Stelios Petrakis was born in 1975 and grew up in Sitia, Crete. In 1983 he joined the Sitia School of Music, learning to play the lyra (1983-1993), under the directorship of Kostas Moundakis. From 1993 onwards, based in Athens under the guidance of Ross Daly, he continued to study the lyra and also became interested in related musical traditions (Anatolian folk music, classical secular and religious music of Istanbul, traditional Greek music) and instruments (saz, lavta, Cretan laouto, bulgari). In 2009 he attended a seminar in Paris with the world-class Indian violinist Dr L. Subramaniam.
Stelios Petrakis has worked on concerts and recordings with major musicians in the areas of “World Music” (Ross Daly, Bijan and Keyvan Chemirani, Sylvain Barou), Traditional Music of Crete (Giorgis Xylouris, Vassilis Stavrakakis), Greek musicians and composers (Christos Leontis, Stamatis Spanoudakis) and with the great Spanish singer Manolo García.
For the past twenty years he had been an active member of the “Labyrinth” group directed by Ross Daly, appearing in many concerts – some of which were held in major European venues – and working with the most important musicians in various traditions from all over the world. He had also participated in recordings by other musicians and groups including Ross Daly, Stamatis Spanoudakis, Bijan and Keyvan Chemirani, Christos Leondis, Manolo García, Kristi Stassinopoulou, Palyrria, Sylvain Barou and Oneira.
At the present time he has two projects, “Stelios Petrakis Cretan Quartet” and the “Trio Petrakis Lopez Chemirani” with which he travels all over the World participating the most important festivals of “World Music” worldwide.
He has a luthierie workshop in Heraklion, where he makes musical instruments including various types of lyra, laouto, saz, etc.
He has a degree in Law from the Faculty of Law, School of Law, Athens University.
Major venues at which Stelios Petrakis has appeared with his own ensembles / projects:
World Sacred Spirit festival, Rajastan, INDIA
Rainforest World Music Festival MALAYSIA 2016
Balkan Trafik Festival, Belgium 2016
Womex 2013 Cardiff UK
GlobalFEST 2016 NYC
Sommerton Festival 2015 Germany.
Songlines Encounters festival – London 2011
Houdetsi festival, Crete
Jerusalem Oud Festival 2011
Barcelona Forum 2004 Spain
As a soloist in various ensembles
Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens (with Stamatis Spanoudakis, Christos Leontis and Ross Daly)
Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls (with Ross Daly)
Royal Albert Hall, London (with Stamatis Spanoudakis)
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (with Ross Daly)
Théâtre de la Ville, Paris (with Ross Daly)
Rock in Rio Festival, Madrid (with Manolo García)
Faiz Festival des musiques sacrées, Fez, Morocco (with Keyvan Chemirani)
“Oi dikoi mou filoi” (Seistron – 2002)
“Akri tou Dounia”, (L’empreinte digitale – 2003)
“Κismet”, (Seistron – 2003)
“Kismet”, (Buda Musique – 2003)
“Orion”, (Seistron – 2006)
“Orion”, (Buda Musique 2008)
“Si je salue les montagnes”, (Accords Croisés 2009)
“Mavra Froudia”, (Melodiko Karavi 2011)
“Mavra Froudia”, (Musiepoca 2011)
“Avgi” live in heraklion Walls (Buda Musique 2015)
“L’art de la Lyra”, OCORA Radio France 2015)
The highest awards won by his CDs are:
• “Coup de Coeur” from the Academie Charles Cros for the cd’s “Avgi” and “The art of the lyra”
• ” Prix France Musique-Ocora des Musiques du Monde 2015”
• CD “Orion”, No 1 with the “Just Plain Folks” for “World Music”, 2009. Indianapolis, USA
• CD “Orion”, Top 10 Albums of the Year, Songlines Magazine 2009, London
• CD “Mavra Froudia”, No 3 in the World Music Charts, March 2012 www.wmce.de
• CD “Akri tou dounia”, R10 événement du mois, Répertoire Magazine, Paris 2002