Acclaimed for his musical lyricism and rich compositional approach, fingerstyle guitarist and composer, Lucas Michailidis was winner of the International 'Open Strings' guitar competition in Germany 2001. The win landed him a recording contract with Acoustic Music Records and a solo spot at the 2002 festival.
CD releases The Offering and Freshwater Road have since garnered attention worldwide along with glowing reviews throughout his native Australia and find Michailidis in a solo acoustic setting, performing unaccompanied, instrumental compositions that demonstrate a broad palette of musical expression. His extensive and unconventional use of guitar tunings, provides the music with a fresh, melodically driven approach that is free of cliche.
Michailidis has had music published by American fingerstyle authority - John Stropes as part of the 'Great Compositions by Emerging Artists' series. Stropes is associated with the likes of Leo Kotke, Michael Hedges and Alex Degrassi. As of 2009 his work will be featured in the Victorian Certificate Education (VCE) prescribed listed of notated solo works for contemporary/ popular guitar.
Michailidis performs extensively throughout Australia and abroad and is also regular member of The Children of the Underground, the ensemble led by acclaimed Tartarstan singer Zulya. Together they have toured Europe on several occasions, performed at all major Australian festivals and released the Aria award winning Three Nights (2007) along with highly successful Waltz of Emptiness - winner of the 2005 National Archive Award which enjoyed a top-ten ranking in the European World Music charts.
As an educator, Michailidis contributes regularly to Guitarist Australia magazine and has had articles published for Mel Bay's Guitar Sessions. He is also is an instructor at the University of Melbourne.
Michailidis was brought up on a healthy dose of Carlos Santana and George Benson and later acquired a taste for Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Ed Bickert, Ed Gerhard, Michael Hedges, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Steve Reich, Jimi Hendrix, Rickie Lee Jones and James Taylor.