”Byzantion” Academic Choir
The Byzantion Choir currently functions in Iași, Romania, with the blessings of His Eminence Teofan, Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina, and under the auspices of the University of Art “George Enescu” Iasi. The Choir is represented by the "Byzantion Cultural Association".
Since 1997, the Choir had many concerts in Greece, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, the Republic of Moldova, Germany, Mount Athos and Romania, at important international music festivals (Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay, Rencontres Médiévales de Thoronet, Spiritualita di Torino, The roots of our songs - Jaroslaw, Atlantis of Nord - Olsytyn,The friends of Santorini, Willibrord 658 – 2008, Przemysl, Pontigny, Plock, Summer School Orthodox Music Festival - Sankt Petersburg, Brixner initiative Musik und Kirsche „Drama und Liturgie” - Bressanone, Archaion Kallos – Prague, Euroasia Festival – Ekaterinburg, Summer School Orthodox Music Festival – Valaam, Russia, etc.).
Every year, the members of the Choir take part in the patron saints' feasts at the monasteries on Mount Athos, as well as in numerous international symposiums where they make known the beauty, the complexity and the depth of the Byzantine monody.
The Byzantion Choir has recorded so far 12 audio albums, from which the last once were recorded under the direct guidance of Master Lykourgos Angelopoulos, Archontos Protopsaltes of the Holy Archdiocese of Constantinople.
Promoting the music of the Holy Fathers of the Eastern Church in the Western context aims at restoring the beauty of the sacred monody of a millenarian tradition; its complexity and sobriety as well as its lack of artificiality and extravagance reveal the musical image of what the Romanian historian Nicolae Iorga called Byzantium after Byzantium.
Adrian Sîrbu (conductor)
Adrian Sîrbu was born in Iași. He graduated the Orthodox Seminary “Sfântul Vasile cel Mare” (where he studied Psaltic music under the supervision of Assoc. prof. Florin Bucescu), graduated the ”Dumitru Stăniloae” Faculty of Orthodox Theology and completed a Master’s programe “Christian Philosophy and Cultural Dialogue”of the Faculty of Philosophy of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi.
He also graduated the Faculty of Composition, Musicology, Music Pedagogy and Theatre from the University of Arts „George Enescu” of Iași, Musical Pedagogy department.
He graduated the National Conservatory of Athens (under the supervision of prof. Lykourgos Angelopoulos) and completed the Master’s program within the same Conservatory (under the supervision of prof. dr. Georgios Konstantinou). He graduated the School of Psaltic Music “Izvorul tămăduirii” of Athens (under the supervision of prof. Konstas Angelidis). He developed project of musical research with professors of Gregorian chant of the Music School of Echternach (Luxembourg).
He is the founder and the conductor of the ”Byzantion” Psaltic Choir (since 1997), with which he participated in numerous festivals in Europa and released 12 audio albums. He was conductor of the ”Nicolaus” mixed choir (2005-2012) with which he released 2 carol albums. He was member of the Greek Byzantine Choir from Athens and beginning with 2010, he has been member of the ”Graindelavoix” Ensemble from Anvers (Belgium) with which he took part in numerous masterclass courses, research and performing projects related to the medieval music. He was member/associate of the Iași „Moldova” Philharmonic Chorus, of ”Cantores Amicitiae” Ensemble and ”Mira”Ensemble.
Since 2008, he has been artistic director of the International Masterclass of Byzantine Chant from Iași, president of ”Byzantion” Cultural Association and graduate assistant within the department of Sacred Music of The Faculty of Composition, Musicology, Music Pedagogy and Theatre, the University of Arts ”George Enescu” of Iași.
Since 2017, he has been artistic director of the Iași Byzantine Music Festival. He is also PhD student in Byzantine music, at the ”Aristotle” University of Thessaloniki, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Maria Alexandru.