Theodora Athanassiou




Theodora Athanassiou was born in Athens and holds a degree in Education Studies from the University of Patras. She taught herself the bouzouki and baglama and, at 11, she took up classes on repertoire and modes of folk guitar. For the last 20 years, she has been focusing her studies on the Eastern system of melody types (makam) on the lavta and yaili tanbur. She has also been studying rythmology for traditional percussion at the Municipal Conservatory of Patras. She also holds the special diploma in Higher Theory of Western Classical Music and a diploma of Byzantine Ceremonial music. She has extensively studied vocal pedagogy and registration for Eastern repertoires and has teamed up with physical performer, Irini Athanassiou, to lead workshops, master classes and courses on physical voice