Collection: Thimios Atzakas

Thimios Atzakas was born in Thessaloniki in 1971. He studied classical guitar with Costas Cotsiolis, Hubert Käppel and Carlo Marchione. He was taught the ud and modal music by Ziad Radjab, Behnam Manadjedi and Ross Daly.

He is a graduate of the New Conservatoire of Thessaloniki and holds a post-graduate degree from the Music Academy of Köln and the Academy of Music and Drama of Leipzig. In 2013, he completed his PhD thesis on the theme “People of the Wood – The ud-istic art from the outskirts of eastern music world to the contemporary Greek urban culture” at the University of the Aegean.

During the last decade, his main avocations have been the performance and exploration of the ud and the modal eastern music traditions, music composition and improvisation. Moreover, as a performer, he also plays early and contemporary music.

He has recorded music and appeared with many distinguished musicians such as Βijan Chemirani, Madjid Bekkas, Βehnam Manahenji, Chris Dahlgren, Hayden Chisholm, Kemal Dinc, Taner Akyol, Socrates Sinopoulos, Antonis Anissegos, Michalis Siganidis, Soji Hano, Costas Theodorou, Socrates Malamas, Thanasis Papakonstantinou, Maria Thoidou and others.

In 2006 he undertook the artistic administration of the international musicians and artists forum “Music Village” (, which takes place every summer in Agios Lavrentios, Pilio (Greece).

Thimios Atzakas (photo by Jonas Niederstadt)