Yiorgos Marinakis was born in Athens in 1971, but his family is originally from the village of Ano Meria on the Cycladic island of Folegandros. He was initiated to traditional music by his father, who was a musician on the island, and who was also his first violin teacher. He was also taught violin by Yiorgos Mariolas and Byzantine music by Lykourgos Angelopoulos.
He has participated in radio and television programs, recording sessions and many live performances in Greece and abroad. He has collaborated with traditional dancing groups, cultural foundations, musicologists and researchers, traditional singers, as well as leading Greek and foreign musicians, composers, conductors and singers.
From 1992 to 1996 he taught at the Musical High School of Palene and in other music schools. Since 1995 he teaches violin in the Traditional Music Department of the 'Philippos Nakas' Conservatoire.
Source: Yiorgos Marinakis