Giannis Konstantinidis

Giannis Konstantinidis, better known in the field of light music under the pseudonym Kostas Giannidis, distinguished himself in the middle of the 20th century with his classical music works, which reveal a composer with special inspiration and deep national consciousness. His compositions are numerous, based on popular Greek motifs, traditional dances and traditional melodies. Among his three piano sonatinas, written in 1952, Sonatina no. 2 (Tracks 15-17), based on popular Greek melodies from Epirus, is dedicated to the contemporary Greek composer Argyris Kounadis.

Giannis Konstantinidis, composer, pianist and conductor, was the son of a wealthy family from Smyrna, where he took his first music lessons.
With the great Asia Minor Disaster of 1922, after many adventures and difficulties, he fled to Germany. There he continued his serious musical studies, while at the same time playing the piano in cabarets, theaters and cinemas. He dealt with musical theater for many years in Germany, but also upon his return to Greece in 1931, winning the love of the public with his romantic and love songs. His numerous revues, operettas, music for various popular Greek motion pictures and various successful light songs of the time won him awards and widespread recognition. However, from 1962 onwards, he begins to definitively abandon the light musical genre, to devote himself exclusively to the composition of serious works. The best known of these are the "2 Dodecanese Suites", the "Asia Minor Rhapsody", the "3 Greek Dances" for orchestra, as well as the "8 Dodecanese and 8 Asia Minor Songs" for a capella choir.