Constantinos Lyras (Guitar)
Constantinos Lyras was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. He started guitar and music lessons at the age of 11 years, in “Contemporary Conservatory” in Nicosia, with guitar Professor Antonis Koizas.
In 2000, he participated in the International guitar competition “Guitar Festival Cyprus” and won the first prize as the “Best Cypriot Participation”.
In June 2002, he made his first solo recital, which was sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, for passing the “Performer’s Certificate Guitar” of the Trinity College of Music with Distinction.
At age 19, he began his music studies at the Conservatoire of Szeged in Hungary with the guitar teacher and composer David Pavlovits.
In 2005, he continued his studies at “Wolverhampton University” in the United Kingdom and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA Honours) in Music.
In 2007, he continued his studies at the “Conservatoire of Birmingham” in the United Kingdom and graduated in 2008 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Music and then in 2010 with a Master in Music and Performance (MMus).
During his studies, he had the chance to meet and attend lessons with famous guitarists including: Steve Vai, John Williams, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Al Di Meola, Herman Li (Dragonforce), Philippe Villa, Gary Ryan (Royal College of Music, London), Stu Hamm and others.
The last years, he has given concerts as a soloist and with various ensembles in the electric, flamenco and classical guitar in Cyprus, England, Hungary, Spain and Greece. He had also made several appearances on radio and television.
Constantinos is a guitar professor and has taught electric, classical, acoustic and flamenco guitar in music schools in the UK and Cyprus, such as: Yamaha music Schools, Progress Music Academy, Litchfield Cathedral School and now at his own music school in Nicosia.