Greek guitar virtuoso Pavlo returns for exhilarating performance of Mediterranean music

Guelph, ON February 7, 2013 – Pavlo, described by the CBC as a “god of Greek guitar” says he has a mission: “To share my music with as many people as I can while I am here on this earth.” Fortunately for Pavlo, fans around the world are lining up to help him fulfill that goal. Guelph’s River Run Centre will play host to the player known for his lightning fast fingers on Friday, February 22 at 8 p.m. as part of the Macquarie Music Series.

According to family legend, when Pavlo was four or five years old, he asked his parents for a guitar for Christmas. Fortunately, they complied. Pavlo’s father, seeing his son’s intense connection with his instrument, offered him the following words of encouragement: “Have the courage to do what you love, and the drive to do it well.” Pavlo followed that advice, spending hours taking lessons, practicing and perfecting his craft. He spent many years working in bands before fully developing and realizing his own style. Infused with the sounds of his Greek heritage, and influenced by flamenco and other continental music, Pavlo refers to his sound as Mediterranean. This electrifying music has won Pavlo fans around the world.

Since 1998, Pavlo has released a total of nine solo albums. His latest offering, Six String Boulevard, incorporates the world’s most exotic instruments into his classic Mediterranean sound, such as the Chinese Ehru; the Portuguese Guitarra; the Arabic Flute; the Indian Sitar and of course the Greek Bouzouki.

Pavlo has toured extensively, bringing his Mediterranean sound to audiences in Canada, the United States, Europe and Korea. His television special, “Pavlo: Mediterranean Nights”, aired on PBS, CBS and Bravo. He has been nominated for several Juno Awards, and headlined the main stage at the esteemed Montreal Jazz Festival.

Pavlo is backed by a band of talented musicians including: George Vasilakos (bouzouki, guitar); Gino Mirizio (percussion, piano) and; Randy Rodrigues (bass guitar). To learn more about the man and his music, visit

Tickets start at $35 for adults or $33 for students and seniors. $5.00 eyeGO tickets are available for high school students with valid ID. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the River Run Box Office, or online at

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