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, Βehnam 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 (Department of Cultural Technology and Communication).
He lived in Berlin from 1998 until 2004. 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 also founded music groups, amongst others: the Armos Ensemble, the Tropos Quartett Berlin, and, in collaboration with Antonis Anissegos, ΣΩΜΑ. From 2010 until present he is a member of Ex Silentio, an internationally respected ensemble for medieval and renaissance music.
As of 2005, Thimios teaches the ud and co-ordinates ensembles and several projects in the sector of Traditional Greek Music at the Department of Musical Arts and Sciences of Macedonia University. In 2006 he undertook the artistic administration of the international musicians’ and artists’ forum “Music Village “ (www.music-village.gr), which takes place every summer in Agios Lavrentios, Pilio.