Zacharias Spyridakis was born in Athens in 1971 and started learning Cretan lyra since 1980. In 1983 he started having lessons with the great lyra player Kostas Moundakis and in 1989 receives his degree from the Greek Conservatory of Athens.
He has performed in Greece and abroad (H. Kingdom, America, Canada, Argentina, China, France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Egypt, Cyprus) and present his work and Cretan Music in radio and television shows.
In 1993 he creates together with a group of friends a Cretan ensample «Palaiina Seferia» that had two successful albums.
He has worked with well known Greek and foreign composers such as Vangelis Papathanassiou (Vaggelis), Yannis Markopoulos, Steve Wood, Jordi Saval.
Performes in music recordings and film productions, with Greek and foreign artists who overdraw the traditional style and fit into the «realm» of contemporary music, «marrying» in a unique way, traditional instruments and modern Greek music.
In 1997 he performed in the opening ceremony of the World Championship, in 2004 performed in the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens, in 2007 he traveled with his Lyra to Beijing to performe in the Cultural Olympiad for the «Year of Greece» in China, with honoree N.Kazantzakis.
Worked as instructor for 12 years at the Greek Conservatory - Class of Cretan Lyra, also at the Music High School of Pallini, to Athens Conservatory, to Arta’s T.I and the Pancyprian Music Lyceum. Over the last years his collaborates with Musical Workshop «Labyrinth.»
-DISCOGRAPHY: in several productions with Greek and foreign artists (M.Paschalidi, V.Leka, M.Lidaki, G.Kotsira, A.Ioannidi, D.Papadimitriou, M.Fragkouli, IASIS, Ross Daly, Takousis - Karapatakis Jazz Project, G. Andreou, Steve Wood).
PERFORMED WITH LEADING GREEK COMPOSERS: Mountakis M., M. Pramateftakis Mamangakis Law in 1997 with Vangelis Papathanassiou - opening ceremony World Athletics Championship, in 2004 - closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens. Since 1994 performs with composer Yannis Markopoulos as soloist to his project «Erotokritos & Virtue,» «Liturgy of Orpheus», «Concerto-Rhapsody for Lyre and Orchestra» in Greece, but mainly in large theaters in Europe. Since 2011 performs with Jordi Saval in concerts and recordings.
Zacharias Spyridakis’s tracks