Elina (Styliana) Markatatou enrolled in a private conservatory to follow theoretical music studies, studying harmony (2007-2009) and counterpoint (2010-2012) at the Philippos Nakas conservatory of Ioannina. For six years, Markatatou specialized in Greek traditional music and performed in concerts in several cities of Greece. She studied mandolin and baroque mandolin with Prof. Gerda Abts at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp where she received her Bachelor's degree with high distinction in 2016. During her studies in Belgium, she attended various masterclasses given by Marga Wilden Hüsgen, Daniel Ahlert, Ricardo Sandoval, Rada Krivenko, Natalia Marashova, and Katsiaryna Zabairachnaya. She gave recitals in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Ukraine and in several cities in Greece. She performs a lot of different genres of music, and she gave masterclasses on Greek music and mandolin at the music academy of Lier, Brasschaat, Wijnegem and Schilde in Belgium.
In June 2018, she finished her master studies at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, with a master’s thesis entitled 'The four Traditions of mandolin music in Greece', under the supervision of Professor Yves Senden.
Currently, she is teaching mandolin and chamber music in the music academy of Braschaat.