Louis Dalaveris was born in Greece and grew up in Pennsylvania, USA. He studied with several local teachers during high school, and then attended Columbia University where he majored in Chemistry and minored in German Literature, and also studied piano with Niels Ostbye. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and then attended Johns Hopkins Medical School, followed by a residency in Ophthalmology. He is currently in private practice in New York City and also attends the Evening Division of the Juilliard School where he studies with Eva Kovalek. He has participated in numerous amateur competitions and has advanced to the semifinals in those of Paris and Berlin and to the Finals in Washington and New York.