Nikos Andrikos was born in Mytilene in 1982. In the age of seven he started studying ecclesiastical music with Protopsaltis (First Chanter) Theodoros Maniatis. During 2000-2004 he participated in the scientific programme of Manolis Hatziyakoumis “Monuments of Ecclesiastical Music”. He lived in Istanbul from 2004 to 2007, working as a chanter in the first choir of the Ecumenical Patriarchate next to the Archon Protopsaltis (Master First Chanter) of the Holy Great Church of Christ, Leonidas Asteris.
In 2002 he commenced his studies in Turkish folk music, learning the saz under the instruction of Periklis Papapetropoulos. During his stay in Istanbul he studied saz, methods of musical transcription and folk vocal repertoire next to the masters of the old generation of the National Turkish Radio Institute (TRT), Mehmet Erenler, Yücel Paşmakçı and Şahin Gültekin. At the same time, he attended a postgraduate programme at the University of Haliç as a guest researcher, in the field of the folk idiomatic music of the Turkish territory.
He has completed his PhD Dissertation in the Department of Music Studies at the Ionian University, and recently was published his first book under the title The Ecclesiastical Music of Smyrna (1800-1922). At the same time, he has carried out anthropological research, focusing on the Northeast Aegean region, by recording musicians coming from Asia Minor and collecting rare archives (collections of musical manuscripts, historical recordings, etc). During 2009-2011 he was in Arta, teaching as a scientific assistant in the Department of Folk and Traditional Music of the Technological Institute of Epirus.
He has published papers in scientific journals and made announcements in musicological and historical conferences. His scientific interests include the musical production of the late-Ottoman period, the oral-idiomatic character of ecclesiastical music, and the theory of the modal systems of the art and folk music of the East. His scientific interests are related to the musical production of late-Ottoman period, the idiomatic character of the oral dimension of the Ecclesiastical music and the modal systems can be detected in the urban and rural regions of the East.