Terry was born in Athens, Greece. She started taking music lessons at the age of 12, but her first experiences in local choirs began earlier as a child. In 2004 she was accepted at the Music Department of the Ionian University in Corfu. Influenced by the strong presence of the universities jazz department, she decided to become an improvisational musician and to emphasize on jazz studies. There she studied and worked with renowned musicians like George Kontrafouris, Dimos Dimitriadis, Vasilis Rakopoulos and Dimitris Kalatzis. At the same time she was a bandleader and a member of professional bands performing different music styles in venues around Greece. For five years she participated in Ionian Jazz Summer Academy in Corfu where she studied with international jazz vocalist such as Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Katchie Cartwright and JD Walter.
With the intention to concentrate further in jazz singing she moved to New York in 2011 . She was awarded with the Fulbright Scholarship and the Onassis Foundation scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree at Aaron Copland School of Music. During her studies she was a semifinalist at the 2012 European Jazz Competition "Voicingers" that took place in Zori, Poland. In New YorkTerry performed regularly with her own projects in venues including "Le Poisson Rouge", "Cornelia St Cafe", "Swing 46"," Somethin Jazz Club","Silvana" .
Qualia is Terry’s debut album. It is an attempt to communicate feelings and states of awareness that people may experience throughout their life. Each song resembles an emotional landscape reflecting on reality at that time. The album consists of 10 original songs written by Terry during the past five years and is inspired by life and travels between Athens and New York City. Terry's collaboration with the Philippos Nakas Conservatory started in 2018.

Tery Vakirtzoglou

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