Manolis Androulidakis studied guitar with Notis Mavroudis and Costas Kotsiolis, Musicology and Composition at the Aristotle University, always winning excellence and awards. He taught for 3 years at the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and one year at the Department of Folk and Traditional Music of the Technical University of Epirus.
As a composer, guitarist and arranger he has collaborated with composers such as Mikis Theodorakis (among other projects, he conducted his 90th anniversary concert in the presence of the composer with an audience of more than 8.000 people at the Petra Theater in Athens), Leo Brouwer, Nikos Mamangakis, conductors such as Karolos Trikolidis, Odysseas Dimitriadis, Loukas Karytinos, film directors such as Pantelis Voulgaris, and the best Greek lyricists as well as with the symphonic ensembles London Philarmonia, State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, Orchestra of the Hellenic Radio Television (ERT), Sinfonietta Beograd, The City of Athens Symphony Orchestra, The City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Musical Ensembles, the University of Thessaly Musical Ensembles etc. Many of his songs have been recorded and performed by the greatest Greek singers.
In the last three years he has returned more intensively to classical guitar, with original techniques and skilful arrangements and compositions, resulting in the creation of important musical performances and recordings.
In this context,
He has the honour of signing Mikis Theodorakis’s official recording, the cd “Myrtia”, which includes works of the composer arranged for solo guitar.
He was chosen by FM Records to record a cd for the “Greatest Greek Musicians” series.
The City of Athens Symphony Orchestra performed his collection “Un árbol llamado Lorca”.
He performed his guitar arrangement of “Chariots of Fire” at the ceremony held by the University of Thessaly which awarded Vangelis (Vangelis Papathanasiou) an Honorary Doctorate Degree, where the composer himself was watching through a satellite link from Paris.
He presented for the first time his guitar concert “Five Miniatures for Guitar and Strings” at the Patras International Festival, with “L’ Anima” String Quarter and him as a soloist. Subsequently he recorded the same work with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Greek Broadcasting Corporation
In November 2018, he launched a series of recitals entitled “Greek music on six strings”, which presents it in major Greek theatre’s and includes works by his CD’s “Myrtia” (FM Records 2016), “GREEK CINEMA music for classical GUITAR” (FM Records 2020) and his latest album collection “Anthology for Guitar” (Ogdoo 2021).
In November 2022, he was commissioned by SEGAS to create the concept for the opening ceremony of the 39th Authentic Athens Marathon “Grigoris Lambrakis” at the Tymbos of Marathon, for which he composed an original score setting ancient Greek texts to music with particular orchestration and the use of ancient Greek instruments, modern and pre-recorded music.