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Issue 11

(Fall 2007)




biographical notes


Yannis Belonis

Ph.D. in Musicology (Department of Musical Studies of the University of Athens). He was born in Athens in 1973. He studied piano and music theory at the National Conservatory, and during the period 1997-2001 he attended a course of composition under the supervision of musicologist and composer George Zervos. He graduated from the Department of Musical Studies at the University of Athens in 1998. The following year he received a scholarship from the National Scholarships Institution in order to carry out his Ph.D. thesis with the subject “The Chamber Music of Manolis Kalomiris”, which was completed in 2004. He has worked in numerous Greek Conservatories since 1993 and from 2004 he has been teaching at the Department of Folk and Traditional Music at the Technological University of Epirus (Arta).

He also collaborated with Nikos Maliaras from 2001 to 2003 at the “Manolis Kalomiris” children’s choir and the period 2004-2006 he participated in a research program in the University of Athens with the title Serbian and Greek Music. A Comparative Research, under the scientific supervision of Katy Romanou. Since 2004, in collaboration with the publishing house “Philippos Nakas”, he has undertaken the editing of a part of the orchestral work of the composer Yannis A. Papaioannou

He has actively participated in world international musicological conferences. His articles have been published in Greek scientific journals, in newspapers and in program notes of the Athens Concert Hall.



Achilleus G. Chaldaeakes

Born in 1969 in Athens, Greece, he studied Theology and Musicology there. His graduate work was done in the School of Theology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He received his doctorate from the Department of Music Studies of the same University (his doctoral thesis was entitled: The Polyeleos in Byzantine and post-Byzantine Melopoeia, Athens 2003, pp. 992), where he was an academic assistant from the year 1992 and was elected Lecturer (the year 1999) and Assistant Professor (the year 2004) of Byzantine Musicology for the same Department

At the same time, he is the conductor of the choir of chanters “The Maestors of the Psaltic Art”; he is also the first chanter of a main church of Athens; he serves as general secretary of the Institution of Byzantine Musicology; he is a founding member and administrator of the urban non-profit company “Anatoles to Periixima”; he is a founding member of the urban non-profit company “Aiginaia” and chief editor of the homonymous six-month periodical cultural publication (of which 13 issues have already been published); he is a scientific collaborator of the critical publication of the complete works of Saint Nektarios (of which 2 volumes have already been published), and a member of other scientific associations and art organizations.

He has published six self-contained books and has coordinated the publication of as many collective volumes (conference proceedings, honorary volumes, etc.). Tens of other studies have been published in periodicals and other collections. He has participated in international musicological and theological conferences and seminars. His research activity orbits around the areas of Byzantine musicology, music folklore, Christian worship, hagiology, and hymnology.

He is married and has four children.



Ioannis Fulias

Ph.D. in Musicology (University of Athens) – personal website: http://users.uoa.gr/~foulias. He was born in Athens in 1976. In 1989 he started to receive music lessons in the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata, wherein he took the degrees in Harmony (1994), Counterpoint (1996), Fugue (1998) and Piano (1998). In 1994 he joined the Department of Musical Studies (now the Faculty of Music Studies) of the University of Athens, from where he graduated in 1999, and in which defended successfully his Doctoral Dissertation in Musicology in 2005 (Slow movements in sonata forms in the classic era. A contribution to the evolution of genres and structural types through the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven). He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Musicologia and Polyphonia and of the Advisory Board of the last one, while he has been president and secretary of the Graduates’ Association of the Department of Musical Studies of the University of Athens as well as vice-president of the Greek Association of the Organ. He has also participated in scientific meetings and international congresses, he has published several articles and translations in various Greek musicological journals and music periodicals as well as in other scientific publications, and he contributes for several years to programmes’ notes for the Megaron – the Athens Concert Hall.



Ilias Giannopoulos

He studied piano at the Athens Conservatory. In 1990 he was awarded the diploma in pianoforte with “excellence”. He also studied music theory with the distinguished Greek composer Michael Travlos. He then studied musicology and philosophy at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg i.Br., where he graduated in 1996 with Magister Artium. Since 1999 he works for the Music Library “Lilian Voudouri” (Athens Concert Hall) as responsible for acquisitions. As writer of articles, texts and analyses he collaborates with the editions department of the Athens Concert Hall, with the Athens Festival, the Ensemble Skalkottas, the newspaper To Vima, with record-companies (Intuition / Schott etc.) and the Greek Television. He has represented papers in international congresses.



Konstantinos Tsahourides

He was born in Veria, Greece. In 1996 he won the first prize as a traditional vocalist in a Pan-Hellenic music competition, organized by the Greek Ministry of Education at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron). In 1997 he was awarded a scholarship by his Eminence, the Metropolitan of Veria, Mr. Panteleimon (Greek Orthodox Church), and has successfully finished his BA in Music Studies and MMus in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths University of London. In 2003 he has been given a scholarship by the “Michael Marks Charitable Trust” for doctoral studies; his thesis’ title is: “Folk vocal techniques of Pontos and Epirus in modern Greece: a study in reflexive musical ethnography”.

In 2004 he started his collaboration with the Greek composer Dimitri (Mimis) Plessas in a TV series by NET called Niovi’s Children. Three world premieres of the same composer follow: Kosmas o Aitolos (2005), St. Paul (2006), and the music monography Holy Memories (2007); all of them were arranged, performed, produced and conceived by Tsahourides. His contribution to the music he loves and serves has been also awarded in 2005 by the Hellenic Foundation in London (Academia Athinon) with its annual Arts Award as “The most promising young Greek musician working in United Kingdom”. In 2006 he has been given the role of Soloist and Artistic Director at the official opening ceremony of the 21st International Congress of London (Patron: HRH Prince Charles and President: Lady Marina Marks).

Tsahourides participated in various concerts, festivals, musicals, masterclasses, TV and Radio productions, BBC recordings, ceremonies at various venues such as: South Bank Centre of London, Theatre of Herodus Atticus, Athens Concert Hall, St. Pancras Cathedral, etc. As a dramatic baritone he has performed works by Handel, Rutter, Tavener, Verdi, Schubert, and also the especially committed musical piece Lament for Constantinople by Sir John Tavener. Finally, in June 2007 he performs Bizet’s Carmen (Escamillo) in a University of London production.


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