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Department of Music Studies


Position: Professor

Sector: Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology

Tel. office: 210 7277935 -936

No. office: 925

Floor: 9th

Days and hours at the office: After appointment




Born in Athens (1959).

-Studied the Law at the University of Athens (1977-1981).

-Piano with George Daskoulis. Theory of Western Music at the Hellenic Conservatory of Athens and with Yannis Ioannidis.

-Byzantine Music and Greek Folk Music with Simon Karras.

-Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology of Southeast Europe with Paul-Henri Stahl and Ethnomusicology with Claudie Marcel-Dubois and Magie Andral at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris-France (1981-1986, with a scholarship of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation).


Academic Career

He taught (407/80) in the Faculty of Social Anthropology of the Aegean University (1989-1992).

In 1992 he was elected assistant professor, in 1998 associate professor and in 2009 professor of Ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Music Studies of the School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is Head of the Sector of Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology.


Scientific Interests

His research interests include the Traditional Greek Music (with an emphasis on the local musical dialects and the folk musical instruments), the Urban Folk Music (Rebetiko, Greek shadow-theater) and the Modern Greek Song. He also works on Museology, archives-organization and Cultural Management. He has conducted field researches and musical recordings throughout Greece and the Greek-speaking villages of Southern Italy. He collaborated with Fivos Anoyanakis in the founding of the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments-Centre for Ethnomusicology, of which he was the President (1991-2014).

From 1995 to 2004 he was the general co-ordinator (along with Lucia Droulia) and director of the music group in the research project “Musical tradition: Thrace-Eastetn Macedonia” of the “Friends of Music Society” and collaborated at the establishment of the relevant archive and database in the “Music Library of Greece Lilian Voudouri” (

He has edited books, recordings, cd-rom and documentary films, and organised exhibitions, conferences, educational programs, festivals, concerts and music theater performances concerning the Greek music in Greece and abroad.


University Courses

"Introduction to the Traditional Greek Music", "Greek Folk Musical Instruments", "Urban Folk Music", "Historical Review of the Greek song".

He also taught the seminars "Methodology of the ethnomusicological field-research" and "Music in the Greek shadow-theater".

At the same time, he teaches the course "Music and Cultural Management" in the Post-Graduate Program of the Faculty of Music Studies and in the Interdepartmental Post-Graduate Program, in association with the Faculty of Communication and Mass Media.



2010. The Greek song from 1821 to the 1950. Ed. Commercial Bank of Greece

2010. To mikrovio tou Erota (The germ of Love) - Tribute to Costas Yannidis. Greek National Opera

2008. Thimisou ekeina ta chronia (Remember of those years) - 100 years of Greek Operetta - Tribute to Th. Sakellaridis. Greek National Opera

2007. Music from the Dodecanese – The Hellenic Musical Map. Foundation of the Greek Parliament (3 CDs and 1 DVD)

2006 (ed.). Field recordings in Crete, 1953-1954. Material from the ethnomusicological research of Samuel Baud-Bovy. Centre of Asia Minor Studies - M.L.A. M. Merlier

2002 (ed.). Music and dances of Crete. Athens Concert Hall (+ CD)

2000. Greek folk musical instruments. Ministry of Culture and Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments

1999a. "Music of Thrace research." In: Music of Thrace. Lucia Droulia-Lambros Liavas (ed.). Association of Friends of Music-Research Program “Thrace”. 1999: 23-38

1999b. "The musical instruments in Evros". In: Music of Thrace. Lucia Droulia-Lambros Liavas (ed.). Association of Friends of Music-Research Program “Thrace”, 1999: 269-340

1997. Songs from the Dodecanese. Greek Parliament (3 CDs and 1 DVD)

1996. Greek folk musical instruments (CD-ROM). Association of Friends of Music-Music Library Lilian Voudouri

1991. «Silk Roads and Fiddle-bow Roads». Proceedings of the Conference “Cultural Exchanges between East and Greek Area”. Unesco – Greek National Research Foundation, 1991: 173-186.

1989. Catalogue du Fonds Samuel Baud-Bovy. Genève, Conservatoire de Musique.

1987 (ed.). Music in the Aegean. Ministry of Culture and Ministry of the Aegean.


Artistic Interests

He organized festivals, concerts and music-theater performances throughout Greece and all over the world (Cyprus, Italy, Spain, France, Monaco, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Yugoslavia, Turkey, Tunisia, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Uzbekistan, India, China, Vietnam, USA and Australia), in collaboration with institutions such as the Presidency of the Republic, the Hellenic Parliament, the Ministries of Culture, Education and Foreign Affairs, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls, the Greek Cultural Foundation, the European Cultural Centre of Delphi, the Cultural Olympiad, the International Olympic Committee, the European Parliament, Unesco, the Greek National Television etc.

He was the artistic director of the performance “Olympia and Athens Greet Beijing”, the opening ceremony of the Olympic Festival of Beijing in China (2008).

He is a producer of radio and TV broadcastings on the Greek and foreign folk music. The “Salt of the Earth – To Alati tis Gis” is the longest running broadcasting of its kind (since 1981), and since 2012 is presented as a regular TV-show on the Public Television ERT1.

He also worked on research, music editing, text writing and artistic direction in performances of ancient drama ( "Ecclesiasouses" at the Ancient Epidaurus Theatre), of opera and musical-theater (National Opera, Athens Concert Hall, National Theater of Northern Greece, Badminton Theater etc) and contemporary dance (“Roes” dance-theater). He wrote and directed a theatrical performance based on the narration of the Izmir singer Angela Papazoglou, performed by Anna Vagena. He was the writer and artistic director of the performances of Greek Operetta at the Greek National Opera (2007-2011).