Michail Travlos was born on 7th of July 1950 in Piraeus, Greece. He started his musical studies at Athens National Conservatory in 1970 with Michalis Vourtsis. In 1975 he was accepted to the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, where he studied composition with Isang Yun and orchestration with Witold Szalonek. He obtained his diploma in Music Composition in 1980.
He lives in Pireaus as an independent composer and professor of theory and composition. He taught at the Hellenic Conservatory (1980 – 1982), the Contemporary Conservatory (1987 – 1996) and at the “Nikos Skalkotas” Conservatory (1982 – 2014) where he was also artistic director (1989 – 2014).
From 2015 he teaches music theory and composition at the Nikolaos Mantzaros Conservatory in Athens and at the Conservatory of Modern Art in Anavissos.
He has written music for large and small ensembles, for solo instruments, as well as chamber opera and concertos for solo instruments and orchestra. His works have been performed in many countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Poland, Spain, England, the Netherlands.