdam with pianists Karel Boehlee and Harmen Fraanje.

During the eight years in The Netherlands, Christos has shared the stage with some important jazz musicians of the Dutch scene, such as Benjamin Herman, John Ruocco, Simon Rigter and Ben Van Gelder.

He has attended workshops of Brad Mehldau, Jason Moran, Branford Marsalis, Enrico Pieranunzi, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jeff Ballard, Avishai Cohen (trumpeter), Jason Lindner, Nasheet Waits, Aaron Parks, Barry Harris, and more.

Christos Yerolatsitis performs on a regular basis in several projects in and around the Netherlands both as a sideman and leader. He has played in remarkable jazz clubs such as “Bird” (Rotterdam) “Bimhuis” (Amsterdam), “Miles” (Amersfoort), “DeTwee Spieghels” (Leiden), “Jamboree” (Barcelona) and “Nova Jazz Cava”(Terrassa), as well as in various festivals like “Saulkrasti Jazz Festival” (Latvia), “Summer Jazz Festival” (Den Haag), “Paradise Jazz Festival (Cyprus) and “Aglanjazz Festival” (Cyprus). In 2016 he appeared in the biggest theatres of The Netherlands with “Eef van Breen Group” in cooperation with theatre production “Borgen”. In November 2016 he released his debut album “Journey” with a voice-
piano duo “Tree of Dawn”.

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