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 maintaining a busy performing and teaching schedule, I have carried out community 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. I hold a PhD from the University of Nottingham where I was awarded the Vice-chancellor's Award for Research Excellence and the Leventis Foundation scholarship. I am currently a lecturer in music at the University of Manchester where I also serve as the director of performance.