To see Sokratis Sinopoulos in concert for the first time is to marvel at the range of emotion and expression conveyed through the lyra and the power of the sound projected from this small, bowed instrument. The distinctive cry of his lyra has previously been heard on ECM recordings of Charles Lloyd/Maria Farantouri and Eleni Karaindrou, leaving his own expressive stamp on musical idioms ranging all the way from the traditional to the contemporary international repertoire. His first personal album, entitled Eight Winds, was released by ECM records and produced by Manfred Eicher on 2015.
Born in Athens, Sokratis Sinopoulos studied classical guitar, Byzantine music and folk song before taking up the lyra at the age of 14. Within a year he was playing with mentor Ross Daly’s group, and over the last two decades has collaborated with a number of ensembles from Greece and abroad, among them Jean Quihen Queyras, with whom released the album Sunday Morning Sessions for Harmonia Mundi. Sokratis Sinopoulos is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Musical Science and Art at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki.