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Guitar goes classical with Cyprus Guitar Trio

By Madeleine Nesbitt

Guitar probably is not the first instrument that comes to mind when somebody mentions classical music – but maybe that’s just because not everybody has heard Cyprus Guitar Trio perform. The Trio’s beautiful sound shows that guitar has a place in music beyond rock ‘n roll riffs.

During their concert, which takes place this Wednesday, the Trio will give the classical guitar treatment to works from across Europe, whether it be lilting tunes inspired by Basque folk music like Jesús Guridi’s Four Basque Folksongs, a little Baroque music by way of Bach’s Capriccio in B-flat major, or an energetic flamenco from Hansjoachim Kaps’ Spanish Suite.

Classically trained Cypriot guitarists Vasilios Avraam, George Christofi and Socrates Leptos came together in 2015 to found the Trio, which not only promotes and performs classical guitar music, but also composes new works. Trained in Hungary, England and Massachusetts respectively, each guitarist brings an individual expertise and dedication to the Trio.

Wednesday’s concert is presented as part of the Cyprus Artists Series of the Pharos Art Foundation, which showcases talented musicians connected to Cyprus by background or choice.

Maybe it’s not the guitar you’re used to, but between the internationally celebrated musicians and the carefully selected programme of music, the Cyprus Guitar Trio’s charms will be hard to resist.

Cyprus Guitar Trio
Live in concert at The Shoe Factory, Nicosia, October 24. Tickets €15 / €10 Concessions, available online at or Tel: 22 663871 (Monday – Friday 10am-3pm)

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