Christos Tsiamoulis

Greece

Christos Tsiamoulis is a professor and a composer. In the present, he teaches at the National Conservatory of Athens and the ”Saint Maixmus the Greek” Institute. Since 2004 he has been the director of three vocal ensembles from Athens.

Christos Tsiamoulis was born in Athens in 1961. He studied guitar at the National Conservatory of Athens under the scientific supervision of Professor Liza Zoi and Byzantine music at the National Conservatory of Athens under the scientific supervision of Lykourgos Angelopoulos.

In 1980, motivated by Simon Karas, he started to study the traditional Greek Music and the string instruments and brass instruments. He plays oud, lute, tambouras Byzantine lyre, kemanes, Cappadocian kemanes, ney, flute, and kaval.

He worked with artists such as Halil Karaduman (with whom he released the album ”Christos Tsiamoulis meets Halil Karaduman”); Erkan Ogour; Suleiman Erghiuner (ney artist); Michalis Kaliotzidis; Georgios Amarantidis. Moreover he worked with the Academy of Athens, performing in two concerts together with his ensemble on the 90th anniversary of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre. In 2014, he performed in a concert within the symposium ”The Byzantine Music through the New Writing Method”, using the works of the byzantine composers from Thessaloniki.

Since 2004, he has been working along with Maria Farantouris as singer and lute and oud artist with whom he performed in numerous concerts in Europe and America. He is a fellow of many orchestras from Greece such as ”Estoudiantina” or ”Mikis Theodorakis”.

He performed concerts with his ensemble in America (New York, Boston, Chicago, Saint Louis and Saint Barbara) in Europe (Utrecht, Amsterdam, Bonn, Berlin, Munich, London, Dresden, Stockholm, Helsinki, Venice, Madrid, Seville, Cordova, Castillo Barcelona, San Sebastian) as well as in other parts of the world (Moscow, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Cyprus, Smyrna, Cairo, Sidney, Melbourne, Vietnam).

In addition to these activities, Christos Tsiamoulis is a professor and a composer. As a professor, in 1986 he started his career teaching musical instruments at the ”Goulandris-Horn” Museum, the ”Peristeris” Conservatory, the National Conservatory of Athens, the Music School of Perissos, the Music Highschool of Haidari, the Folkloric Instruments Museum, the Municipal Conservatory of Patras. In the present, he teaches at the National Conservatory of Athens” and the ”Saint Maixmus the Greek” Institute. Since 2004 he has been the supervisor of three vocal ensembles from Athens.

His publishing activity focuses on the Greek music tradition. He published three books: an anthology of songs of the Greeks from Constantinople, the textbook ”The Musical Scale Played on the Oud” and the music theory book ”The Arithmetic Modal System”. Moreover, he writes music articles for the Pemptousia Journal.

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