Lyra, Cretan Laouto
A composer and instrument maker, Stelios Petrakis was introduced to the art of lyra at a young age. He has collaborated in concerts and recordings with world renowned musicians in world music and traditional Greek music. His work is considered to be an important example of contemporary expression and the revival of traditional music. He travels worldwide to perform in concerts and festivals with his two ensembles, Stelios Patrakis Quartet and Trio Lopez Petrakis Chemirani. He received the French Radio award of Best Album for the year 2016 for the CD, L’ Art de la Lyra, and has sold-out performances at the Theatre de la Ville and Carnegie hall. His instrument building workshop is in Heraklion (Crete), where he produces several kinds of traditional instruments like the lyra, laouto, bulgari.