Andrikos Nikos

Nikos Andrikos was born in Mytilene in 1982. In the age of seven he started studying ecclesiastical music with Protopsaltis (First Chanter) Theodoros Maniatis. During 2000-2004 he participated in the scientific programme of Manolis Hatziyakoumis “Monuments of Ecclesiastical Music”. He lived in Istanbul from 2004 to 2007, working as a chanter in the first choir of the Ecumenical Patriarchate next to the Archon Protopsaltis (Master First Chanter) of the Holy Great Church of Christ, Leonidas Asteris and conducting various researches in the field of musicology. In 2002 he commenced his studies in Turkish folk music, learning the saz under the instruction of Periklis Papapetropoulos and also attending to seminars in the musical workshop of Lavyrinth in Houdetsi. During his stay in Istanbul received training and education from the old generation TRT artists such as Mehmet Erenler (saz), Yücel Paşmakçı (Turkish folk music styles/attitudes-compilation methods), Şahin Gültekin (Vocal training/Repertory). At the same time, he attended a postgraduate programme at the University of Haliç as a guest researcher, in the field of the folk idiomatic music of the Turkish territory. In 2010 he presented his PhD thesis with the title of The Greek Orthodox Ecclesiastical Music of Smyrna (1800-1922) to the Department of Musicology at the Ionio University and therewith he received his doctorate degree. At the same time, he has carried out anthropological research, focusing on the Northeast Aegean region, by recording musicians coming from Asia Minor and collecting rare archives (collections of musical manuscripts, historical recordings, etc). In 2009-2011 he worked as an associate professor at the Faculty of Traditional Music of Epirus Technical University in Arta and taught Church Music, Saz and Makam Theory.He has published papers in scientific journals and made announcements in musicological and historical conferences. His scientific interests are related to the musical production of late-Ottoman period, the idiomatic character of the oral dimension of the Ecclesiastical music and the modal systems can be detected in the urban and rural regions of the East.

In 2011, he founded the Eastern Music Education Center (KESAM) on the island of Mytilene. Today, he still continues to direct this center which is carrying out various activities in the fields of research, performance and education. The KESAM Music Center provides education to students, researchers and musicians from all over Greece and from foreign countries such as Spain, France, Turkey, Holland, Cyprus, Israel and Italy, who are interested in the Eastern Music and its education. KESAM continues the projects and research programs supported by the European Union as well as being home to concerts and recordings performed by the Ottoman Musical Orchestra formedat the institution.

Nikos Andrikos gave concerts and performances both at home and abroad in many countries (Germany, Portugal, England, Italy, Israel, Bulgaria, Turkey, France) and collaborated with artists such as Derya Türkan, Göksel Baktagir, Yurdal Tokcan, Haig Yazdjian and Bican Chemirani. In 2014, he released his first album, MOTİVASYON which was comprised of his own compositions in the musical forms of Saz Semaîsi, Oyun havaları and Zeybek.

In 2017 KALAN MÜZİK released in Turkey his second album SEDEF, including compositions made both in the instrumental musical forms (Saz Semaisi, Taksim) and in the vocal musical forms (Şarkı, Kanto, Gazel)which belong to the centuries-long tradition of Ottoman music in terms of form, style and attitude. In 2017, he was selected as a Full time Associate Professor by the Faculty of Traditional Music of Arta Technical University.


The Ecclesiastical Music of Smyrna (1800-1922),

1st edition (2012) Thessaloniki: edit. Metheksis

2nd edition (2015) Athens: edit. Topos

The “Laikoi Dromoi” in the urban music in interwar period-Treatise about the phenomenon of modality in urban popular music,

(2018) Athens: edit. Topos (to be published)


“The ecclesiastical music production in 20th-century Lesvos: a historical – stylistic approach” (2010) Polyphonia, Athens: edit. Koultoura

“The hybrid system of “Laikoi Dromoi” and the necessity of its alternative re-approach” (2010) Music (and) Theory, Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, Department of Traditional Music, Arta

“Polichronismoi” and Laudatory Canticles to the Sultan Abdülhamit II set to music by Ecclesiastical composers”, (2012) Mousikos Logos, Ionian University, Department of Music Studies, Athens:edit. Gavrielides

“Georgios Kretikos as composer, collector and transcriptionist of rural and urban songs”

(2018) Lesviaka, Edition of the Institute of Lesbian Studies, Mytilene (to be published)

“From personal Innovation to Acceptance beyond local Boundaries
The Case: Sticheraric Hymn “At the Tomb (Mary Magdalene) sought Thee” (2018), with Stavros Sarantides, VII Congress Musicological and Psaltic, Theory and Praxis of the Psaltic Art, Morphology-Aesthetics, Institute of Byzantine Musicology, Athens (to be published)

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