Manos Achalinotopoulos, considered by critics, composers and musicologists as the best clarinet performer of the new generation in Greece. He has traveled playing clarinet in more than 20 countries all over the world, while participating in concerts and Festivals of great prestige such as the Jazz festival of Montreux, the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens, the Sphinx Festival in Belgium, the Womad Festival, the Auckland Festival of the Arts, the Jazz Festival of Istanbul, the Clarinet Festival of Amsterdam etc. What makes him so special is the mixing of the traditional style of playing the clarinet and its special idioms with Jazz, Balkan Ethnic style and influences of the western music.
He has collaborated with great Greek and foreign composers, soloist and singers, such as Mikis Theodorakis, John Psathas, , Αra Dinkjian, Goran Bregovic, Arto Tuncboyacian, Okay Temiz, Susheela Raman, Arief Darvish, Peter Kovalt, Ch. Mariano, Ahmet Misirli, Serkan Cagri Thanos Mikroutsikos, Dionysis Savvopoulos, Stamatis Kraounakis, George Andreou, Haris Alexiou, Eleni Vitali, George Dalaras, Nana Mouschouri, Dimitra Galani, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Eleni Tsaligopoulou, Alkinoos Ioannidis, Aristidis Moschos, George Koros, Petroloukas Chalkias, Chronis Aidonides and others.
Besides his personal discography “Hyacinth” (1998), “The tradition Clarinet” (1996), “Live in Amsterdam with Nederland Blazers Ensemble” (2003), ” Zopirin” (2010) and “Flight on light” (2011) he has participated in a large number of recordings.
He has taught clarinet in the Department of Traditional Music in the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, in the Department of Primary Education in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, but also in music seminars in Conservatorium of Amsterdam, in Wellighton University, in Ross Daly’s musical workshop “Labyrinth”, in the Music Village of Pelion etc.
Manos Achalinotopoulos is an assistant professor in the Department of Music Science and Art in the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki.