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I was born in Chambéry, France and raised between Thessaloniki (Greece) and Nicosia (Cyprus), growing up in a multicultural environment. I benefited from early musical studies on the piano and subsequently studied drums with Brian Abrahams and mallet percussions with Daniela Ganeva. I hold masters degrees from the Trinity College of Music, King’s College London and an Artist Diploma from the State University of New York where I was fortunate to study with Hal Galper, Jon Faddis and John Abercrombie. I have been generously supported by the Nicolas Economou Foundation, the State University of New York and was a Trinity College of Music scholar. Aside from a busy performing and teaching schedule, I have been carrying out ‘Out Reach’ work in London, first with the Grand Union Orchestra (2007-2009) and later for ReachOut, a mentoring charity. Currently, I try to balance performing and scholarly activity and I am a PhD candidate and teaching affiliate at the University of Nottingham, where I hold the Vice-Chancellor’s award for research excellence and the Leventis foundation scholarship.