Print this page

Overview

Rate this item
(3 votes)

index

 

 

 

The Byzantion Choir currently functions in Iasi, 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 has had a great 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, 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.

Under the direct guidance of Master Lykourgos Angelopoulos, Archon Precentor of the Archdiocese of Constantinople and teacher at the State Conservatory of Athens, the Choir Byzantion has recorded so far 10 audio albums.

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".