Stelios Kyriakidis is a guitarist and composer whose pieces reflect his background in contemporary music as well as his classical training. Influenced by classical, neoclassical and folk elements, Stelios aims to write direct yet rich music that contains universal elements of the human condition.
A performer/composer, Stelios has been interviewed and had his music featured on BBC Radio London. He has performed in places such as the 21st Century Guitar Conference (Indianapolis, USA), Vortex Jazz Club (London, UK), Handmade & Recycled Festival (Athens, Greece), King’s Place (London, UK), Inspiring Futures (Sheffield, UK), Arion Academy Guitar Festival (Lesvos, Greece) and he is also a Sofar artist.
Stelios’s music has been performed in the Vault Festival, Blue Elephant Theatre (London, UK) and the 2011 Athens Video Dance Project (official music, Greece), among others. His compositions have been published by Jellynote (France) and the UCLA library (USA). His piece ‘New Beginnings’ was recently featured in the campaign video for a car-free London by the climate action charity Possible.
Stelios has released three EPs to date with original music for solo guitar. Optica, his second EP, was released 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). The Trust the Doc blog described his 2022 piece Agalia (Embrace) as “lovingly conceived and played to perfection”.
...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.