For being all instrumental, Pavlo’s Mediterranean music speaks for itself. Over the span of his twenty-year career, Pavlo, the internationally renowned, award-winning recording artist, performer, and songwriter, has released eleven albums of his own music, plus two collaborative projects, including 2015’s Guitarradas with Remigio Pereira, and 2009’s Trifecta with fellow guitar masters Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez.
Born in Toronto to Greek parents, Pavlo has made a name for himself by offering a musical amalgam he simply calls “Mediterranean music”―a blend of Greek, flamenco, Latin, and even Balkan flavors, wrapped in contemporary pop. His music has taken him all around the world. Along the way, he has performed for royalty, such as Prince Charles, and worked and toured with artists, such as José Feliciano, Jon Secada, Olivia Newton-John, and the Tenors.
That Pavlo is a true world artist has never been more convincing than today. He has become famous for bringing every audience to their feet. He is currently on tour promoting his second PBS special, Live in Kastoria Greece, and is still driven by his father’s famous words: “Have the courage to do what you love, and the drive to do it well.”
Pavlo Simtikidis, who performs under just his first name, is a wizard of Mediterranean string music. He mixes Flamenco, Greek and Latin styles with a pop sensibility that separates him from the average ‘world music’ novelty.
Going to see [Pavlo] play is a bit of a party. You can hear the audience hoot and holler during his live performances, which he refers to as a two-hour Mediterranean escape.
—Greek Reporter (Canada)