A renowned kanun virtuoso, he also played the oud and the Constantinopolitan lyra. Born in 1890 in Aksehir (Akşehir), Konya Province, Turkey, and died in 1983 in Nea Ionia, Athens.
He came to Greece after the Asia Minor catastrophe. During the German occupation, in 1941, he met Simon Karas; when the war ended, they started a long collaboration on radio shows and appearances with the choir of the ‘Association for the Dissemination of National Music’. He is considered to be the last great kanun virtuoso and a preserver of the original music tradition of Asia Minor Greeks.
In 1986 his personal album Nikos Stefanidis – kanonaki was released, part of the series Ellines dexiotechnes (Greek Virtuosos).
In Domna Samiou's Archive there is a discussion between Domna and Nikos Stefanidis, which took place on 19/12/1977.