Fanis Kourouklidis was born on the 20th of October 1976 in Panayia Faneromeni of the Salonika municipality in Greece. Both his parents are of Pontic Greek ancestry. His father's origins are from Ak-Tas of the Kotyora (Ordu) region of Pontus, while his mother's origins are from the Kars and Santa regions of Trapezunta. At the age of 6 and a half, his mother Alexandra encouraged him to learn to play the the Pontic lyra.

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