Kyriakos Kalaitzidis is composer, oud player, artistic director and cofounder of the musical ensemble En Chordais. He studied Theology in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Byzantine Musicology in Athens University where he obtained his PhD. His doctoral thesis deals with the issue of Post-Byzantine Music Manuscripts as a Source for Oriental Secular Music and it was published by the Orient Institut (Istanbul) & Ergon-Verlag publisher. He has given lectures, workshops and master classes at Princeton University, Harvard University, Université de Strasbourg, Istanbul State Conservatory, Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), Torino University, Ca’ Foscari University (Venice), Holy Cross College (Boston), New England Conservatory and Yildirim Beyazit University (Ankara). He has published 4 books, over 27 articles, 15 CDs while he edited 28 more. As a member of En Chordais or as soloist he has given more than 2000 concerts in 45 countries in major festivals and venues. His research interests focus on documentation, commentary and transcription into staff notation of the Oriental secular music. In July 2020 he has been appointed as Associate Professor at the Department of Music Studies, University of Ioannina.
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