Stelios Kyriakidis is a guitarist and composer whose compositions reflect his background in contemporary music as well as his classical training. While his compositions have elements of a wide-ranging palette such as classical, film and contemporary music, Stelios achieves a unique sound by always aiming to write direct yet rich music that elevates the human spirit.
A performer/composer, Stelios has been interviewed and had his music featured on BBC Radio London. He has performed in venues, festivals and events such as the 21st Century Guitar Conference (Indianapolis, USA), Handmade & Recycled Festival (Athens, Greece), London Contemporary Art Fair (UK), Inspiring Futures (Sheffield, UK), Green Street Festival (UK, supported by the HM Government, EU and Newham London), Athens Video Dance Project (Official music 2011, Greece), Vault Festival (London, UK), Arion Academy Guitar Festival (Lesvos, Greece) and King’s Place (London, UK). Three of his compositions have been published by the UCLA library (USA). Upcoming performances include Sofar concerts as well as recitals at St Saviour’s Pimlico (London, UK) and St Alfege church (Greenwich, London, UK), among others.
Stelios has released two EPs and three Singles to date with original music for solo guitar. ‘Small Primal Voices’, his debut, was released in 2017 and was described by the Musician magazine as “an EP of hypnotic pieces and well-received soundtracks using just his guitar”. Optica followed in September 2020, with Minor7th stating that “Kyriakidis has a delightful way of creating bright, shimmering melodies that you want to hear again”. A Moment and A Thousand Years, released in late 2021, received reviews such as “the piece exhibits finest playing skills along with a musicality that is glowing with talent, intent and a deep understanding of universal beauty” (Music Dances When You Sleep).
Stelios holds a Master of Music in Performance (classical guitar) from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London and has been supported during his studies by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. He has also studied Harmony, Orchestration and Arranging. He teaches guitar, music theory and creativity in-person in London and online worldwide.
...the piece exhibits finest playing skills along with a musicality that is glowing with talent, intent and a deep understanding of universal beauty.
Recorded live, this EP of hypnotic pieces showcases his fluency while remaining beautifully understated.
Optica’s third movement, Night, was the highlight for me – a wonderful melody over a hauntingly simple backdrop of repeated plucked strings. Fabulous…
A subtle soundscape crafted and performed by Stelios Kyriakidis replicates the thudding of a heartbeat... the live music has a particular importance in reaching the audience. It's certainly a stronger production for it.