Short biography here


Varvara Gyra was born in Ioannina, Greece, and has been living in Paris since 1998. She began to study the guitar in Epirus (Greece) and at the age of 19 obtained the Guitar Diploma with honours (Excellent unanimously - 1st Prize).


She studied the guitar in Paris with Roland Dyens at the École ATLA, with Francis Kleynjans at the Conservatoire Nadia et Lili Boulanger (DEM), and with Alberto Ponce at the École Normale de Musique de Paris (Soloist Diploma). She has been awarded scholarships by the Academy of Athens, the A. S. Onassis Foundation and the State Scholarships Foundation (Greece).


Varvara Gyra has won the 1st Prize of the International Guitar Competition of the UFAM in Paris (2001), the Prize of the International Guitar Competition of Ile-de-Ré (2002), the 2nd Prize of the International Guitar Competition of Fontainebleau (2002), and the 1st Prize of the Pan-Hellenic Guitar Competition of Ioannina (1993). 


She has performed in various countries, such as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.


Varvara Gyra has collaborated with Charlotte Rampling during various musical lectures' tours and has also worked with Anouk Aimée, Nicole Garcia, Lluis Homar and Lambert Wilson.


She presents her concerts in English, French, German, Greek and Spanish and in 2007 she started singing during her concerts. She has produced two CDs: The guitar in 3 continents (Ministry of Culture, Mexico 2006) and Live! 2003 (self-production). She has also participated in the recording of Francis Kleynjans’ work for guitar.


Varvara Gyra is a Ph. D. in Musicology (University of Paris VIII) and she has been carrying a thesis on the work of the Greek composer Jani Christou (1926-1970). She has obtained a Master in Musicology (University Paris VIII) and a Bachelor of Arts (Music Department, Ionian University).