Constantinos Lyras – Guitar Teacher
Constantinos Lyras was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. He started music and guitar lessons at the age of 11 at “Sychrono Odeio Kiprou” in Nicosia, with guitar teacher and president of the Cyprus music schools association 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” in classical guitar from the Trinity College of Music, London with Distinction.
At age 19, he began his music studies at the Conservatoire of Szeged in Hungary with the known guitarist and composer David Pavlovits.
In 2005, he continued his studies at the 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 (Part of Birmingham City University, UK) and graduated in 2008 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Music and then in 2010 with a Master Degree in Music and Performance (MMus).
Constantinos Lyras is a RSL – Rockschool graduate in electric guitar and bass as well as a RGT (Registry of Guitar Tutors, UK) graduate in acoustic guitar. He also holds a music technology certificate under Birmingham City University.
During his studies, he had the chance to meet and attend lessons with famous guitarists including: Steve Vai, John Williams, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Evangelos Asimakopoulos, Al Di Meola, Herman Li (Dragonforce), Philippe Villa, Gary Ryan (Royal College of Music, London), Stu Hamm, T.M. Stevens, Christopher Stell (Edenstell Duet), Xuefei Yang, David Leisner, Antonio Luis Lopez, Steve Smith (Ibanez, UK), Martin Taylor and others.
The last years, he has given concerts as a soloist and with various bands with the electric, flamenco and classical guitar in Cyprus, England, Hungary, Spain and Greece. He had also made several appearances on radio and television.
During his studies he also studied flamenco guitar and in 2014 he founded the band Rumba Attack. With Rumba Attack he performed original material in popular music festivals like Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival, 100 Guitars Concerts, Cyprus World Music & Jazz Festival, Fengaros, Ted X, Rialto Ethnic Music Festival and Paphos Ethnic Music Festival.
Constantinos is an experienced guitar teacher and also a member of the national guitar association of Cyprus, EGTA. Ηe gave classical guitar, acoustic guitar, flamenco guitar and electric guitar lessons in Cyprus and the UK at various music schools, such as: Yamaha music Schools, Progress Music Academy and Litchfield Cathedral School.
Since early 2012, Constantinos has settled in Nicosia, Cyprus. He is teaching exclusively at his music school based in Strovolos, Nicosia.