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Harilaos Taliadoros

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Mr Taliadoros has the official title of First Chanter among the first chanters (Arkhon Protopsalti) from the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople.

In the written tradition

He is one of the most known Byzantine Music Composers in the world.

In the oral tradition (Interpretation and performance)

He has one of the most known Byzantine schools in the world. All studies and researches addressing Byzantine Music refer to him as a reference in the authentic Byzantine performance.

Χαρίλαος Ταλιαδώρος

TaliadorosíLife

 

Harilaos Taliadoros was born in Thessaloniki in 1926. He was distinguished for his excellent voice and musical talent from his childhood. His teacher in Byzantine chant was Protopsaltis Christoforos Koutsouradis from Chios. In 1942, at the age of 16, he was appointed the Lambadarios of the church of Agios Therapon by ever-memorable Gennadios, the then Metropolitan of Thessaloniki and at the end of the same year he became the Protopsaltis of the same church. In 1944 he moved to the church of Saint Fanourios and John the Baptist where he stayed until 1952 when he was called to the church of the St. Sophia (a significant cathedral of Thessaloniki) by Metropolitan Panteleimon to succeed Protopsaltis Socrates Papadopoulos. Greatest impact on Taliadoros' formation as psaltis had his acquaintance with Archon Protopsaltis Konstantinos Pringos, whom he first met in 1945.

Harilaos Taliadoros currently is still the Protopsaltis of St. Sophia where he has been faithfully serving the Church for well over 50 years. He is a prolific composer and his numerous books provide an excellent source of sometimes traditional and other times personal analysis of musical theses found in classical editions of Byzantine chant. In addition to his overall traditional style, he introduced some polyphonic chants in his publications as well as his church repertoire.

Worth mentioning are his teaching activities in various music schools in Thessaloniki where he has trained hundreds of students thus contributing to the preservation and dissemination of the authentic Byzantine chant. He has been invited to chant to many feasts in Constantinople, various places in Greece and overseas. He was honored to have chanted with Protopsaltis Thrasyboulos Stanitsas at various occasions. Among his students one can single out Athanasios Bougiouklis, Angelos Kounas, Christos Chalkias, Theodoros Vasileiou and Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos.

In recognition of Harilaos Taliadoros' important contributions to the Byzantine chant and his services to the Church, the Ecumenical Patriarch awarded him the offikion of the Archon Protopsaltis of Archdiocese of Constantinople.

 

Importance of Taliadorosí Visit to Lebanon

The visit of Taliadoros to Lebanon is historic. The last Arkhon Protopsaltis was Thrasivoulos Stanitsas. He visited Lebanon once in the seventies and his visit was documented as a historic event in the history of Byzantine Music in Antioch.

The coming visit of Taliadoros has the same effect especially that, most probably, it will be his last visit to Lebanon as well.