Nikos Manitaras was born in Alexandria, Egypt, later moving to Athens at the age of eight. He trained as a classical guitarist at the National Conservatory of Greece under the instruction of Evangelos Assimakopoulos and attained his Diploma in 1994 with Distinction. In addition, he holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Piraeus.
Since 1993 Nikos has performed in a vast number of concerts throughout the country both as a soloist and as a member of the orchestra, featuring Greek, foreign, classical and sophisticated popular music. Some of his more notable performances include the Shakespearean play ‘As you Like It’, produced in 1993-1994 by The Art Theatre ‘Karolos Koun’, featuring the music of Laurentis Maxairitsas. In 1995 Nikos performed a concerto by composer Kyriakos Tzortzinakis as a soloist at the Piraeus Municipal Theatre, as well as a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi during the Festival of Ermoupolis at the Apollon Theatre. In 1998 he took part in a performance at the archaeological site of Mystras featuring pieces for voice and guitar by Ravel, de Falla, Granados, Astor Piazzola and Manos Hatzidakis. Between 2000 and 2002 he collaborated with the ensemble ‘Odioporoi’ (‘Wayfarers’) largely performing the works of Manos Hatzidakis at the Athenaeum Cultural Centre and numerous municipal theatres throughout Greece. At the same time in 2002, he made an appearance at the Opera House in the ‘Maria Callas Hall’ with the Athens Chamber Opera, at the Cholargos Community Centre ‘Melina Merkouri’ performing works from ‘Blood Wedding’ and ‘Tale without a Name’ by Manos Hatzidakis in collaboration with Vassilis Lekkas, and at the Papagos Festival accompanying the vocal trio SONAMA. In 2003 he worked with the soprano Natalia Kantzia performing works by Brahms, Ravel, Dowland, Villa Lobos, Granados and De Falla at the Athenaum. In more recent years, he has collaborated with Aliki Kayialoglou in concerts in Portugal (Sao Luiz Teatro), France (UNESCO), Kazakhstan (Opera Astana) and Greece (Odeon of Herodes Atticus). In 2014 he took part in an educational programme involving schools in the municipality of Galatsi, accompanying Vassilis Lekkas. Additionally, during recent years he has regularly performed as a member of the guitar ensemble “KITHARIS” of the FILLIPOS NAKAS Music Conservatory under the conductor Iakovos Kolanian. Lastly, Nikos has repeatedly appeared on Greek TV (NET).
In 1998 Nikos Manitaras founded “Athena Music Conservatory” in Patisia, Athens from which many exceptional musicians have graduated and earned several distinctions for their performances at festivals and competitions. Seminars conducted by accomplished musicians are held at “Athena” and two cds have already been recorded with the participation of students and choirs of the Cnversatory. Athena Music Conservatory is committed to applying contemporary music education practices which are enthusiastically embraced by teachers and students alike.