Stratos Kountouras is a professional bass player and a bass tutor. He was born in Serres, Greece, where he took his first piano lessons at the age of 12. He quickly realized the importance of music in his life and soon he started being involved in numerous bands and projects around the area. He moved to the United Kingdom where he began playing the electric bass while attending university. He studied electric bass, music technology and electroacoustic composition next to Neil Harland and Tim Garland. He is an owner of a BSc and two Master Degrees in Computer Music and Studio Composition (MMus & MSc). He teaches electric bass and computer music at the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece in parallel with his Ph.D. research. He currently plays bass for Luna Obscura, Varathron, Methods, and One of Discord. He has also released a solo electroacoustic/soundtrack album under the name Cygnus. He is a session player for various popular artists.