Giorgos Manolakis was born in Heraklion, Crete in 1982. He started practicing the laouto at the age of 8 under the guidance of his father, Kostas Manolakis, who was one of the foremost laouto players of his generation.
Six years later he started practicing the bouzouki with many great masters of the instrument. Today Giorgos is considered to be one of the most important virtuosos of his generation on these two instruments. He has collaborated with many musicians and composers such as: Ross Daly, Hainides, Naseer Shamma, Psarantonis, Sokratis Malamas, Zohar Fresco etc.