Spiros Karagkounis was was born in Greece in 1983 and started playing classical guitar at the age of 10. At that time he started playing Greek Folk music in school bands. At the age of 15 he picked up his first electric guitar, after that, his love for music became a way of life. In 2001, he moved to Athens and studied electric guitar with a well known rock-metal guitarist named Theodore Ziras. Three years later, he attended and completed a Rock course at the ‘Art Music School of Athens’. All the time, Spiros Karagounis had proven to himself that he is willing and determined to work as hard as it takes in order to achieve his targets as far as his performance skills were concerned.
In 2006, Spiros relocated to London in order to study and work as a professional musician in the London scene. He registered at the Guitar-X of London for further music studies and attended lessons with some of the very finest guitarists such as: John Wheatcroft, Iain Scott and Mike Outram. He graduated 3 years later getting his Bachelor (honors) Degree, in Music Performance & Composition.
His style in improvisation has been influenced by his passion for music and made him develop an individual and unique approach. He draws influences from guitar greats such us Jimi Hendrix, Albert Collins, Grant Green, Frank Gambale, Scott Henderson etc.
Spiros is currently performing with his Jazz Duo ‘The London Jazz Instrumental Jazz Guitars’ and other bands, working as a session guitarist and performing all around London.