Rodos Panagiotou was born in Limassol on July 1st, 1977.
He brought up in a family with a musical
background and his interest in drums and
percussion was obvious since he was a
toddler as he banged with his hands or
small branch sticks on with anything that
he could make a sound.
Self-taught, he started to play drums at the early age of eight on a small four
piece jazz kit his father bought him. At the age of ten, he began performing for
several years in his family group, which included his dad playing guitar, his
brother on bouzouki and his sister on vocals. The family group played for local
weddings, parties and season festivals all over the island. At that time, Rodos was the youngest drummer to perform live in Cyprus. At the age of sixteen, he was already performing alongside a variety of well-known singers from Greece
and Cyprus (Nicos Xanthopoulos, Yiota Lydia, Stratos Kiprios, Spiros Zagoreos
and Petros Anagnostakis).
After graduating from high school and finishing his army services, he attended
percussion and drums lessons and gained a diploma in 1999 from the Hellenic
School of Music at which afterwards he was teaching drums for two years. The
same year he was asked to join and perform with the New Dimensions, the most
famous jazz band on the island at that time, as well as with other local latin, rock
and jazz bands. He also performed at the Nicolas Economou Jazz Festival in Limassol.
In 2000, Rodos left Cyprus and entered Rotterdam Conservatorium where he
studied for five years drums and percussion focusing his studies on Latin-Jazz
and World music. In Rotterdam, he recorded and performed with local latin and
jazz bands at Heineken Music Hall, De Dulen Theatre, Dizzy Jazz Café and
many other places in Hague and Amsterdam.
Coming back to Cyprus in 2005, he taught for two years at a private Primary and High School as well as giving private drums and percussion lessons. Since 2007
until today, he is teaching drums and percussion at the European University as
well as at the University of Nicosia.
As a distinguished musician he was given the golden opportunity to perform,
cooperate and accompany, both as a drummer and as a percussion player, with
other famous singers from abroad such us George Dalaras, Marios Fragkulis,
Kostas Makedonas, Pantelis Thalassinos, Vasilis Lekas, Demetris Mbasis,
Manolis Lidakis, Mihalis Violaris, Kostas Hadjis, Vasilis Saleas, Viki Leandros,
Debora Meyers, Nena Venetsanou, Glikeria, Miltiadis Pashalidis and Stefanos
Korkollis. He also recorded and performed with several local bands and singers.
Since 2005, he plays with Andreas Georgiou, a well-known Cypriot guitarist and
composer of ethnic jazz music. Together they have performed all over Europe
and recorded Andreas Georgiou 11th album.
In June 2009 after hard work and determination, he set up “Batukinio” the first
percussion group in Cyprus. They performed for the first time at the grand
opening of the Cyprus Small Countries Games and then in several events
throughout Cyprus. Today the percussion group “Batukinio” consists of 35
percussion players of various ages.
In May 2011, he performed and recorded live in a tour in Cyprus with the famous
flamenco guitarist Hernan Romero. At the same year, he also performed with the
well-known band “Blues Wire"