Anesti Karantakis has been a professional musician for over 20 years. Anesti’s eclectic style and tremendous versatility make him at home in almost any style of music, including an impressive fluency on the Greek bouzouki.
He has an Honours degree in Music with specializations in Jazz composition and arranging. Since then, he’s worked with a wide variety of notable artists including Grammy and Juno nominated pop star Carly Rae Jepsen (Schoolboy/604 Records), Juno Award-winning R&B/soul artist Divine Brown (Warner), MMVA winner Fefe Dobson (Island/Def Jam), notable folk artist Dayna Manning (EMI), acclaimed country artist Beverley Mahood (Spin/EMI), Juno Award-winning rock artist Sass Jordan (Aquarius), Rockstar: INXS finalists Suzie McNeil, Tara Slone (Joydrop), Ty Taylor, Deanna Johnston, and Mig Ayesa.
He has performed on numerous recording sessions for television and radio including the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, Pan-Am Games, CBC, CTV, TVO, Comedy Network, Slice Network, HGTV, travel + escape, and Shaw Cable.
As an educator, Anesti co-created The Royal Conservatory of Music’s contemporary guitar syllabus and has instructed hundreds of students with his inspired practice and applied theory teaching method. He’s also been a faculty member at the National Guitar Workshop and the Guitar Workshop, and is currently an instructor at IMC/Camp Rock and the Oakville Academy for the Arts in addition to teaching at Metalworks Institute.