Theodoros (Ted) Papanikolaou started taking piano lessons at the National Conservatory of Athens, at the age of six. He studied Music with Sound Recording at Kingston University, UK completing an Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) accredited degree course and has also completed postgraduate studies in Music Information Technology at City, University of London.
As a recording engineer he has recorded from pop and jazz bands to string quartets and symphony orchestras and choruses, in studios and on-location mainly in the London area. As a FOH engineer he has mixed audio for distinguished artists such as Maria Farantouri, Elli Paspala, Mimis Plessas, Nikos Kypourgos, Nikos Platirachos, Takis Farazis, David Lynch, Petros Varthakouris, Giorgos Kontrafouris, Spiros Panagiotopoulos, Vivi Gkeka, Lidia Aggelopoulou, Stavros Salampasopoulos, Kleoniki Demiri and Neoklis Neofitidis. As a Monitor engineer he has mixed audio for artists such as Dionisis Savvopoulos and Nikos Portokaloglou. He has also worked with leading film director Pantelis Voulgaris.
He has been active as a freelance technical editor and reviewer of consumer and professional audio equipment for technical magazines in Athens, Greece and various web sites. As a press correspondent he has covered extensively some of the most important international consumer electronics shows including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Las Vegas and IFA, Berlin. Currently he is contributing editor at alive.gr.
He is an educator in the areas of sound recording and music technology at private and public colleges. He has been examiner of the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance and scientific advisor at the National Conservatory of Athens.
He has participated as a speaker in conferences of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Music World Expo, IME GESEVEE and the British Council.
He is currently a full member of the Audio Engineering Society (MAES) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).