Thanos Stavridis was born in Langadas, Thessaloniki. He took his first steps in learning accordion at the age of six. He studied music theory and holds degrees in Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue. He also attended saxophone courses and reached the diploma level. He graduated from School of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a degree in Ethnomusicology. His Graduate Thesis is entitled “Accordion and its technique as used by music troupes of Eastern Rumelia refugees in Greece”.
In his early undergraduate years he began playing accordion professionally at many music stages and haunts of Thessaloniki, performing rebetiko and various other genres of Greek music. During this period he also worked on Greek, and Balkan in general, traditional music, researching how accordion was used either as a solo or an accompaniment instrument. He participated in many folk music festivals both in Greece and abroad.
In 1999 he founded the choir of the Cultural Association of Langadas and he has ever since been conducting it. He works as an accordion teacher for conservatories in Thessaloniki and Athens. He has also given seminars abroad, teaching Greek traditional music. In the summer of 2015 he was a seminary professor of the same subject at the Accordion Festival in Syros Island. Ever since 2010 he teaches accordion as a temporary teaching musician at the Department of Traditional Music of the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus