Orestis Koletsos is a native Greek. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Biology from the University of Athens, and has conducted research for the European Union under the title "The Role of Women in Significant Fishing Areas". Orestis is fluent in English and French. Orestis is co-owner of Ekkremes Publications, his family book publishing company located in Athens, which publishes books on ancient and contemporary philosophy, literature, essays and biographies. Here he has done everything from con... [more]
Orestis has been teaching Greek music from the past 16 years. He has worked for 15 years as a professional musician. He is a successful songwriter with everyday airplay in Greece and numerous appearances on television and radio shows in Greece over the past 10 years. Orestis has performed at the most important venues of Greece and has been collaborating with famous singers and musicians with numerous appearances on Greek television and radio. He released a personal CD in 2014, showcasing famous singers which, since then, has been receiving radio play. Orestis organized 5 concert tours of California and 4 concert tours of Cyprus with Greek music. Recorded for important recordings and performed in numerous concerts throughout Greece, Cyprus and California.
I have a deep knowledge of Greek which is my native language. I hold a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Athens, am co-owner of a successful book publishing company in Greece (Ekkremes Publications) and am currently teaching Greek at the Greek School in Sacramento, Ca. My wife and I are raising our child in a bilingual household. I have been playing bouzouki professionally for 17 years and teaching for 7. I know the Rempetiko and Laiko repertoire intimately, along with the history of this music. I am also a successful songwriter and lyricist.