The Greek Byzantine Choir

Conductor: Lykourgos A. Angelopoulos

The Conductor

Lykourgos A. Angelopoulos

Lykourgos A. Angelopoulos was born in Pyrgos, Peloponesus in 1941. He studied Byzantine Music at the School of National Music, under the tutelage of the great musician and musicologist, Simon Karas, and Law at the University of Athens. He has been the "Protopsaltis" (first chanter) at the Church of Saint Irene in Athens (first Cathedral). He is the founder and director of the Greek Byzantine Choir and professor of Byzantine Music at the Nikos Skalkotas Conservatory and at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens. He is the director of the Children's Byzantine Choir of the Archdiocese of Athens since its foundation and the director of the School of Byzantine Music at the Diocese of Helias.

He has collaborated with the Athens Radio Broadcast on programs related to Byzantine Music and has performed contemporary music composed by M. Adamis, D. Terzakis and K. Sfetsas. He is a member of the research team headed by Marcel Peres in France, which studies the old western chants and their relationship to the byzantine ones. He has performed byzantine, old roman, ambrosian and other old western chants in recordings with the Ensemble Organum in France.

In 1994, he was honored by his All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I with the Patriarchal Offikion and was named Archon Protopsaltis (First Chanter) of the Holy Archdiocese of Constantinople. Also, he has been honored by his Beautitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Diodoros, by the Orthodox Church of Filand and by the Diocese of Patras in Greece.