Ioannis Zorpidis was born in Kastoria/Makedonia/Greece. He studied Music Theory under Nikos Solomonidis, and Classical Guitar under Costas Cotsiolis, at the New Conservatory, Thessaloniki. He also studied Eastern Traditional Music (Oud) with Kyriakos Kalaitzidis at the “En chordais” school of music in Thessaloniki. He subsequently studied Stylistic Composition-Tonsatz under Prof. Johannes Schild, and Guitar Pedagogy under Prof. Roberto Aussel, at the Musikhochschule Köln in Germany.
He composes and arranges music for solo instruments, for various chamber ensembles, and for the theatre; he performs guitar and oud repertory. He is the author of the three-volume work on music theory “Η ΘΕΩΡΙΑ ΜΟΥ” [“My Theory”], and of a guitar method entitled “The Tremolo Technique”, both published in Greece by “Philippos Nakas”. His composition for solo guitar “Shout in a Whispering Dawn” is recently published by “Les Productions d’Oz” [5th Thessaloniki Guitar Festival Laureate Series].
As a musicologist, he has carried out systematic research into the symphonic oeuvre of Mikis Theodorakis and Charilaos Perpessas (he has authored the introduction to the edition of the “Christus Symphony” score, published in 2013 by the “Hellenic Music Centre”).