George Polyhronakos


DIP, Victorian College of the Arts / Melbourne, (Music), MMus, (Honors) Ionian University, (Jazz Studies)

George Polyhronakos graduated with honors from the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne University) where he studied drums with Virgil Donati, Alex Pertout, Ted Vining, Peter Blick and Andrew Gander. During his final year (1988) he won the “Gwen Nisbet Award for Outstanding Musical Talent”. While living in Australia (1984-1992) he performed and recorded with many prominent Australian jazz musicians, such as: Graeme Lyall, Tony Gould, Lisa Young, Ben Robertson, Linda Cable, Christine Sullivan, Peter Jones, John Sangster, Joe Chindamo, Keith Hounslow amongst others and the visiting artists John Hoffman (U.S.A/Buddy Rich Big Band), Peter Leitch (Canada) and Rudolf Josel (Austria/ Vienna Philharmonic). Since settling back to Greece (1993) he is a vibrant member of the local jazz scene and has performed and recorded with an array of its distinguished musicians, such as: Dimitris Vassilakis, Takis Barberis, George Kontrafouris, Dimtris Tsakas, Antonis Ladopoulos, Takis Paterelis, Dimos Dimitriadis, Dimitris Kalatzis, Sami Amiris, Vasilis Rakopoulos, Andrea Polyzogopoulos, Lucia Palaiologou, Andonis Andreou, Christos Rafalides to name a few and the legendary composer Mimis Plessas. He has also performed with the visiting artists: Benito Gonzalez (Venezuela), Essiet Okon Essiet and Jack Walrath (U.S.A.), Andy Sheppard and Juliet Kelly (U.K.), Theodosii Spassov (Bulgaria), Tamuz Nissim & Shauli Einav (Israel), Ilhan Ersahin (Sweden), Sylvia de Hartog (Holland), Francesca Tandoi (Italy) and Jari Perkiomaki (Finland). Apart from being a member of the Takis Barberis Group, the Dimitris Vassilakis Quartet and playing with various jazz ensembles, he is a dedicated drum teacher and rhythm ensemble instructor. In 2000 he released his first personal CD with original music under the title “Blink”.