Watch Elias Kokkoris play and it's not long before you realise that he is not just another classical double bassist.
Described as easy going by his peers, those who have watched him play often comment that they are mesmerised by his performances, as he seemingly becomes one with his instrument.
Elias took an interest in the double bass at an early age and his parents and school teacher's soon recognised his gift for music. He was awarded a music scholarship to attend Emmanuel College and achieved his Bachelor of Music, majoring in Classical Double Bass at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU), most recently and with the support of the Australian Arts Council, Elias spent three months in late 2018 studying under the tutelage of Francois Rabbath in Paris, France.
Elias’ passion for the double bass extends beyond his classical training to other genres, everything from Jazz to Pop to whatever the project entails.
Elias has been greatly influenced by Francois Rabbath's approach to the double bass, not being afraid to implement new and unconventional techniques to enhance his playing when required.
He believes that the sound of his instrument not only shines as an orchestral accompaniment but also as a beautiful solo instrument.
During the last four years he has performed with a variety orchestras and ensembles, lead by renowned conductors and music directors. Outside of his past tertiary commitments Elias has been principle bassist with the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra, the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra and was principal bassist for the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2015.
Elias continues to play a part in both the Brisbane and Gold Coast music scenes in various genres, bringing his own unique and enthusiastic approach to all projects.