John Psathas

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musician and composer (1966)
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John Psathas was born in Wellington New Zealand July 3rd, 1966. He is a famous Music Composer and a retired Professor at the New Zealand School of Music. 

He has worked in the stockpile of such high-profile musicians as Evelyn Glennie, Joshua Redman, New Juilliard Ensemble, Michael Brecker, and Michael Houston. 

Childhood And Education 

The retired Professor of New Zealand music school was born in Wellington, New Zealand (1966). He was raised by his parents Emmanuel Psathas and  Anastasia Psathas. John grew up in a small New Zealand town, Taumaranui. 

Portrait Photo of John Psathas wearing brown sweater and grey t-shirt.
Portrait Photo of John Psathas (source: Victoria university of wellington)

He went to Napier Boys' High School and left early to study composition and piano at Victoria University Of Wellington. 

Family Of John

John is from Anatoliki Thrace Family. His parents settled in New Zealand in 1960. His father's name is Emmanuel Psathas and his mother's name is Anastasia Psathas. 

His family started the restaurant business in a small New Zealand town, Taumaranui. His father and mother had two children, one son, and a daughter. His sister's name is Tania  Psathas.

Relationship Status

John Psathas's marital status is single, he is not in a relationship with anyone till now. Further information about his relationship is undisclosed.

Career And Collaborations

After completing his Master’s degree, John studied and worked for 2 years in the USA and Belgium. He supported himself as a student partly by playing up to nine gigs a week in a jazz trio. 

He got success in 1991 with Matre's Dance, a maximum-energy duet for percussion and piano.

John's made his name international through having been taken up and championed by percussionist Evelyn Glennie. He has also collaborated with many famous personalities like Kristjan Jarvi, Lara St. John, Edo de Wart, Joanna MacGregor, Pedro Carneiro, and many more.

Royal Connection

John is a famous composer and has collaborated with many talented famous royalty peoples like Michael Brecker, Serj Tankian, Salman Rushdie, and others in royal places like London's Royal Albert Hall and Royal Gala.


John's is one of New Zealand’s most internationally acclaimed composers and has received numerous awards and honors. His music has achieved a lot of international success unprecedented in New Zealand history.

He received a Laureate Award in 2003. He also won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award (2002 and 2004) for individual works and three for Classical CD of the Year (2000, 2004, and 2007). 

Net Worth Of John Psathas

New Zealand’s most internationally acclaimed composer John Psathas had earned a lot of money.  He is also considered one of the three most important living composers of the Greek exodus.

His main source of income is music composing and collaborations. John Psathas's Net Worth is USD 3 million dollars.

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