Kosmas Lapatas decided to become a musician at the age of 8. Although he does not come from a family of professional musicians, his family was well versed musically and contributed to Kosmas’ passion for music. Chopin’s music was his first listening experience and still remains the core of his piano music. His musical influences include Glenn Gould, Lenny Tristano, Andre Previn, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Dimitris Sqouros. Most importantly, his tutors were the greatest influences as they each passed on a unique philosophy and musical style. He has now come full circle and instills those teachings on his own students. He lives in Glyfada, a city of South Riviera of Athens, Greece.
Kosmas’ musical journey includes 22 years of classical, modern and jazz piano, advanced tonal and modern harmony, counterpoint, fugue, computer-aided composition, musicology, music therapy, music technology and music production. He also holds numerous degrees and awards in piano performance, piano pedagogy, avant-garde composition, ensemble conducting and art therapy among others. He has had the privilege to study with internationally acclaimed pedagogues who also taught at prestigious institutions such as Juilliard, Berklee, Indiana, Mannes, Curtis, Harvard, Mozarteum, RAM, RCM, Guildhall and Gnessin, among others. In his earlier years, he decided that teaching would be the only thing that could fulfill his life. He takes on a more holistic teaching approach and has initiated a series of activities to enhance the musical learning and abilities of his students.
Obstacles and Goals
Through daily trials and errors, life is an endless process of continuous learning. And with that, Kosmas learns more about music, people and teaching. Kosmas notes that the teaching profession is particularly difficult and demanding but his love for teaching his four-year-old students makes it all worthwhile. He does not consider it “work” but more so a lifestyle. The biggest lesson he has learned is that you never learn unless you try different things and take on new risks on a daily basis. Kosmas hopes to teach more students and transform their lives for the better.
One Sentence to Describe Kosmas Lapatas’s Teaching
“My students are my life” by Kosmas. There are people who live in music and there are people who live through music. He never saw teaching as a profession, but see it as something which fulfills his entire life, as something he could never live without.
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