Vassilis Rakopoulos was born in Athens Greece. He got his
degree in Electrical Engineering in 1975 at METSOVION National Technical
University of Athens (NTU) and had post graduate studies both in Wave mechanics
at DIMOKRITOS NUCLEAR CENTER (1976-78) and in Operational research a at NTU
During his studies , he had been a professional musician , working as a
guitarist and arranger for various record labels. He performed with some of the
greatest Greek composers (M.Theodorakis , M.Chajidakis, N.Mamagakis etc) both
in Europe and the United States.
Also he had been active within the uprising jazz scene of Athens performing
with guests jazz musicians (Rudolf Dasek, Bella Lakatos, Johnny Labizy) winning
the guitar player position of the European jazz big band of young musicians.
He lived in Bern-CH (1980-1990) and worked as session guitarist & trumpet
player, attending the courses of the professional department of the SJS. He
studied counterpoint and fugue with M. Gutesha as well as composition and orchestration
with Axel Jungblood. He also took music pedagogy courses at the Bern
In 1986 he graduated from SWISS JAZZ SCHOOL (HOCHSCHULE der KUNST/ BERN
CONSERVATORY) with a degree in Jazz guitar
Coming back to Greece he developed his personal discography:
1. Roxani (Lyra) 2. Torch dance (e-terra) 3. Iris (protasis)
4. Enotites tris ( universel /muse.gr ) 5. ammon (muse.gr/wave)
He has performed his compositions at Athens Megaron (educational cycle),
Helikon festivals of Athens with Egberto Gismonti, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh &
Bulgarian voices, Theatre de la Ville – Paris (Iris group), international jazz
festival of Rome, A-fes Skopje, international jazz festivals of Athens &
Thessaloniki, opening events of Olympic games 2004 Heraklion Kreta.
He has got a vast teaching experience. He currently works as professor of Jazz
Guitar and Functional Harmony at Ionian University.
Concerning his compositional work, the thematology and musical idioms used,
have multicultural influences, the main characteristic being his reference to
the Greek ancient Drama principals and his preference to the classical forms
(for more details: “Greek Composers Dictionary” of A.Symeonides).