Sokratis Sinopoulos was born in Athens. He studied classical guitar as well as Byzantine music and folk song, initially at the school of S.Karas and subsequently at that of I.Tsiamoulis, where he sang with the school children’s choir. In 1988 he started studying the lyre and lute with Ross Daly, whose ensemble Labyrinthos he joined a year later. Over the last twenty years, Sinopoulos has worked together with Greek and international composers, musicians and singers in various genres, from folk music to jazz.
He has performed in countless concerts and made recordings all around the world. He received the Melina Mercouri national award for young artists in 1999. He teaches at the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki.
The Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet was formed in 2011 and initially dedicated itself to arrangements of Greek folk tunes. It soon started focusing on contemporary music composed by Sokratis Sinopoulos himself. The group explores the delicate balance between old and contemporary sounds, underlining the importance of musical improvisation.
As Sokratis points out:
“The concept when we started this project with the quartet was actually not to create ‘Greek style music’ but rather to explore ‘no style music’, searching for a diachronic and global sound. Now that I look back on it, I realise that, even if it was not our intention, there is a great deal of Hellenism in it, where Hellenism in a broader sense stands for what we were searching for: the diachronic and global too.
I feel very lucky that I have as a point of departure for my musical explorations all aspects of Greek music through the centuries, and that at the same time I hold in my hands a historical instrument, the lyre, as my compass and guide.”
Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet
Sokratis Sinopoulos: lyre
Yannis Kyrimkyridis: piano
Dimitris Tsekouras: double bass
Dimitris Emanouil: drums