Born in Athens in 1959. He studied Law at the Athens Law School, piano and Theory of European Music at the Hellenic Conservatory and with Yannis Ioannidis, as well as Byzantine and Greek folk music with Simon Karas. He was granted a fellowship by the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation and he continued his studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, completing in 1987 his doctoral thesis in Ethnomusicology: ‘The lyra in Crete and Dodecanese’.
He cooperated with the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation in musical researches and recordings in Greece and in the Greek-speaking villages of Southern Italy, in Peloponnese, and on the refugees of North Thrace. He taught at the Department of Social Anthropology of Aegean University (1989-1992). In 1992 he was elected assistant professor and in 1998 associate professor at the Department of Musical Studies of the University of Athens.
Since 1979 he has been a regular associate of the state and private radio and television stations, producing programs on traditional music. Since 1984 he has taken part in Greek and international conferences, and has been in charge of exhibitions, bibliographic and recording editions, as well as concerts of Greek and foreign folk music in Greece and abroad.