Manos Kourtis was born in Thessaloniki of Greece on the 4th of August 1980. From a very young age he showed all his interest in music. This automatically drove him to private lessons, learning the classical guitar at the age of 9, with Michael Hatzianastasiou.
At the age of 15 he records his first album, "Forever", with his band "Creation's Ode".
By the age of 16 he becomes a well known guitar player in his home town, collaborating with several artists of pop, rock, metal and Greek tranditional music.
At the age of 18 he meets Vaggelis Tsotridis, with whom he starts private lessons in jazz guitar. At the same period, he studies classical harmony at the concervatorium of Kostas Matsigkos. He completes his studies in 2005 and recieves his diplomas in Classical Harmony and Electric Guitar.
All over the years he's worked with several famous singers and musicians of his country.
While building his career, he is also teaching jazz harmony and guitar at music schools and conservatoriums. At the same time, he is playing at concert halls, giving a lot of seminars and recording several albums all over Greece.
In 2006 he is encouraged by Vaggelis Tsotridis to take the exams at the Universal of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, which he passes with full success and studies there for the next years. Meanwhile he is taking classes of jazz music with worldwide known musicians, such as Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Mike stern, John Scofield, John Ambercrombie, Joshua Redman, Charlie Haden, etc.
He graduates in 2011 with the title of Jazz Harmony specialized in Jazz Guitar.
All these years, his need to express his love in music, has made him compose several albums and create studies of music, having as a main goal to find and present his personal inner.
Today Manos Kourtis is a teacher and composer, with his own albums, based on his personal musical forms, always searching new paths in music harmonies and forms, in order to develop his own style.
at Duende Jazz Bar
James Wylie (s), Philippos Kostavelis (p), Petros Damianidis (b), Alexis Makatselos (d)
at La Latina