nikos ordoulidis

Nikos Ordoulidis studied at the University of Leeds, UK (PhD in popular musicology & ethnomusicology; and master’s degree in music performance) and at the University of Macedonia, Greece (bachelor’s degree in music science and art). His doctoral dissertation concerned the discographical work of Vasilis Tsitsanis and the problems of research into Greek popular music. His research interests revolve around the condition of musical syncretism in popular music. Moreover, the performance techniques and the musicological research on the role of the piano in folk and popular musical styles of Eastern Europe, Balkans, Mediterranean and Middle East constitute his latest research activity. He has published texts that concern historical discography, the piano within folk-popular contexts, intellectual property and the issue of musical referrals, popular music in education, the ecclesiastical music of the Orthodox Church, rebetiko, the participation of the Greek Jews in the Greek territory et al. He is an active composer with six discographical works; a member of the Modern Greek Studies Association, of the International Council for Traditional Music, and of the Hellenic Musicological Society. From 2014 until 2018, he taught as an Academic Scholar at the Department of Folk and Popular Music, of the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus. Since 2018, he has been teaching at the Department of Music Studies of the University of Ioannina. Since January 2020, he has been undertaking a postdoctoral research, titled ‘the eastwards heterotopias of the piano’, funded by the State Scholarships Foundation. He has published three monographs: The recording career of Vasílis Tsitsánis (1936-1983). An analysis of his music and the problems of research into Greek popular music (Ianos, 2014); Cloudy Sunday and the Akathyst Hymn – A Mirroring or a Reflection? (Fagotto, 2017); The Eastern Piano Project – The Rebetiko Era (Prigipessa, 2018).


Books and Book Chapters

Ordoulidis, N. (Ed.). (2021). Tradition and Music - From Byzantine to Modern Years. Conservatoire of the Diocese of Veria [pending publication / in Greek].

Ordoulidis, N. (2020). The Lost Pieces of the Thessaloniki Puzzle: The recording File of Alberto Nar. In L. Nar (Ed.), Remember: Holocaust Survivors Sing Sephardic Songs (pp. 8-24). Ianos [pending publication].

Ordoulidis, N. (2020). Musical Nationalism, Despotism and Scholar Interventions in Greek Popular Music. Bloomsbury [pending publication].

Ordoulidis, N. (2018). The Eastern Piano Project - The Rebetiko Era. Prigipessa [in Greek].

Ordoulidis, N. (2018). Reaffirming the Popular. In E. Ntourou, & P. Frountzos, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Tis gerakinas gios (pp. 6-11). Hot Doc [in Greek].

Ordoulidis, N. (2017). Great Vespers of Osios and Theoforos Patros Theophanes (Byzantine sheet music). Fagottobooks.

Ordoulidis, N. (2017). Cloudy Sunday and the Akathist Hymn – A Mirroring or a Reflection? Athens: Fagottobooks [in Greek].

Ordoulidis, N. (2015). A Popular Musical Symbol. In D. Maniatis (Ed.), Tsitsanis Hommage (pp. 112-115). Ta Nea [in Greek].

Ordoulidis, N. (2014). The Recording Career of Vasílis Tsitsánis (1936-1983). An Analysis of his Music and the Problems of Research into Greek Popular Music. Athens: Ianos [PhD thesis translation in Greek].



Articles and Conference Proceedings

Ordoulidis, N. (2020). Documentation of Historical Recordings in Greece: The Case of Rebetiko. Paper: 1st Annual Conference of Music Libraries and Archives (21-22/4). Athens: The Greek Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres [in Greek / pending publication].

Ordoulidis, N. (2020). The 'Ecumene' of the Greek Estudiantinas. Conference on the Social, Cultural and Economic History of İzmir and the Region. Hrant Dink Foundation, Izmir (24-25 November 2017) [pending publication].

Ordoulidis, N. (2020). Athens: Tatavliano / New York: Beykos. 'Variations, processes, transformations'. Annual conference of the Hellenic Musicological Society, Thessaloniki (1-3 December 2018) [in Greek / pending publication].

Ordoulidis, N. (2020). The Princess' Wandering. In G. Kokkonis, & S. Koziou (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th panhellenic conference (18-20 October 2019) (pp. 185-203). Centre for Historical and Folklore Research "O Apollon" Karditsa - University of Ioannina, Department of Music Studies

Ordoulidis, N. (2019). Approbations and Rejections in the Arrangements of the Rebetiko Songs of the Album “Six Popular Pictures”. Round table: High-Status and Popular Intertexts in Modern Greek Music. Case study: ‘Six popular pictures’ by Manos Hadjidakis. In Chardas, Vouvaris, Kardamis, Sakallieros & Foulias (Ed.), Effects and Interactions (pp. 668-678). Thessaloniki: The Hellenic Musicological Society [in Greek].

Ordoulidis, N. (2018). The Piano in Greek Popular Orchestras of the Previous Century. An Overview of the Material. 1st Interdisciplinary Symposium of Tradition and Culture (pp. 59-66). Corfu: Estia Politismou Kerkyras [in Greek].

Zoubouli, M., & Ordoulidis, N. (2018). ‘For the Craftsman, Borrowing is one of their Tools of Originality’ (K. Palamas). The Rebetes’ Trial (pp. 45-51). Athens: School of Popular and Traditional Music and Law School of Athens [in Greek].

Ordoulidis, N. (2015). Urban Popular Music in the Greek Education System: Some Problematic Issues. In Foulias, Vouvaris, Kitsios, & Hardas (Ed.), Music and Musicology. Present and Future (pp. 204-209). Athens: The Hellenic Musicological Society [in Greek].

Ordoulidis, N. (2014). Article of Vasilis Tsitsanis. Grove Music/Oxford Music Online.

Ordoulidis, N. (2011). The Greek Popular Modes. British Postgraduate Musicology, 11.



Conference Papers

Ordoulidis, N. (2019). The Piano in Greek Popular Orchestras of the Previous Century. An Overview of the Material. International Conference: Popular Music of the Greek World. British School at Athens. Athens, Greece (May 17–18).

Ordoulidis, N. (2018). The Maestro's Riddle - The Pseudonyms "Moraitis" and "Georgiadis" of Spyros Peristeris. Coference title: "The other self: Cryptonym, Identity and Distinctness in Artistic Creation. Music Village, Agios Lavrentios Pilio (August 17-18).

Ordoulidis, N. (2018). Deconstructing Dipoles: the Term ‘Minor’ in Smyrna. Fifth International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM 2018) & Eighth Folk Music Analysis Workshop (FMA 2018). Thessaloniki, Greece (June 26–29).

Ordoulidis, N. (2018). The Eastern Piano: an Introduction and Certain Special Cases in Point. The 12th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group Mediterranean Music Studies ‘Music and Sound at the Mediterranean Crossroads’. Morocco (19-24 June).

Ordoulidis, N., Moysidis, G., Ntousaki, E., Thani, E., Ioannou, A., & Papaioannou, E. (2018). A Pianist from Smyrna to Athens - The Family Archive of Mitsos Mertikas. Workshop for the study of the piano in popular music, School of Popular and Traditional Music, TEI of Epirus. Greek Branch of IAML, 2nd Conference of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres.

Ordoulidis, N. (2017). Cosmopolitan Music by Cosmopolitan Musicians: The Case of Spyros Peristeris, Leading Figure of the Rebetiko. Conference Paper, 'Creating music across cultures in the 21st century, The Centre for Advanced Studies in Music (25-27/5). Istanbul Technical University.

Ordoulidis, N. (2015). 'Every Port is a Sorrow': The Bounds Between Sea and Misery in Greek Songs. Paper: International Conference: Thalassic Imaginaries: The Mediterranean Sea in Language, Art and Other Forms of Representation (23-24/1). Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta.

Ordoulidis, N. (2012). The Minore Dhromos [Popular Mode] in the Songs of Vasilis Tsitsanis. Paper: 1st Conference about the Life and Times of Vassilis Tsitsanis (9/12). The Institute of Rebetology, London, School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Ordoulidis, N. (2011). The Greek Laiko (Popular) Rhythms: Some Problematic Issues. Paper: 2nd Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts (6-9/6). Athens Institute for Education and Research.



Compositions / Discography / Projects


Ordoulidis, Ν. (composer), Religious music for SATB choir and orchestra.


Ordoulidis, Ν. (composer), Waltz and nocturnes cycles for solo piano.


Ordoulidis, Ν. (byzantine choir member) CD album: ‘Idou anavainomen – Hymns of the Holy Week’. Byzantine music choir of the Conservatoire of Naoussa.


Ordoulidis, Ν. (composer, pianist), Official Tourist Guide of Naoussa.


Ordoulidis, Ν. (composer), 1st prize ‘Choir composition’. Wok ‘Kyrie Eleison’ for SATB choir and orchestra. 3rd International Competition of Volos.


Ordoulidis, Ν. (composer, pianist, singer), 1st personal CD album: ‘Two faced dream’ (independent label).


Ordoulidis, N. (composer), 2nd personal CD album: ‘Peace by Aristophanes’. Work for symphonic orchestra and children choir (independent).


Ordoulidis, N. (composer, pianist, singer), 3rd personal CD album: ‘Flower scent’ (independent).


Ordoulidis, N. (composer, pianist, singer), 4th personal CD album: ‘Lyrical horizons, 10 popular songs for piano & voice’ (independent).


Ordoulidis, N., The Eastern Piano Project (


Ordoulidis, N. (compsoer, pianist), Musical-drama reading ‘Saint Ignatius the Godbearer’. Work for three soloists, Byzantine choir and piano.


Ordoulidis, N. (composer, pianist), Music written for the short film ‘Alone’.


Ordoulidis, N. (composer, pianist), 5th personal CD album: ‘The Eastern Piano Project – The Rebetiko Era’ (Melissa music).

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