guitarist - composer


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.


Manos Kourtis
So Tender
Manos Kourtis - So Tender
  • Music by Manos Kourtis

    • Tzeni Katikaridou -Vocals
    • Manos Kourtis – Guitars
    • Thomas Petrou – keys and Piano
    • Agamemnon Mardas – Doublebass
    • Dimitris Christonis – Electric Bass
    • Alexis Makatselos – Drums
    • Giannis Spanos – Drums

    MUSIC™ label : New Jazz Adventure
    Publishing : TheRoomRecordings Publishing
    Release Date : 24/09/2021
    Catalog ref. : TRR950

Manos Kourtis - Nick Ballis
Manos Kourtis - Nick Ballis - Beatlenership
  • Release Date: March 26, 2021
    ℗ 2021 New Jazz Adventure
Manos Kourtis & Vasilis Gkagkavouzis
Butterflies and Cherries
Manos Kourtis & Vasilis Gkagkavouzis - Butterflies and Cherries
  • Manos Kourtis: guitar
    Vasilis Gkagkavouzis: bass

    January 11, 2021
Manos Kourtis
Planet Earth
Manos Kourtis - Planet Earth
  • August 21, 2020
New Era Jazz Quintet
Personal Stories
New Era Jazz Quintet - Personal Stories
  • Label: New Jazz Adventure
    Date: July 15, 2020
Manos Kourtis
Manos Kourtis - Promises
  • 2018
Manos Kourtis Quartet
Manos Kourtis Quartet - Why
  • 2016
manos kourtis
manos kourtis - Underneath


Jun 29, 2022
I-deal Trio 

Manos Kourtis-Gtr
Marios Makris-Gtr
Agamemnonas Mardas-Bass

Jan 10, 2020
Manos Kourtis quartet feat. James Wylie

at Duende Jazz Bar
James Wylie (s), Philippos Kostavelis (p), Petros Damianidis (b), Alexis Makatselos (d)

Nov 9, 2019
Manos Kourtis Quartet feat. Will Brahm

at Μαρμελάδα Wine bar (Κομοτηνή)

Nov 8, 2019
Manos Kourtis Quartet feat. Will Brahm

at Μουσικό Καφενείο Σείριος (Νάουσσα)

Nov 7, 2019
Manos Kourtis Quartet feat. Will Brahm

at Duende Jazz Bar

Nov 6, 2019
Manos Kourtis Guitar Quartet

at Duende Jazz Bar

Sep 20, 2019
Manos Kourtis Quintet

at La Latina

May 24, 2019
Manos Kourtis Vocal Quartet

at Ομπρελα

Mar 30, 2019
New Era quintet

at Ομπρελα

Feb 14, 2019
Manos Kourtis quartet

at Duende Jazz Bar


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