Vasileios Kostas (Vasilis Kostas) was born in Ioannina, Greece in 1990. He began his musical training in guitar at the age of five under the guidance of his father. At the age of sixteen, and after being exposed to extensive musical education, Vasileios started composing his own music. At this time he also received a special award in the prestigious Panhellenic Student Competition in Traditional Music. A year later, in 2006, he returned to the competition to claim the first prize.
In 2008 he was admitted in the Faculty of Philosophy in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where he completed his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Education. Concurrently, he was admitted at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory to further his education in guitar under the tutelage of Makis Stefanidis, and John Papatriantafyllou, specifically in jazz harmony and improvisation. Vasileios was awarded the equivalent of “summa cum laude” for his studies at the conservatory upon his graduation.
In the summer of 2011, Vasileios attended jazz seminars in Perugia, Italy, organized by the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He left Italy with an “Outstanding Musicianship” award, which distinguished him among many respected candidates. A few months later he auditioned for a Berklee scholarship in Athens. In spite of the arduous process and the immense competition, Vasileios managed to secure a high scholarship available for prospective students at Berklee. His personal compositions, which played a vital role in obtaining the scholarship, were sent to a scholarship composition contest organized annually by the Berklee College of Music. As a result, Berklee in collaboration with Philippos Nakas Concervatory in Athens renewed Vasileios’s award in the following years, conferring two additional scholarships in order to begin his studies in Boston.
Vasileios has played alongside prominent musicians such as Ernesto Hermoza, Beth Bahia Cohen, Kostis Kyritskis, Giannis Papatriantafyllou and Sotiris Katsouras, while his Professors at Berklee include Ed Saindon, Simon Shaheen and David Fiuczynski. Other Collaborators include:Antonio Serrano, Ernesto Hermoza, David Fiuczynski,Beth Bahia Cohen, John Lockwood and the Greek performer Areti Ketime.
In June 2014 he collaborated with the Mediterranean Institute of Music in Spain where he played traditional songs from Greece, his birthplace, with his new instrument, “Laouto.” His audience was distinguished Flamenco musicians such as Pepe Habichuela and Jose Merce. He subsequently recorded some Greek music in Madrid in the studio of Javier Limon, one of the most accomplished music producers.
In September 2014, Vasileios began his second year at Berklee in Boston, one of the four thousand students at the institution; yet, the only one who represents Laouto and the cultural legacy of Epirus within Berklee’s robust musical community.
In April 2015 Vasileios was awarded ''For Outstanding Musicianship'' from the Mediterranean Music Institute of Berklee College of Music.
Emerging as a Laouto player he has toured the US presenting mainly northen-Greek music as well as recorded with noted piano player Lefteris Kordis and Berklee CWP dept. Chair Matthew Nicholl