John Psathas

The works of Greek New Zealand composer John Psathas emerge from a truly dazzling 21st century backdrop, where dynamic collaboration with creative masters from all corners of the physical and artistic globe result in outcomes that are visionary, moving, and inspired. 

From genre-crossing projects with jazz legends Michael Brecker and Joshua Redman to a Billboard classical-chart-topping album with System of a Down front man Serj Tankian, John's musical journey weaves through a myriad of genres, and has moved concert audiences in more than 50 countries on all 7 continents (yes, even Antarctica).

Early collaborations included working with such luminaries as Sir Mark Elder, Kristjan Jarvi, the Takacs Quartet, the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Pedro Carneiro, the Halle Orchestra, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and many more. Then followed a period of intense creative exploration in the worlds of electronica and jazz, and a series of mega-projects, all of which led to an explosion of first-hand collaborations with artists from dozens of musical traditions spanning Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Australasia.

John's music has achieved a level of international success unprecedented in New Zealand history, and he is also now considered one of the three most important living composers of the Greek Diaspora.