Who is Ziras?:
Theodore Ziras was born in Poros island (Greece).
Started his music training at the age of 15 (Guitar, Music
Theory, Jazz Harmony, Rhythm & Counterpoint, Piano) His main
influences include generally anything
from Classical Music, Rock, Metal to Jazz & Fusion.
His first serious band
collaboration was with the Athens(GR) based power metal
Greek band "Ice Divine" (1994-98) and
"Guardian Angel" (1997-98) as the lead
guitar player. He did numerous recording & performed in many
(e.g support with Iced Earth, U.D.O etc)
Greece, he registered
at the prestigious Guitar Institute of London
for further Music/Guitar studies. He graduated 3 years later
getting his degree, Bachelor (Honors) in Music Performance &
He returned to Athens/Greece,
he signed his first solo record deal. His first instrumental
solo CD "Trained To
Play" released in
April 2001. A mix of Orchestral
Neoclassical Metal with complex harmony/orchestration and
mind-blowing lead guitar parts. The reviews for "Trained To
Play" were more than positive and established Theodore as a
solid musician & Guitar Player with great perspectives for
Almost 2 years (2003) later during serving his
military duty Theodore prepared his 2nd instrumental album.
"Virtual Virtuosity" released in
March 2003. With "Virtual Virtuosity" Theodore
accomplished to move a step forward his career and be
acknowledged world-wide as a top class guitar virtuoso.
Few months later (early 2004) he decided to produce a CD
with Vocals. Searching for the perfect vocalist was not an
easy job, Jioti Parcharidis
(Human Fortress, Victory)
finally was the perfect choice. After almost 2 years of
hit the market on June 2005.
Theodore prepared his 3rd instrumental
CD...time for change. He played along the legendary
Sherinian and the top
L.A drummer Brian Tichy
is the stunning result from
this co-operation. Great reviews from the world wide press
and Top Seller on Guitar9.com for several weeks. During this
year Theodore did appeared in guitar clinics supporting
world class acts as
Kiko Loureiro, Michael Angelo Batio, Gus G, Mattias Eklundh.
Also Theodore released
8 instructional DVD's.
"Guitar World (July 2008)"
issue Theodore mentioned as
#6 Fastest Guitarist of
all time (16 notes per
second). In the same list you can find names as
Yngwie Mamsteen, John Petrucci, Steve
2009: The 4th
Ziras instrumental album released,
is a blend of virtuosity elegance and complexity. The drum
Minnemann played on
this great release along with the ultra talented keyboardist
and monster bass player
Territory 4 was a top seller on Guitar9 and
Cd Baby CD stores.
On September 1st 2009 Theodore started the
successful “Lick of the
series, a weekly free video lesson on
which achieves millions of views.
is the 5ths instrumental release from Theodore.
The Monster is here,
killer 7 string heavy riffing, monstrous soloing, extreme shredding
attitude combined with elegant playing. Great collaborations
on this release as the British shred monster
Point) on Drums and the talented
Theodore keeps extremely busy dividing his time between
studying, composing, teaching guitar, writing instructional
material, recording and trying to develop his style and grow
as a performer and composer.