Monday, December 12, 2011

Christos Hatzinikolaou (Χρήστος Χατζινικολάου)

It has been a year since the death of Christos Hatzinikolaou, Protopsaltis and Professor of Byzantine Music. He was also one of the two teachers I have had who taught me  Byzantine Music. 
He was born in Samos, Greece, where he finished his school. Then he moved to Athens, where he finished his studies at the Pantio University. He was a teacher of Byzantine Music In the Marsalio Pedagogical Academy, the National School of Music and the private seminary Barbika (St. Paraskevi district in Northern Athens).

He began his music (chanting) career when he was still in Samos at the age of 12. He was Protopsaltis (first chanter) of St. Paraskevi Church in St. Paraskevi district, Athens, for 48 years. For 22 years he was president of the Panhellenic Association of Chanters Romanos Melodos and Ioannis Damaskinos (Πανελλήνιου Συνδέσμου Ιεροψαλτών Ρωμανός ο Μελωδός και Ιωάννης ο Δαμασκηνός)  and President of the Federation of Associations of Chanters in Greece (Ομοσπονδίας Ιεροψαλτικών Συλλόγων Ελλάδας - Ο.Μ.Σ.Ι.Ε.).
He was a loved teacher and person, who always found a way to teach and joke, providing help when needed and being like a father figure within the Byzantine Music community, being respected by everyone. He was a Teacher who did not only transfer the knowledge and tips he had concerning Byzantine Music, but also shared values and morals, a Christian way of life, respect and love for others, pointing out the importance of tradition and the rich heritage we have through our culture but most importantly through our wonderful music, which all of us have the responsibility of preserving.
He has given concerts in the most important Athenian Theatres and Music Halls and also in various places outside Greece. From these achievements and due to his enormous works he has received countless awards in respect to his career in Byzantine Music. 
1.01: Christos Hatzinikolaou is seen in this video
During his funeral countless chanters, many of whom where previous students of his, chanted from the left analogio, leaving the right one (where he stood for 48 years) vacant, showing respect for their beloved teacher. 

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