Kemençe (Politiki Lyra, Istanbul Kemençesi)
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Sokratis Sinopoulos is a contemporary master of the Politiki lyra (kemençe), with a delicate, nuanced, highly expressive playing style and widely acclaimed technical proficiency. His prolific international collaborations have shown him to be equally comfortable within the traditions of Greece and Eastern Mediterranean, crossing over into jazz and classical music.
Born in Athens in 1974, Sokratis studied Byzantine music and classical guitar as a child and began playing lyra in 1988, studying with Ross Daly. Sinopoulos' remarkable talent was immediately clear and he joined Daly's group, Labyrinthos, a year later. In 1999, he received the Melina Mercouri award for young artists.
In 2010, he formed the Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet with pianist Yann Keerim, bassist Dimitris Tsekouras, and drummer Dimitris Emmanouil. Their debut album, Eight Winds, was produced by Manfred Eicher for ECM records to global acclaim. They followed up in 2019 with their second album, Metamodal.
Sokratis has also collaborated on various recordings, including with Eleni Karaindrou for ECM, Charles Lloyd for Blue Note, and Jean Guihen Queyras for Harmonia Mundi.
Sokratis Sinopoulos is an associate professor in the Department of Music Science and Art at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece.