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Dear participants in the 13th edition of the Masterclass of Byzantine Chant from Iași,

„Indeed, psaltic music is not only prayer but also art,
but in order to understand it as art, in the proper spirit,
you must seek prayer first.”
(Panagiotis Neochotiris)

The Masterclass of Byzantine Chant in Iasi will bring to the attention of its attendees a topical approach to the musical phenomenon, in the light of the latest discoveries of neurosciences that stand as a contemporary testimony for the high wisdom of philokalic reflections.

The brand name of the Masterclass of Byzantine Chant in Iași was largely formed thanks to the direct and tireless involvement of the researcher and associate professor Maria Alexandru, PhD (“Aristotelis” University of Thessaloniki).

The special guest who honors us for the fourth time with his presence in the greatest event dedicated exclusively to Psaltic Art in Romania is Master Panagiotis Neochoritis, Archon Protopsaltis of the Great Church of Christ (Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople).

This year, the organisers of the Masterclass of Byzantine Chant have prepared a special edition, which tackles the papadic genre from a practical, theoretical and historical perspective. Through this topic, we conclude the cycle of the three years in which we have presented the Byzantine compositional genres, maximizing now the deep understanding of interpretative acts through the prism of the ”master-disciple” relation.

In memoriam Archontos Protopsaltis Lykourgos Angelopoulos, 
honorary MCB member

Byzantion in concert in Sankt Petersburg, together with