Gerasimos Papadopoulos was born in Athens in 1988 and grew up in Cyprus. He studied literatur, Linguistics (Master's Degree), and is a PhD candidate in Byzantine Musicology under the supervision of Professor Achilleas Chaldaiakis. He started chanting as a small child taking lessons with Fr. Haralambos Zoumos. Byzantine Music Degree with Grigoris Anastasiou (2011). At the center of his academic interest is the relationship between language and music, with his more specific research goal being the multi-level linguistic analysis and theorization of the singing art synchronously and through time. He studied Turkish oud and makam theory with Andreas Christodoulou, Christos Tsiamoulis, Alexandros Papadimitrakis, Yurdal Tokcan, Muhittin Kemal Temel, Kyriakos Tapakis and Haris Lambrakis, as well as Ottoman singing with Ahmet Erdoğdular.
He teaches theory courses in Greek traditional music and Byzantine Music at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory, organizes several month-long seminars on the theory of makams at the Greek Music Center "Phoivos Anogianakis" and Byzantine music repertoire at Labyrinth online, while he was a professor of English terminology of Byzantine musicological terms at the European University of Cyprus and spelling of New Method at the University of Athens. He sings old and modern oriental songs with various musical groups in Athens playing the oud, while chanting in various temples in Greece and abroad.
He has composed music for theater, fairy tales, spoken word works of tropical music, as well as folk, children's and oriental songs. So far, he has released an online album of restored 18th-century Byzantine hymns, and one of his personal compositions.
Theory of traditional music | Byzantine music | Oud