Athena Labiri was born and raised in Limenaria, Thassos, a small village in an also small northen island in Greece. She started playing the guitar at the age of 8 and took guitar lessons for three years. She has lived in Rethymno, Crete from 2002 until 2011 where she studied Modern History in the University of Crete. Since 2004 she colaborated with several cretan musicians, and had the chance to be taught how to play cretan lute and lavta from lute players Stelios Sikakis and Dimitris Sideris. She also colaborated with lyra players Zacharias Spyridakis and Dimitris Sgouros. She recently participated in Dimitris Sgouros' new record, "Songs and Melodies from Crete. The Archives of PAUL G. VLASTOS", which was released in April of 2011.