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Constantinos Lyras was born in 1984 in Nicosia, Cyprus. He started music and guitar lessons at the age of 11 at “Sychrono Odeio Kiprou” in Nicosia, with guitar teacher 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 with Distinction.

At age 19, he began his music studies at the Conservatoire of Szeged in Hungary with the guitar teacher and composer David Pavlovits.

In 2005, he continued his studies at “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) in the United Kingdom 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 Rockschool degree graduate in electric guitar and bass as well as a RGT (registry of guitar tutors) 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, Michel Sadanowsky and others.

The last years, he has given concerts as a soloist and with various ensembles in the electric, flamenco and classical guitar in Cyprus, England, Hungary, Spain and Greece. He had also made several appearances on radio and television.

Constantinos is a guitar teacher and gave classical guitar, acoustic guitar, flamenco guitar and electric guitar lessons in Nicosia, Cyprus and the UK at music schools, such as: Yamaha music Schools, Progress Music Academy and Litchfield Cathedral School.

Since early 2012, Constantinos has settled in Cyprus where his music school is based. At his music school (based in Srovolos, Nicosia, Cyprus) he is teaching music and offers guitar lessons for all ages and abilities.