The Maestros of the Psaltic Art

Athens, Greece

“The Maestors of the Psaltic Art” is a Choir of Chanters well-known in the field of Byzantine Musicology. 



. The main goals and objectives of this Choir of Chanters are:

[a] the study and presentation of the works of the main Byzantine and post-Byzantine composers

[b] the morphological study and analysis of the various “types” of composition

[c] the general promotion of the Psaltic Art, with scholarly substantiation and skilled technique

[d] the chanting of entire divine services during times of worship. “The Maestros of the Psaltic Art” have offered, up to now, over four hundred presentations, both in Greece and abroad (Europe, Asia, America and Australia).

They have chanted in very famous Music Halls [such as: the “main hall” of the University of Athens, the “Music Hall” of Athens and Thessalonica, the Opera House of Sydney, the “Music Hall” of Seoul, etc.], as well as in a lot of Byzantine Churches [such as: the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, the Church of St Andrew in Patra, the “Ekatontapyliani” Church on the Island of Paros, the Church of Apocalypse on Patmos, the main Monastery of the Meteora, the Church of St Lazarus in Larnaca, Cyprus, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Basilica of St Mark in Venice, the Church of St Paraskeva in Iasi, Romania, etc.] and also during various important services and ceremonies [such as: in the Island of Aegina for the Grand opening of the new church of Saint Nektarios, in Great Hellas-Calabria and Sicily for the official pilgrimage of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeus, in Nazareth for the 2000 years since the Annunciation, etc.].

“The Maestros of the Psaltic Art” have recorded, up to the present, the following works: Ioannes Koukouzeles [3 records and cassettes], Balasis the priest [2 records], Germanos of New Patras [1 CD], “Apocalypse and Historical Witness 1088-1988” [2 records and cassettes], Meteora Sacra [2 records and cassettes], Mount Athos Composers I [1 CD], “Come, Christ-bearing Peoples” [2 cassettes], Engainizou-Engainizou [1 cassette], “Rejoice, O peoples” [1 CD], Beloved Hymns [1 CD], Pannychis [1 CD], Lift Up your Heads, O ye Gates [1 CD], Byzantine and Gregorian Antiphons [1 CD], Chant for the God I-II-III-IV [9 CDs], Compositions of K. A. Psachos [1 CD].




Achilleas G. Chaldaeakes

Achilleas G. Chaldæakes

Professor of Byzantine Musicology and Psaltic Art at the Department of Music Studies of the School of Philosophy of the NKUA. He teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the NKUA, but also at other Universities and Institutes. His published scientific work comprises more than 200 studies (monographs, articles, entries in encyclopædias, papers in conferences, essays in various collective volumes and scientific reviews, etc.), mostly on various subjects (theoretical, historical, aesthetical, etc.) pertaining to the field of Byzantine Musicology and Psaltic Art. He participates in Conferences 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 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 “The Maestros of the Psaltic Art”. With this choir he has given, up to the present day, more than 400 performances in Europe, Asia, America and Australia and has appeared in Radio and TV shows in Greece and abroad. He also is an internationally recognized chanter, i.e. an artist-performer of Byzantine Music and he has recorded, alone or with various ensembles, often under his own direction, Byzantine hymns – several of them were discovered by himself in the frame of his parallel academic research – or even musical examples of Secular or Folk Music and compositions of Contemporary Music as well. His whole activity as an internationally recognized musician in his twofold quality, both as a scientific researcher and University Professor and as an artist, composer, interpreter, and director of musical ensembles, explores new paths toward a global, multifaceted and innovative, approach to Byzantine Musicology and Psaltic Art.




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