Antonis Vardis (Athens, August 7, 1948 – September 2, 2014) was a Greek composer, singer, lyricist and guitarist.

Antonis Vardis was born in Moschato on Kanari Street. Due to his family’s difficult financial situation, he did not go to high school but started working at a young age.

At the end of 1965, at the age of 17, he met Giannis Pantazis, George Mylonas who had formed a band and were rehearsing next to the gas station where he worked. He started playing guitar with them as an amateur and they formed the rock band Vikings. Gradually their activity became professional with regular appearances, and they also released four 45’s. The Vikings disbanded in 1970.

From 1969, during his military service, he started working as a guitarist in a boîte in Plaka, initially with Dimos Moutsis and Manolis Mitsias. He appeared in the boîtes until 1981, while at the same time participating as a musician in recordings, collaborating with important composers of both the artistic such as Moutsis, Yiannis Spanos and Manos Loizos, as well as of the popular such as Christos Nikolopoulos and Thanasis Polykandriotis.

Since then he has collaborated with the biggest names in Greek music, Giorgos Dalaras, Haroula Alexiou, Anna Vissi, Manolis Lidakis, Pitsa Papadopoulou, Brothers Katsimiha, Lavrentis Mahairitsa, Antonis Mitzelos, Christina Maragozis (his wife and mother of his son, singer Yannis Vardis), Kaiti Garbi, Antonis Remos, Stelios Roccos, Melina Aslanidou, Yiannis Plutarchos, Glykeria, Natasa Theodoridou, Peggy Zina, Nikos Vertis and many others.

In addition to compositions and lyrics for other artists, he released several successful personal albums.

He passed away on September 2, 2014 at the age of 66, losing his battle with cancer at Hygeia Hospital.