Born in Bonn, Germany (1963), he holds a Ph.D. in Musicology (Faculty of Music Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). Since 2006 Nikos Dontas is Head of the Dramaturgy Department of the Greek National Opera. Since 1995 he is the music critic of the Athens daily newspaper Kathimerini.
He has contributed articles to the German Dictionary Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) and has written extensively for the publishing departments of the Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls, the Athens Festival, the Greek National Opera etc.
He has produced series of broadcasts regarding classical music for the Greek National Radio as well as for private radio stations. He holds an M.Sc. in Advanced Architectural Studies (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) and has worked as a designer and supervisor of the extension of the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens. He has also been Supervisor of Computer Aided Design and Visuals at the Foundation at the Hellenic World and is the author and Academic editor of a volume on the Ionian city of Priene (2001), which was translated and published in English by Harvard University Press (2005).