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 various styles. 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 Petrakis Quartet and Trio Lopez Petrakis Chemirani. He received the French Radio award of "Best Album 2016" 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 including the lyra, laouto, and bulgari.