Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, “En Chordais” ensemble and guest musicians


“A unique and inspiring music…Listen to Exile and lose yourself in its mosaic of emotions”
Hi Tech Magazine – Greece


Alte Oper – Frankfurt, Germany, 20 of February 2017
Le Rocher de Palmer – Bordeaux, France, April 2017
Pafos, Culture Capital of Europe 2017, Cyprus, May 2017
Wiesbadener Casino – Wiesbaden, Germany, February 2018
Alte Wollfabrik – Schwetzingen, Germany, February 2018
Opéra de Lyon, France, March 2018
Heraklion Festival – Crete, Greece, September 2018
De Centrale – Gent, Belgium, October 2018
Strasbourg, France, March 2019
Scène Nationale de Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, France, March 2019
La Marberie – Paris, France, March 2019
Princeton University, USA, November 2019
Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, November 2019
First Church of Cambridge, Boston, USA, November 2019

Philharmonie de Paris, December 2021

The history of humanity is a history of exiles. For Jews and Christians, the exile from Paradise is the beginning of history. Jesus Christ was exiled in Egypt. For Muslims, it is the exile from Mecca. For political dissidents throughout the world, it is a miserable refrain, one of the principle forms of “reeducation”, punishment or simply annihilation. Millions of human beings have been led violently, by force or voluntarily into exile for political, religious or national reasons or simply in search of a better life. Exile is a state of the body, but also a state of mind. It is inscribed in our DNA, we carry within ourselves the nostalgia for an ideal topos, a utopia, even if our daily lives take the form of “normality”. In our days, its real and symbolic aspects are more real than ever.

Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, composer, ud master, artistic director of En Chordais and one of the most important musicians and scholars in the field of Mediterranean music, was born into a family of exiles. His life experience and his musical research led him to deal with the theme of exile. His music for the homonymous project is an attractive blending of east and west, with a very special musicality as a common denominator. Using a wide range of instruments he has achieved a musical result with a very rich timbre, both sensitive and intelligent. The melodies that make up Exile, deeply rooted in the eastern Mediterranean, nonetheless achieve a form of universality and will certainly touch sensitive listeners around the world. Just as the theme of exile, so painfully lived today on the shores of Asia Minor and Greece cannot but move us because it carries within it an eternal human tragedy.

“For those who have lived or are living as exiles in a foreign place, or in their own place, on account of an idea, a belief, or just to earn their daily bread.
Exile is the road of return to that home that is more our own; into arms that are more our own.”

Exile is a concert full of the emotions of separation, love, anticipation and hope, transporting the listener to their own personal exile.

Line up
Kyriakos Petras: violin
Kyriakos Kalaitizidis: oud, voice
Yiorgos Kokkinakis: piano
Petros Papageorgiou: percussions
Nikos Andrikos: voice

Possible guest musicians
Maria Farantouri – voice
Thanasis Koulentianos – qanun
Kiya Tabassian: setar, voice
Mathilde Gomas: viola da gamba


Kyriakos Kalaitzidis

Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, composer, oud player, artistic director and cofounder of “En Chordais”, is considered one of the most important musicians and scholars in the field of modal secular music of the post-Byzantine era and Mediterranean today. As a member of “En Chordais” or as soloist he has given more than 2000 concerts in 45 countries in major festivals and venues: Sydney Opera House, Berlin Philharmonie, Salle Pleyel (Paris), Lincoln Center (New York), Maison Symphonic (Montreal), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Cornell University, San Marco (Venice), Hong Kong Concert Hall, Onassis Cultural Center (Athens), Les Suds à Arles festival, Fès Festival (Morocco), Melbourne Recital Centre, Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Shanghai World Music Festival, Sori World Music Festival (South Korea) and many others. Kyriakos’ discography includes recordings of local traditions, presentation of unknown art music works as well as compositional works. His latest album “The Musical Voyages of Marco Polo” has been released by World Village – Harmonia Mundi and it was honored by the “Prix Academie Charles Cros”.

He has given lectures and master classes in eminent institutions such as Princeton University, Université de Strasbourg, Istanbul State Conservatory, Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), Torino University, Ca’ Foscari University (Venice) and Holly Cross College (Boston). In 2002-2005 he was artistic director of the MediMuses project, which was dedicated to celebrating the Mediterranean’s shared classical musical heritage. In October 2012 his PhD “Post-Byzantine Music Manuscripts as a Source for Oriental Secular Music” was published by the Orient Institut – Istanbul & Ergon-Verlag publisher.