About the Authors

Achilleas G. Chaldaeakes, associate professor of Byzantine Musicology at the Department of Musical Studies of the NKUA, published more than 100 studies (monographs, articles, entries in encyclopaedias, communications in congresses, essays in various collective volumes and scientific reviews, etc.), mostly on various subjects (theoretical, historical, aesthetic, etc.) pertaining to the field of Byzantine Music. He is also a regular collaborator and consultant on Byzantine musicological entries in both the Great Orthodox Christian Encyclopaedia and the ПРАВОСЛАВНАЯ ЭНЦИКЛОПЕДИЯ. He participates in almost all congresses on Byzantine Music both in Greece and abroad, and is a member of the scientific and organizing committees in most of them. He is also an active member of various international scientific societies (such as the Institute of Byzantine Musicology, The International Society for Orthodox Church Music, The American Society of Byzantine Music and Hymnology, etc.) whose activities are focused on Byzantine Musicological studies. At the same time, he is the director of an artistic group of international renown, the choir Masters of Psaltic Art. With this choir he has given, up to the present day, more than 400 performances in Europe, Asia, America and Australia, has recorded 20 CDs and has appeared in many radio and TV shows in Greece and abroad.

Dimitri Conomos is a Byzantine musicologist who lives in Oxford, England. He has taught Medieval and Contemporary musicology at several universities in Europe, North America and Australia. He has written several books and a large number of articles on various theoretical and historical aspects of Eastern Church music (see Dimitri E. Conomos, The Late Byzantine and Slavonic Communion Cycle: Liturgy and Music, Dumbarton Oaks, 1985; Dimitri E. Conomos, Byzantine Hymnography and Byzantine Chant, Hellenic College Press, Brookline MA, 1984).  Every year he visits the Holy Mountain where he continues his research in the Romanian, Greek, Russian and Serbian archives.

Costin Moisil is an associate professor at the National University of Music Bucharest where he teaches ethnomusicology and academic writing. He is also a researcher at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant in Bucharest and an editor for the Ethnophonie CD series of traditional musics. His research focuses on Byzantine church music and oral musics in Romania. His last book is Construcția unei identități românești în muzica bisericească [Constructing a Romanian Identity in Church Music], 2018.
Since 2015 Moisil is an executive editor of Musicology Today: Journal of the National University of Music Bucharest. He was an Odobleja fellow of the New Europe College, Bucharest (2012-13). In 2016 he was awarded the Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers and Musicologists for historiography.

John Plemmenos holds an MPhil and PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Cambridge, with a scholarship from the British Academy. He has taught in several Greek universities, and in 2008 he was elected research fellow at the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre of the Academy of Athens, while lecturing in the Hellenic Open University. In 2017, he was invited on a sabbatical leave at the Institute of Orthodox Theology, Université Laval (Montreal, Canada). He has published extensively in various academic journals. He has edited three volumes for the Academy of Athens, and has his PhD thesis published in Germany (Berlin, 2010). He has broadcasted for the BBC Radio 3, Radio Romania, and Greek stations. He has contributed to Grove Music Online (2017), and the Oxford Handbook of Orthodox Theology (forthcoming). He is a member of the Hellenic Folklore Society, and the advisory board in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Music.

Michalis Stroumpakis works as Assistant Professor at the University Ecclesiastical Academy of Herakleion in Crete. He studied Byzantine music with Archon Protopsaltes of the Archdiocese of Constantinople L. Angelopoulos (1992) and Theology at the University of Athens (1993). Stroumpakis got his Master degree in Church History (2001) and his PhD in Byzantine Musicology (2007). He plays the ney (reed flute), and is the first chanter at the Church of St. George (Neos Kosmos) in Heraklion.
Research interest is focused on history of music, hymnology and palaiography (see also the two books: Hieremias I, Patriarch of Constantinople, His life and work, Fanarion Ed. 2004, and Nikolaos Dochearites, His contribution to the psaltic art, dissertation, forthcoming).
Stroumpakis is also a fellow worker at MOXE (Great Orthodox Christian Encyclopedia) and since 2011 he has been a member of ISOCM (International Society of Orthodox Church Music).