Nikos Michailidis, originally from Thessaloniki, Greece has studied Political Science and International Relations at Panteion University, Greece (B.A); Boğaziçi University, Turkey (M.A); and Anthropology at York University, Canada (M.A). He obtained his PhD in the department of Anthropology at Princeton, and teaches at Princeton and Rutgers Universities. His thesis is an ethnography of music-making and belonging in contemporary Turkey. Based on extensive fieldwork and archival research conducted in historical Pontos, specifically in Trebizond, İstanbul and Ankara, Nikos focuses on the rise of the "ethnic music" phenomenon in Turkey with special interest in Karadeniz/Pontian (Black Sea) music. His research creatively bridges anthropology with historiography, politics, ethnomusicology, and Hellenic and Turkish studies. He has recorded several CDs with Pontic Lyra players in Greece and Trebizond and contributed to the revival of Pontic-Greek music in Turkey.
Nikos has played lyra for several dance groups at past and recent HDF and FDF competitions. He has played at Kypseli a few times, at several "parakathi" at St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim in the past two years, and at Pontian glendi and other venues on the East and West coasts.