Stelios Petrakis is a composer, instrumentalist, and luthier. He was initiated into the art of the Cretan Lyra at a very early age.
Today, with 8 CDs and many international awards, he is widely considered to be one of the foremost exponents and innovators within the context of this tradition. He is currently involved in two projects: The Cretan Quartet and the Trio Lopez-Petrakis-Chemirani. With these two projects, he travels around the world performing his music. He also maintains an instrument making atelier where he constructs various instruments including the Lyra, Laouto, Bulgari, and other historical and contemporary instruments.