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  Currator Mr Lefteris Xatzilaris Byzantine Music and Traditional Songs  
     
   
     
 
 

Eleftherios I. Chatzilaris

Short resumé.

Eleftherios I. Chatzilaris was born in Kos, Dodecanese, on 4th September 1973. e comes from Leros. He is an offspring of a priestly family, of father Sofronios (formerly known as Ioannis) and his wife, Euphrosyne. In 1990 he graduated the Capitulary School of Patmos "Patmiada".

He continued his theological studies in the Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens, which he disrupted in the second year so to devote himself completely to his Music studies in the National Conservatory and then the Conservatory “Romanos o Melodos”.

 

During his studies he served as a Cantor in the Church of St. Anna in Sarantaporo, Ekali and then as a Lampadarius in the beauteous Church of St. Constantine in Omonoia with Archimandrite Serafeim Metzelopoulos (at present Archbishop of Piraeus).

Eleftherios I. Chatzilaris has obtained the following degrees:

i. Byzantine Music Diploma (with Honors)

ii. Byzantine Music Teacher Diploma (with Great Honors)

iii. Special Harmony Degree (with Merit)

iv. Counterpoint Degree (with Merit)

He plays several musical instruments: Violin, Piano, Guitar, Bouzouki, Keyboard.

On the return to his hometown Leros, he marries his beloved Spyridoula Syridakis with whom he shares a son. In 1997, he starts his own music school, the Chatzilaris Music School (1997-2011). During this time, he organized music bands and choirs presenting a large number of performances and concerts of several repetoires.

At the same time, he was a soloist with the Municipal Choir of Kalymnos under the direction of Cantor George Chatzitheodorou and also the National Music Choir under the direction of the dearly departed Theodore Vasileiou, presenting religious oratorios and traditional songs in many parts of Greece and abroad (Instanbul, Cyprus and more).

Eleftherios I. Chatzilaris has occupied himself with studying and recording the traditional music of his island from the first moment he returned to Leros in 1995. He has already put on paper a very large part of the traditional music of Leros in Byzantine and European notation.

In 2015, he starts the music band “KONTRA-SI” with his 11-year-old son Ioannis, which presents Greek music concerts (traditional, folk, byzantine music and more).

In September 2016 ,after the recommendation of the Archbishop of Leros and Mr. George Chatzitheodorou, he is appointed Director of the Byzantine Music School of the Holy Metropolis of Leros, Kalymnos and Astypalaia by the Ministry of Culture.

He lives on Leros island and he works as an administrative assistant in the Hospital of Leros.

e-mail: leftixatzi@gmail.com

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