Magda Giannikou

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Magda Giannikou
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Born (1981-01-27) January 27, 1981 (age 37)
Athens, Greece
OccupationMusician, composer
Years active2003–
Known forMusician

Magda Giannikou is a Greek-born composer, film scorer, singer, pianist and accordionist.

Early life and education[edit]

Giannikou was born 27 January 1981, in Athens, Greece.[1] She taught in Greek elementary schools and composed music for TV and theater productions in Athens.[2] In Greece, she participated in over 50 children's productions and began her training in classical music and jazz.[3] Giannikou graduated from the National Conservatory of Greece with a Certificate of Excellence. She also studied at the Nakas Jazz School in Athens.[1]

Giannikou went on to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, graduating in 2008.[4] In 2009, Giannikou was selected to be a Fellow at the Sundance Institute Composers Lab.[5]


In 2010, Giannikou formed Banda Magda, a New York-based band, with an international group of musicians, including some fellow Berklee alumni.[4] Their multilingual music is influenced by Latin American styles (such as samba), French chansons and Greek folk music. Banda Magda has toured in 22 countries.[6] Their 2013 album, Amour, t'es la?, reached #9 on Billboard's Top World Music Albums chart.[7]


Giannikou has composed music for several films and a TV show:[8]


  1. ^ a b "Giannikou Magda". Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Magda Giannikou Bio" (PDF). Jefferson Center. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Magda Giannikou". Onassis Foundation USA. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Magda Giannikou". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Sundance Institute Announces Six Fellows For The 2009 Sundance Institute Composers Lab". Sundance Institute. 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Summer Thursdays: Banda Magda". Museum of Modern Art. 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  7. ^ "World Music: Top World Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Magda Giannikou". IMDb. Retrieved 18 August 2017.

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