“When Sokratis Sinopoulos plays, I can see all the history vibrating with the ancient sounds of the strings.” Charles Lloyd


Sokratis Sinopoulos is a contemporary master of the lyra, a bowed instrument that dates back to the Byzantine era. His playing is delicate and nuanced yet highly expressive, and his proficiency on the instrument has been widely acclaimed. Sinopoulos has collaborated with numerous musicians throughout the world. He’s equally comfortable crossing genre boundaries into jazz and classical, as he is to staying true to folk traditions of Greece and Eastern Mediterranean. In 2010, he formed Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet. Its debut album, entitled “Eight Winds”, produced by Manfred Eicher for ECM records, released on 2015 and received excellent reviews globally. Sokratis Sinopoulos is an associate professor in the Department of Music Science and Art in the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Thus there is a music that is neither a fusion of ethnic and jazz, nor a “jazzizzazione” of traditional themes, but something very, very original.

Neri Pollastri, All About Jazz

It’s a stress-calmer, a meditative aid, a rose-petalled bath in sound. Yearningly beautiful.

Peter Bacon,  thejazzbreakfast



We’ve heard Sokratis playing live and on recordings with Charles Lloyd, Ara Dinkjian, Loreena McKennitt, Eleni Karaindrou, Jean Guihen Queyras and Ross Daly among others, leaving his own expressive stamp on musical idioms ranging all the way from the traditional to the contemporary international repertoire.


Sokratis Sinopoulos has participated in extensive tours all around the world with various groups.

With Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet has performed in significant venues in Europe (Germany, UK, Italy, Turkey and Greece). On 2018 it has been officially selected to perform at Jazzahead! In the frame of European Jazz Meeting.


Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet

Sokratis Sinopoulos lyra
Yann Keerim piano
Dimitris Tsekouras bass
Dimitris Emmanouil drums


Sokratis Sinopoulos & Derya Türkan Duo

Sokratis Sinopoulos lyra
Derya Türkan kemençe


Sokratis Sinopoulos feat. folk trio

Sokratis Sinopoulos lyra
Kyriakos Tapakis oud
Stefanos Dorbarakis kanonaki
Dimitris Emmanouil percussion

  1. Transition Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet 6:44
  2. Walking Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet 6:31
  3. 21st March Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet 4:38
  4. Aegean Sea Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet 4:34
  5. Thrace Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet 4:33



Spring/Summer/Autumn 2019