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Stelios Kyriakidis

Stelios is a guitarist and composer based in London. He has performed in the UK and his native Greece as well as in Hungary and Slovakia. Stelios has written music for a wide range of mediums including short films, contemporary dance, documentaries and plays.

After two years of touring as a guitarist in the London based band ‘The Faces of Sarah’ between 2007 – 2009 and having performed in an array of venues and festivals across the UK as well as Europe in countries such as Greece, Hungary and Slovakia, Stelios decided to focus on composition and mainly solo performance.

In 2011, his piece ‘A Moment’ was selected as the official theme of the prestigious Athens Video Dance Project festival. He has worked as composer with Middlesex University, Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance and the NHS among others and in 2012 was commissioned to compose a string quartet for ‘Open Source Energy’, an innovative documentary on democratisation of energy by producer Richard Ballard. In 2013 he showcased ‘Timelapse’, a composition for one dancer and one musician, at the King’s Place (London) as part of festival Musichoreography: Duets for Dancers and Instrumentalists curated by Luke Dixon. ‘Meteora’, a composition for contemporary dance, was showcased in Laban Bonnie Bird Theatre (Greenwich) in 2013 and Robin Howard Theatre (The Place, London) as part of the Resolution! 2014 season.​​​​​​​​​

In 2015, he has written and performed a score for ‘Trivialis’, a dance performance showcased at various festivals and theatres including Resolution! 2015, East London Dance Blueprints and the Blue Elephant theatre.

As a performer, Stelios’ repertoire and outlook is a reflection of his dual identity as both guitarist and composer. A regular performer, his varied and wide ranging programme consists of original compositions and classical guitar repertoire mainly from the Renaissance and Baroque period. Stelios has performed in a variety of venues including churches, traditional and popular music venues, museums and cafes and is also involved in community work, performing regularly in care homes. Some of his recent performances have taken place in London venues such as King’s Place, Heath Street Baptist church, National Maritime Museum, St Sepulchre and St Bride’s church.

Stelios has studied Classical Guitar with Kasia Elsner Weir, Alberto Perez Fernandez and Carlos Bonell of the Royal College of Music. He holds a Diploma with Distinction (DipABRSM) in Classical Guitar from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Stelios has also studied Harmony, Counterpoint and Orchestration with Paul Sarcich and he holds an MSc in Music Information Technology from City University London.

Among his compositional and performing activities, Stelios is also a committed peripatetic and private teacher of guitar and music theory in London.