George Bellas started playing guitar at the age of 7, on
a Classical guitar his father had bought him. On the way home
from getting the guitar, in the back seat of the car, George
started to play. When he got home, he ran all around the neighborhood
playing his new guitar. The next day at school, George checked
out every single music book in the school library, went home,
and began his quest to obtain an absolute understanding of
every detail in music theory. George began practicing and
studying really hard at first, to the point of which his fingers
began bleeding. He would put band-aids on them and continue
practicing. His influences include: J.S.Bach, L.V.Beethoven,
Franz Liszt, Paganini, Debussey, Walter Piston, Ted Greene,
Robin Trower, Montrose, Van Halen, Michael Schenker, Dream
Theater, Magellan, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine, Jason
George began performing live very early on, and gigged extensively
with his bands: Union Jack, Destiny, FreeFall and Prodigy,
while continually studying Music Theory, Harmony, Rhythm,
Counterpoint and Form. George began teaching guitar in his
early teens and opened a school of music called "Prodigy's
School Of Music". During this time he continued to perform
live with his bands and compose a seemingly endless amount
of music. George had an attraction towards Classical counterpoint
and odd rhythms very early on and are now a unique signature
of his style.
George's compositions include progressive odd-meter/ exotic
scale music, Neoclassical, straight forward rocking vocal
tunes and pure Classical, orchestral /soundtrack music. George
exhibits great technical prowess and a beautiful sense of
melody, harmony and finesse.
George sent demos of his compositions to Shrapnel Records
and President Mike Varney immediately recognized George's
talent and versatility. He signed George to a solo deal and
flew him out to California to record his first album. The
musicians were: Deen Castronova - Drums, Kevin Chown - Bass,
Matt Guillery - Keyboards, Brad Kaiser - Drums, Mike McCarron
- Drums, George Bellas - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards. He recorded
in December of 1996 and his first album "TURN OF THE MILLENNIUM"
was set to be released on May 21,1997.
Shortly after signing with Shrapnel Records, George got a
call from Mike Varney asking him if he would be interested
in joining UFO. Phil Mogg and Pete Way decided on George after
hearing George's playing and song writing. George began travelling
to Pete Way's house and began writing and arranging the songs
with both Phil Mogg and Pete Way. After meeting several times
and developing the songs, it was time to fly out to San Francisco
and record the album. The recording took place in February
1997 at Prairie Sun Recording Studios, CA. The band consisted
of Phil Mogg-Vocals, Pete Way-Bass, Ansley Dunsbar-Drums,
George Bellas-Guitar with special guest Eric Martin-Vocals
(Mr. Big). Due to legal reasons, that were un-resolvable at
the time, the band went under the name MOGG/WAY and released
their first album entitled "EDGE OF THE WORLD".
And in between those 2 albums George managed to write a bunch
of songs and record an album for John West entitled "MIND
JOURNEY". That album was recorded in January of 1997 and again
at Prairie Sun Recording Studios as well as at James Murphy’s
Sound Temple Studio. The album was released in May of 1997
on Shrapnel Records.
George finished his 4th album for Shrapnel Records in November
of 1997. It is an all instrumental neoclassical album, rich
in classical counterpoint and ripping guitar. The line up
was: Deen Castronova-Drums, Barry Sparks-Bass and George Bellas-Guitar
& Keyboards. This album is titled "MIND OVER MATTER" and was
released in February of 1998.
George also composed music for the 2nd John West CD entitled
"PERMANENT MARK" which was released in the 2nd quarter of
In March of 1998 world famous classical pianist Vitalij Kuprij
flew to Chicago to record an all instrumental album entitled
"EXTREME MEASURES" for Shrapnel Records. George engineered
all the keyboard and guitar tracks at his studio. The album
is neoclassical in style and is a showcase of mind boggling
chops performed by the two virtuosos along with Jon Doman
- Drums and Jon Onder - Bass, quite an incredible performance!!!
After finishing the album with Vitalij, George began writing
music for a new album, which includes this incredible singer
out of New York named Matthew D. Guarnere. George and Matt
are working under the name "AUDIODROME".
Early 2001 George recorded "The Oracle" with the new band
"Ring Of Fire". The band members were Mark Boals-Vocals, Vitalij
Kuprij-Keyboards, Virgil Donati-Drums, Philip Bynoe-Bass,
George Bellas-Guitar. Tracks were cut in Chicago, Steve Vai's
"The Mothership" studio, Eric Norlanders "Think Tank Media
Studio" as well as "The Green Room". The album is a fierce
collection of well crafted songs with very nice Neo-classical
melodies, chord progressions and great virtuosic performances
by everyone. Any fan of the Neo-classical style should definitely
have a listen to "The Oracle".
4th quarter 2001 George completed a 12 CD-ROM guitar course
called "The George Bellas Instructional Series". This series
is for anybody interested in developing better guitar technique.
The course will continue to be updated and expanded upon as
new technologies become available.
During the summer of 2001 George began developing music education
software called "Maestro". The software covers a range of
musical elements, while examining George's particular guitar
and compositional style. Maestro was released 2002.
During the Fall of 2002, George recorded and released another
album called "Hundred Year Flood" with the progressive rock
group "Magellan". The band members are Trent Gardner-Keyboards/Vocals,
Tony Levin-Bass, Joe Franco-Drums, Ian Anderson - Flute, George
Bellas-Guitar and others. The album ‘Hundred Year Flood’ was
released September 10, 2002 on Magna Carta Records.
During January 2003, Bellas Music Studio Inc., George's primary
media production company, released several music education
software titles: EarTraining 1.5, GuitarPaper 1.2, Metronome
1.0, StudioLog 1.0 and GuitarTuner 1.0 for Mac OS X. A set
of music tools written by George Bellas. The George Bellas
Instructional Series continues to gain increasingly popularity
amongst an army of students and educators worldwide.
June 2003, George Bellas signs with Lion Music. George’s album
“Venomous Fingers”, is released November 18, 2003 on Lion
Music and picks up stellar reviews over the globe.
2007 sees George gearing up to release 2 new albums on Lion
Music, one a new vocal project entitled ‘Palace Terrace’ and
a new solo album entitled ‘Planetary Alignment’.