P. Georgakopoulos is a drummer and percussionist from Rhodes. At the age of 13 he started drumming lessons with teacher Nikos Hassapis, while at the age of 15 he had already started working as a musician in various bands. At the age of 18, he moved to Athens, where he attended the professional program of the Philippos Nakas Conservatory and obtained his diploma in drums, under the guidance of Dimitris Christodoulakis.
Upon graduating in 2017 he won a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music, and also from the Philippos Nakas Conservatory. During his two-year training in Boston, in 2018 his professors and Berklee Percussion Department Director, Omar Hakim, selected him for the "Armand Zildjian Percussion Endowed Scholarship" award. In 2019 he obtained his diploma with a major in Performance and a minor in Music Production & Engineering.
In the US he participated in the 10th anniversary of the Middle Eastern Festival, opening the concert of the Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan with the Middle Eastern Fusion Ensemble of Berklee with professor Christiane Karam. In addition, he was the percussionist of the 1st Epirotian music concert in America (TSAI Performance Center - Boston) with Petroloukas Chalkias, Kostas Tzimas, Vasilis Kostas and Beth Bahia Cohen. In the same period, he played at the concert for the acquisition of the lute of Christos Zotos by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and also at the concert of the Berklee graduation ceremony at the Agganis arena where Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott and Alex Lacamoire were honored.
In 2020 he returned to Athens. Since then he has been playing and collaborating with renowned artists in concerts and recordings. He is currently a member of the bands of P. Mouzourakis, M. Kana, N. & G. Stratakis, L. Balafas, Frank Panx & Saltadoroi, Mickey Pantelous. In 2022 he became a member of the band Kepler is Free, playing drums in the live recording of the Spike Lee track in collaboration with LEX.
He has been on stage with: Victor Wooten, Marko Djordjevic, Tom Oren, Jon Finn, Steven Kowalzyk Santoro, Brian Zajmijn, Felice Pomeranz, Chase Morrin, Vessela Stoyanova, Vasilis Kostas, Petroloukas Halkias, Kostas Tzimas, Christos Zotos, Yiotis Samaras, Kostas Konstantinou, Thodoris Kotonias, Nikos Ziogalas, Saveria Margiolas, Stavros Siola, Pantelis Benetatos, Dimitris Sevdalsi, Stavento, Ivi Adamou, Valantis, George Nikiforou Zervakis, Argyris Loulatzis, Idra Kayne and others. He has taken classes from: Dave Dicenso, John Ramsay, Larry Finn, Jon Hazilla, Kenwood Dennard, Ralph Peterson, Bertram Lehmann, Bob Tagmani, Sean Skeete, Yoron Israel, Henrique de Almeida, Tony "Thunder" Smith, Skip Hadden, Bob Gullotti, Billy Kilson, Jerry Leake, Mark Walker, Steve Wilkes, Gustavo Agatiello, Robert Kaufman, Stanton Moore, Dimitris Antoniadis, Dimitris Christodoulakis, Stefano Dimitriou, Michalis Kapilidis, Nikos Hasapis, Dimitris Klonis and Ilias Doumanis, as well as seminars, clinics and masterclasses by: Dave Weckl, Jack Dejohnette, Nate Smith, Virgil Donati, Jojo Mayer, Tony Royster Jr., Eric Harland, Gergo Borlai, Benny Greb, Pete Lockett, Keith Carlock, George Kollias, Ralf Gottleb, Ernesto Simpson, Spyros Panagiotopoulos , Kallistratos Drakopoulos and Fotis Yiannopoulos.
He has played in festivals such as: CRASHfest (House of Blues Boston), Richmond Folk Festival, Berklee Middle Eastern Festival, Berklee International Folk Festival, International Percussion Festival Primitivo (Miami), Rhodes Jazz Festival as well as in theaters such as: Agganis Arena, Berklee Performance Center, TSAI Performance Center, David Friend Recital Hall, Red Room at Café 939, clubs and bars such as: City Winery Boston, Lillypad, Lizard Lounge, Thunder Road, DROM NYC, Colony Woodstock, Engine Room New York, ShapeShifter Lab etc. As of the academic year 2023-24 he teaches drums at Philippos Nakas Conservatory.

Panos Georgakopoulos

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